All 20 graduating students in Carroll University’s physician assistant master’s program recently passed their Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) resulting in a 100% first-time pass rate for the program. Passing the exam is required before a physician assistant can obtain a license to practice.
“We’re very proud of that first-time pass 100 percent rate,” said Dr. James Brandes
, Director of the Physician Assistant Studies Program and a clinical professor in the program. “We’re well above the national average. But our program is about more than just grades. It’s about empathy and commitment, and training our students to provide comprehensive, quality healthcare to all using an interdisciplinary approach. We also want them to learn interpersonal and communication skills to care for culturally diverse patients and families.”
Carroll PA students will be playing a role in caring for patients at the Waukesha Free Clinic at Carroll University
, working with patients who are uninsured or underinsured. Carroll’s prestigious physician assistant program is highly competitive, with 500 to 1,000 students applying each year for about two dozen slots.