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Press Release: For DeSales Physician Assistant Graduates the Proof is in the Numbers, Time and Again
Date: 4/2/2009

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For DeSales Physician Assistant Graduates the Proof is in the Numbers, Time and Again

(April 2, 2009) -- Time and again, graduates of the DeSales University Physician Assistant Program have shown the proof is in the numbers.

For the seventh consecutive year, the DeSales graduates have achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE). The national examination must be passed, in order to become licensed and to practice medicine in any of the 50 states. The typical range for scores on PANCE is from 280 to 610. The DeSales graduating class of 2008, composed of 35 students, passed the examination with an average score of 646. This mark the eighth consecutive year that DeSales has exceeded the 610 score.

A total of 20 different skill areas (organ systems), such as cardiology, pulmonary medicine, endocrine and tasks, such as clinical intervention and therapeutics, are individually scored. The DeSales graduates averaged an 84 percent, with the average first-time test taker averaging a 76 percent. They also scored at least 10 percent per student higher in the areas of cardiology, dermatology, hematology, and pharmacology.

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

Bruce, who was recently named Distinguish Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, cites the founding of the DeSales Free Clinic, a free medical clinic serving the homeless population of the Allentown Rescue Mission, as 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.

A total of 10 classes have graduated form the program since its inception. The DeSales Class of 2008 ranked first in the nation on the national standardized in-training examination known as the PACKRAT (Physician Assistant Clinical Knowledge Rating Assessment Test), while they were attending DeSales. They are the eighth class in DeSales' history to be ranked first in the nation on this examination. There are a total of 142 Physician Assistant Programs in the nation, with 15 of those accredited programs being located in Pennsylvania.

For more information, please contact Christine Bruce, director of the DeSales University Physician Assistant Program, at 610-282-1100, ext. 1474.

Press Release: For DeSales Physician Assistant Graduates the Proof is in the Numbers, Time and Again | Posted on: 4/2/2009

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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