Alderson Broaddus PA Program Celebrates 100% National Exam Pass Rate

Alderson Broaddus University is proud to announce that thirty-four members from the Class of 2018 physician assistant studies program achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE).

This is the second year in a row that 100 percent of graduates received a first-time pass rate on the certifying exam. The Alderson Broaddus PA program’s overall pass rate—for first-time exam takers—over the past five years is 94 percent.

PANCE is considered the gold standard certification among physician assistants and the medical field. This certification assures the public that PAs meet established standards of clinical knowledge and cognitive skills upon entry into practice and throughout their careers. To be eligible for PANCE, a student must graduate from a physician assistant program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

“I believe that our successful pass rate can be attributed to two major factors,” said Thomas Moore,  director of the of physician assistant studies program. “First, the students we attract are highly motivated, and second, our faculty are dedicated to the profession and the success of our outstanding students.”

Founded in 1968 by Dr. Hu C. Myers, the PA program is based on 50 years of success, centered on patient care and the physician-physician assistant team model. AB physician assistants are recognized nationwide for their high quality and professionalism.

“Our curriculum is designed to prepare our students to be excellent health care providers, so it is natural that they would do well on the national certifying exam,” Moore said. “The mission of the program is to academically and clinically prepare physician assistants who deliver high-quality, patient-centered, primary and specialty care with physician supervision, to diverse populations.”

The Alderson Broaddus University Physician Assistant Studies Program operates its admissions process on a rolling admissions cycle. For more information, call AB Admissions at 1-800-263-1549 or visit www.ab.edu

Alderson Broaddus University stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate physician assistant program of its kind in 1968 and the first post-baccalaureate physician assistant master’s degree program in 1990.

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Photo Caption: Class of 2018 Physician Assistant Studies Program

AB Takes Part in Higher Education Day at the Capitol

On Monday, January 28, Alderson Broaddus University joined colleges and universities from around the state to attend the Higher Education Day at the West Virginia Legislature for a day of advocacy at the State Capitol.

Higher Education Day is an annual event that allows private and public colleges and universities an opportunity to share the importance of higher education with elected officials. As West Virginia continues to face challenges, it’s critical that our state representatives value public and private higher education and understand the very positive impacts universities like AB have on the state.

Alderson Broaddus University is an independent institution of higher learning, committed to serving the region as an academic, cultural, and religious resource, with programs based on a liberal arts foundation.

The mission of AB is to provide students with the highest quality education, striving to prepare students to succeed in their chosen disciplines and to fulfill their roles in a diverse society as well-rounded and responsible citizens.

Since its founding in 1871, AB has been a leader and innovator in higher education, with accolades in the health and natural sciences. The University stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate physician assistant program of its kind in 1968, the first post-baccalaureate physician assistant master’s degree program in 1990, and West Virginia’s first four-year nursing program in 1945.

AB is located on a historic hilltop in Barbour County in Philippi, West Virginia. The University is rooted in historic and continuing relationships with the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. and the West Virginia Baptist Convention.

For more information about AB, visit www.ab.edu.

Photo Caption: Alderson Broaddus President Dr. Barry and mass communication major Abby Smith represented AB at the 2019 Higher Education Day.

Alderson Broaddus University Signs Transfer Agreement with BridgeValley Community and Technical College

Alderson Broaddus University and BridgeValley Community and Technical College entered into an articulation agreement on January 25 guaranteeing admission to students choosing to transfer from BridgeValley to Alderson Broaddus.

“BridgeValley is pleased to enter into this new partnership with Alderson Broaddus,” said BridgeValley President Dr. Eunice Bellinger. “In addition to providing career technical opportunities, we want to ensure our transfer students are set up for success and can seamlessly transition from our college to a university. This new partnership intends to provide our students with even more opportunities to continue their education in West Virginia.”

The agreement will provide admission into the university for students graduating with an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Applied Science degree from BridgeValley, provided the student has a transferable grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 and is in good standing. Any college-level courses completed by a student at BridgeValley are eligible for transfer to Alderson Broaddus, but will be capped at 72 hours of lower-division units and students must complete a minimum of 30 units at the university. All transfer students must meet the same prerequisite, GPA and other admission criteria for the programs in which they apply. International students are also eligible to take advantage of the agreement.

“We’re delighted to partner with BridgeValley and welcome their students to our AB family,” said Alderson Broaddus President Dr. Tim Barry. “AB’s focus is always on the student. Our goal in partnering with community and technical colleges is to streamline the pathway for students to graduate with a high-quality degree that prepares them to be well-rounded, responsible citizens ready for the workforce.”

BridgeValley Community and Technical College serves a six-county region including Fayette, Raleigh, Nicholas, Clay, Putnam, and Kanawha counties. The college operates two campuses in Montgomery and South Charleston, along with the addition of the new Advanced Technology Center.

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Alderson Broaddus University Releases President’s and Dean’s list

Dr. Joan Propst, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, has released the President’s, Dean’s, and Honorable Mention lists to recognize 254 students for their academic distinction. Full-time students who earned a 3.60 or above are named to the Dean’s List. Students who achieved a 3.40 to 3.59 are given an honorable mention. To be named to the President’s List, a student must be on the Dean’s List at AB for five semesters.

A complete list of students on all of these lists can be found at ab.edu/lists/.

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