2021 PA Graduates Earn 100% Pass Rate

Alderson Broaddus University congratulates the Class of 2021 Physician Assistant Studies Program and their 100 percent first-time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). This marks the third time AB graduates of the Physician Assistant Studies program have had a 100 percent first-time pass rate in the past five years. The national average for PANCE pass rates is 93 percent.

All thirty-three members of the graduating Class of 2021 Physician Assistant Studies Program received their Master of Science degrees in August 2021 and went on to pass the rigorous certifying exam in their first sitting.


“We are extremely proud of all our students and foresee great things as they grow in their careers,” remarks AB Provost Dr. Andrea Bucklew. “This is truly a testament of the long hours of hard work from the students in the Class of 2021, as well as the dedicated faculty and staff.”


Certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physical Assistants (NCCPA), the passage of the PANCE exam is mandatory to practice the profession in the United States. Administered in five sets, the exam includes 300 comprehensive questions.


Considered the gold standard certification among physician assistants and the medical field, certification from PANCE 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).


These newly licensed professionals join a long line of physician assistants graduating from the nation’s first physician assistant program. 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. As a result, AB physician assistants are recognized nationwide for their high quality and professionalism.