• Program Performance

    PANCE Performance Data

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    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 2015 2015 28 89% 96%
    Class of 2016 2016 20 100% 96%
    Class of 2017 2017 26 100% 97%
    Class of 2018 2018 30 100% 98%
    Class of 2019 2019 29 86% Available in 2020


    Five Year First Time Taker Average Pass Rate for Program: 97%
    Five Year National First Time Taker Average: 96%

    Definitions of Report Headings

    • 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.

    Program Goal Assessment

    The goals of the University of Charleston PA Program are to:

    • Prepare students to competently provide medical care in the primary care setting
      • Our curriculum is designed from a primary care perspective. Student learning activities, such as lectures, team-based and problem-based learning activities, community outreach projects, and standardized patient encounters prepare students to evaluate and manage patients in a primary care setting.
    • Foster a commitment to medically underserved populations
      • We provide a Rural Medicine course that provides a foundation in principles of medicine in rural Appalachia. The course helps prepare students to work in medically underserved areas.
      • Students are required to complete at least one clinical rotation in a rural area. This provides experiences in medically underserved areas and provides students with opportunities to interact, and develop relationships, with a diverse group of patients in these areas.
    • Promote active participation in the community
      • Each semester throughout the program, students are required to participate in various community service activities.
    • Prepare students to assume leadership roles within the PA profession
      • Students are given the opportunity to hold leadership roles in the University of Charleston Physician Assistant Student Association (UC PASA).
      • We encourage membership and participation in state and national PA organizations.
    • Cultivate an environment that encourages student involvement in supporting and sustaining the University of Charleston PA Program following graduation
      • Students and graduates are permitted to serve on program committees.
      • Graduates have assisted with interviewing prospective students
      • After gaining clinical experiences as a practicing PA, graduates have been utilized as adjunct instructors.