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PA Program Goals

PA Program Goals

  1. Maintain Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) first time taker pass rates at or above the national average.

    In order to become a certified physician assistant, all students must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). PANCE is a computerized, multiple-choice test that assesses students' practical medical and surgical knowledge.  The table below demonstrates the University of Mount Union Physician Assistant Studies Program’s success.  The goal has been achieved six out of the past seven years.

    Class Year # of First-Time Takers   Program First-Time Taker Pass Rate National First-Time Taker Pass Rate
    2011 19 95% 91%
    2012 26 96% 93%
    2013 31 87% 94%
    2014 30 100% 95%
    2015 30 100% 96%
    2016 28 96% 96%
    2017 34 97% 97%
  2. Maintain a 95% or greater graduation rate for the students of the University of Mount Union Physician Assistant Studies Program.*

    The table below demonstrates the University of Mount Union Physician Assistant Studies Program’s success.

    Class Year Matriculants   Graduates Rate
    2011 19 19 100%
    2012 27 26 96%
    2013 31 31 100%
    2014 32 30 97%*
    2015 32 30 100%*
    2016 30 28 97%*
    2017 35 34 97%
    2018 40

    *Excluding students who elected to withdraw

  3. Maintain an average score of 8 out of 10 or higher on clinical preceptor evaluations of student professionalism.

    The University of Mount Union Physician Assistant Studies Program teaches and promotes the importance of developing Physician Assistants who work and lead through professionalism. The Physician Assistant Studies Program tracks and monitors student professionalism during the clinical year through clinical preceptor evaluations. 

    • Preceptors evaluate students on the following professional characteristics and rank the students from 1 (marginal/failing) to 10 (exceptional):

    Cohort Humanistic Attributes Relationships with Staff and Colleagues Attitude, Interest, and Responsibility Overall
    2009-11 9.61 9.61 9.67 9.63
    2010-12 9.69 9.69 9.69 9.69
    2011-13 9.75 9.79 9.78 9.77
    2012-14 9.72 9.75 9.72 9.73
    2013-15 9.65 9.69 9.71 9.68
    2014-16 9.76 9.79 9.79 9.78
    2015-17 9.74 9.73 9.73 9.73

    *Excluding students who elected to withdraw

    • Humanistic attributes:  Demonstrates empathy, altruism, sensitivity, respect for the individual, professionalism.
    • Relationship with staff and colleagues:  Ability to interact cooperatively with other members of team. Respectful, professional.
    • Attitude, interest, and responsibility.  Reliable, available, prompt
  4. To have 100% of graduates employed as physician assistants within 6 months of graduation.

    Of the 2016 graduates who responded to a university survey six months after graduation, 100% were employed as PAs.  See the table below for past cohorts.

    Graduate Survey Results – Employment Status

    Class of 2011 Class of 2012 Class of 2013 Class of 2014 Class of 2015 Class of 2016
    Number of Graduates 19 26 31 30 30 28
    Number of Students Responding 10 17 11 18 16 12
    Response Rate 53% 65% 35% 60% 53% 43%
    Percentage of Respondents Employed at Time of Survey (approximately 6 months after graduation) 100% 94% 91% 100% 100% 100%

    PA students at the University of Mount Union are sometimes offered jobs as a result of their supervised clinical practice experiences (clinical rotations).  The Student Success Center at the University assists PA students with resume´ preparation and arranges mock interviews with area employers.  When potential employers contact the program, these job openings are posted for students and alumni to review.  In 2017, the program further assisted students by holding an on-campus job fair with 8 area and regional employers represented including the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center with a combined total of 42 PA jobs openings.