The Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) is a computer-based, multiple-choice test comprised of questions that assess general medical and surgical knowledge. Graduates must successfully pass this examination in order to become eligible for licensure.

The Valparaiso University 5-Year PA Program is a developing program and has not graduated a class yet. We look forward to the graduation of our first class in August 2020, and data regarding our pass rates will be available and published here in early 2021. The program will publish PANCE rates for the five most recent graduating classes.

National first-time pass rates for graduation year are:

  • 2019 — 93%
  • 2018 — 98%
  • 2017 — 97%
  • 2016 — 96%
  • 2015 — 96%