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


Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE)

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 physician assistants in the United States.

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 are 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."

To learn more about our first time pass rates for our first two student cohorts, please click here.

* The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) - Center City Campus Physician Assistant Program. Learn more about the Center City PA Program Accreditation.