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Press Release: Physician Assistant Program at DeSales Ranked #1 in Nation
Date: 10/8/2003

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Physician Assistant Program at DeSales Ranked #1 in Nation

Center Valley, Pa. (October 6, 2003) - The Physician Assistant Program at DeSales University placed first in the nation on the national standardized examination, PACKRAT (Physician Assistant Clinical Knowledge Rating Assessment Tool). DeSales was notified that the 41 students comprising the Class of 2004 finished first nationally from among the 1,710 first-year students who sat for the examination.

PACKRAT is a standardized examination that simulates the national certification exam. It is given to students at the completion of their first and second years of the professional phase training to help them prepare for the certification exam. Results from this year's exam indicate that the class of 2004 ranked #1 in the nation for first-year students. These DeSales students averaged 160 on the exam, well above the national average of 130.

For the last seven times that the PACKRAT has been administered, DeSales has finished first in the nation five times and second twice. A total of 134 PA Programs are eligible to administer this examination to their students.

"Clearly, there is a 'DeSales Difference'," said Christine Bruce, Program Director. "The difference is the quality of our faculty and staff, and their tireless commitment to producing compassionate, competent and committed physician assistants."

The Physician Assistant Program at DeSales has attained a notable list of achievements since it was established in 1997. They include: the Pennsylvania State Academic Challenge Bowl champions for the last four years, the Northeast Regional Bowl winners for the last two years, and the National Academic Challenge Bowl Champion in 2002. Also, the class average scores on the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) have been above all other programs in the country for the last two years.

Physician Assistants are licensed medical professionals who work under the supervision of licensed physicians. They practice in both general and specialty medicine and surgery, and perform the routine duties normally reserved for physicians.

The Physician Assistant Program at DeSales first admitted students in 1997. Graduates are highly sought by the Lehigh Valley's top clinicians and typically receive at least two job offers prior to graduation day. They occupy positions at all major medical centers and private offices in the Lehigh Valley, as well as nationwide. The faculty for the DeSales Program consists of Bruce, Dr. Edward Jones, Kathleen Ehrhardt, Dr. Christopher Chapman, Terry Russo, and Laurie Wilson. To date, 165 students have graduated from the program.

For more information on the Physician Assistant Program at DeSales University, contact Linda Schroeder, Program Secretary, at (610) 282-1100, ext. 1415, or check the DeSales University Web site at www.DeSales.edu/physicianassistant



Press Release: Physician Assistant Program at DeSales Ranked #1 in Nation | Posted on: 10/8/2003

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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