Physician assistant program class of 2018 achieves 100 percent pass rate

Author: Carroll University

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PA students in class

Carroll’s class of 2018 from the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program has successfully passed the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). Due to the quality of the program and investment of its faculty, all -- students were well-prepared to take and pass the difficult exam, which tested them on ----.

Dr. Monika Baldridge, who recently stepped down from her role of interim physician assistant program director, commented on the hard work of the program’s students and faculty.

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Baldridge also emphasized the enormous impact that Physician Assistants can make, commenting on the rewarding, though challenging, nature of the career.

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The recent Director of Carroll’s Physician Assistant program, Dr. James Brandes, also remarked on the positive reputation the program, offering the perspective of a faculty member who recently decided to join the Carroll community.

“I am a physician who retired from clinical practice in order to teach young PA students to become skilled clinicians. Carroll provides a great atmosphere for this to occur,” commented Brandes. “Carroll’s PA program emphasizes student success. Although robust and difficult, the curriculum prepares students well for clinical practice…Everyone knows each other well and the environment is nurturing in that everyone supports each other and we all want to produce the best clinicians we can. The faculty are extremely supportive of the students, providing individual guidance and help as needed”

This accomplishment highlights the intimate and supportive nature of the Physician Assistant Studies program, allowing its students to succeed in the classroom and further on in their careers in healthcare. 

Find out more about Carroll’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.