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Program Goals and Success

Program Goals

  • The PA program will demonstrate a 90% graduation rate for each entering cohort.
  • The PA program graduating class will demonstrate at least 90% first-time pass rate on the national certifying exam annually.
  • The PA program is preparing graduates for employment to meet growing primary care needs.

Success In Achieving Goals

The program monitors data on its students rigorously throughout their progression during both the didactic and clinical years. We do this to ensure a high standard of academic excellence by critically evaluating the curriculum on a regular basis. The following areas are benchmarks of success for our program.

First Year First Time Taker Summary Report from NCCPA

NCCPA PANCE printable outcomes for graduated students.

Class Class Graduation Year Number of First Time Takers Program First Time Taker Pass Rate National First Time Taker Pass Rate for the Class Graduation Year
Class of 2015 2015 25 92% 96%
Class of 2016 2016 28 100% 96%
Class of 2017 2017 28 96% 97%
Class of 2018 2018 25 100% 98%
Class of 2019 2019 29 90% 93%
Class of 2020 2020 29 93% 95%
Class of 2021 2021 30 87% 93%

Five Year First Time Taker Average Pass Rate for Program: 93%

Five Year National First Time Taker Average: 93%


ARC-PA Attrition and Graduation Rate

  Graduated Classes
Class of 2018 Class of 2019 Class of 2020 Class of 2021
Maximum Entering Class Size (as approved by ARC-PA) 30 30 30 30
Entering Class Size 28 30 30 30
Graduates 25 29 29 30
*Attrition Rate 11% 3% 3% 0%
**Graduation Rate 89% 97% 97% 100%

*Attrition rate calculation: Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size.

**Graduation rate: Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size.



Information regarding employment is reported below from the students who have completed employment surveys during the first 6 months after graduating. The program will continue to monitor each cohort over time.

Per the mission of the program to prepare a diverse group of highly skilled Physician Assistant practitioners who are dedicated to improving access and providing high quality primary and/or specialty health care as part of interprofessional teams and who are committed to lifelong learning and increasing the knowledge base of the profession. The program is proud to announce the following statistics related to employment.

  • 91% of those who completed their surveys are employed.
  • 73% are working in either family medicine or internal medicine subspecialties.
  • The average starting salary for these graduates is approximately $88,000 annually.
May 26, 2022