Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of
Physician Assistant Studies

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Thomas Jefferson University PANCE Performance

The Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) is the qualifying examination administered by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) for physician assistant graduates. 

The examination is a multiple-choice, comprehensive assessment of an individual’s clinical knowledge.  The NCCPA is the only certifying organization for the physician assistants in the U.S.  To be eligible for PANCE, you must graduate from a PA program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) as a Physician Assistant Program or a Surgeon Assistant Program. PA program graduates will be deemed to have graduated from an accredited program if their PA educational program was accredited at the time of their matriculation. Following successful completion of the PANCE, a physician assistant is “certified” to practice and can use the initials “PA-C.”

The Inaugural Class of 2016 graduated in August, 2016.  We are pleased and honored to announce that our first class has a 100% pass rate for the PANCE. 

View the 2016 PANCE Summary Report>

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