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JWU’s PA Program Achieves 100% Pass Rate


7/28/17 | For the second year in a row, 100% of JWU’s graduating class of physician assistants have passed the board certification exam administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. All 24 Class of 2017 students passed on the first try.

“This is truly a remarkable achievement,” notes George Bottomley, DVM, PA-C, dean of JWU’s College of Health & Wellness and founding director of JWU’s physician assistant studies program. “We set the bar high when we first selected students for the inaugural class that began in 2014. All 23 students graduated on time and achieved a 100% pass rate of the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). Our second class has followed suit by doing the same.”

Of the 24 physician assistant students who graduated this May, 10 have accepted positions in Rhode Island.

“Our second class of physician assistants all came through — as we expected them to — and it is another validation of how good the program is that we’ve put together here,” notes Rebecca Lovell Scott, PhD, PA-C, the PA program’s director.

At the 2016 White Coat Ceremony marking the Class of 2017’s official transition from the classroom to the clinic, Vice Chancellor Tom Dwyer charged them with making the 100% pass rate an annual JWU tradition. Congratulations to all 24 new alumni for making good on his request. 

About JWU’s Center for PA Studies
In June 2014, JWU launched Rhode Island’s first physician assistant studies program. The year-round, 24-month program encompasses one year of classroom instruction, followed by a year of clinical rotations.

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Topics: Physician Assistant Studies