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Press Release: DeSales University Physician Assistant Graduates Receive 100 Percent First Time Pass Rate on National Exam
Date: 4/7/2008


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DeSales University Physician Assistant Graduates Receive 100 Percent First Time Pass Rate on National Exam

For the sixth consecutive year, DeSales University Physician Assistant graduates have a 100 percent first time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE). The graduating class of 2007 was composed of 43 students who graduated on September 1, 2007.

PANCE, the only examination given to graduating physician assistants, must be passed in order to be eligible for licensure in all 50 states. The Class of 2007 had an average of 660, while the national average was 517. This is the seventh consecutive year that the DeSales class finished above the score of 610, which is listed as the 98th percentile in the nation. On average, the DeSales graduates scored 10 percent higher than the national average on 20 separate graded areas.

"The integrated curriculum, experienced faculty and strong clinical sites are the reasons for the success in DeSales Physician Assistant program," said Christine Bruce, MHSA, PA-C, program director.

According to Bruce, establishing the DeSales Free Clinic, a free medical clinic serving the homeless population of the Allentown Rescue Mission, is one example of how the DeSales Physician Assistant Program has enhanced the clinical experiences of the students in the professional phase.

The PA Program at DeSales first admitted students in 1997. 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 routine duties normally reserved for physicians.


Press Release: DeSales University Physician Assistant Graduates Receive 100 Percent First Time Pass Rate on National Exam | Posted on: 4/7/2008

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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