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Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions
Department of Physician Assistant Studies
 
 
 
Accreditation and PANCE
   
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Accreditation

The University of South Alabama is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award baccalaureate, master’s, doctor of philosophy and doctor of medicine degrees.

Program accreditation has been granted by the Accreditation Review Commission for Physician Assistants (ARC-PA). The goals and objectives of the program are guided by the criteria set forth in the Essentials and Guidelines for an Accredited Educational Program for the Physician Assistant, as established by ARC-PA.

The ARC-PA has granted Continued Accreditation to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the University of South Alabama. Continued accreditation is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Continued Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next comprehensive review of the Program by the ARC-PA will be September 2014.



Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) Pass Rates

Graduates of the program will be able to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE), which is required by the State Board of Medical Examiners in most states to practice as a physician assistant.

 

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

July 2009

2009

34

85%

92%

Class of 2010

2010

34

100%

94%

Class of 2011

2011

35

94%

91%

Class of 2012

2012

39

92%

93%

Class of 2013

2013

37

89%

94%

 

Five Year First Time Taker Average Pass Rate for Program: 92%
Five Year National First Time Taker Average: 93%

Overall pass rate 2011-2013: 97%



Source: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)



 
University of South Alabama Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions Department of Physician Assistant Studies