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Accreditation

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

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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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 validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2024. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

Graduate Performance on Certification Exam Results

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. 
 
Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination Results (.pdf) (PANCE) as provided by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination
Five Year First Time Taker Summary Report
Report Date: 07-26-2017
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 2012 2012 39 92% 93%
Class of 2013 2013 37 89% 94%
Class of 2014 2014 40 95% 95%
Class of 2015 2015 40 88% 96%
Class of 2016 2016 39 97% 96%

Five Year First Time Taker Average Pass Rate for Program: 92%
Five Year National First Time Taker Average: 95%



Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination
Five Year First Time Taker Summary Report
Definitions of Report Heading
Class Class nomenclature and the individuals included in each class are determined by PA programs when assigning students to a particular class.
Class Graduation Year Graduation year for the majority of the individuals in the specific class based on the confirmed graduation date provided by the PA program.
Number of First Time Takers Number of individuals from the class who have taken PANCE for the first time as of the date the report was generated.
Program First Time Taker Pass Rate Percent of the first time takers in the class who passed PANCE as of the date the report was generated.
National First Time Taker Pass Rate for the Class Graduation Year National percent of first time takers who passed PANCE in the calendar year corresponding to the class graduation year. National pass rate data is not provided until the full calendar year's data is available.