HIGH POINT, N.C., March 8, 2021 – High Point University’s Department of Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2020 received a top score on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE).
The Program First-Time Taker Pass Rate for the Class of 2020 was 100%, which is five points higher than the national average for First-Time Takers, on the PANCE for 2020. The PANCE is a computer-based, multiple-choice test that assesses medical and surgical knowledge. This examination must be successfully passed in order for graduates to become eligible for licensure.
“I am so proud of the Class of 2020,” says Dr. James Johnson, chair and director of HPU’s Physician Assistant Studies program. “One of our core values in HPU’s Department of Physician Assistant Studies is tenacity. The members of the Class of 2020 embodied unmatched tenacity as they remained focused on their education in the midst of all of the uncertainty and changes related to COVID-19.”
HPU’s Department of Physician Assistant Studies is housed within the Congdon School of Health Sciences inside Congdon Hall along with the Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy. Congdon Hall is part of the university’s $250 million Innovation Corridor, a nearly half-mile stretch of campus where facilities, faculty and STEM focused-programs are collectively housed.
The Department of Physician Assistant Studies’ pass rate is a direct reflection of HPU’s commitment to offering various health care programs for students to pursue. Recently, HPU’s Fred Wilson School of Pharmacy received full accreditation status by the American Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). HPU announced Dr. Racquel Ingram as founding chair of the Department of Nursing.