Physician Assistant Program
Program Outcomes & Accreditation
Here are the NCCPA first time pass rates on the PANCE (pdf) for the last five years.
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued to the Harding University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Harding University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.
Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2024. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.
Access the Program's accreditation history on ARC-PA's webpage (click on "documents" to view the full accreditation history).
In the unlikely event of loss of accreditation and/or closure of a program, the University is committed to teaching out all currently matriculated students, including those in the PA Program. This may involve allowing them to complete their education at Harding University or assisting them in enrolling in an accredited program in which they can continue their education.
The Harding University Physician Assistant Program seeks to develop Physician Assistants graduates who practice and live within a framework of a dependence upon their God and faith. The ability to measure that dependence is difficult quantitatively, but is more reflective in who they are as PAs and how they serve their patients and those around them. We continue to refine this measurement tool.
To measure the Program goals, alumni were surveyed. The results of the most recent survey are as follows:
- Instruct physician assistants who will provide primary care reflective of their Christian faith and service to their community and to the world.
- 50% of respondents indicated working in a Primary care specialty (included in that were Family practice, Internal medicine, Pediatrics, and Urgent care).
- 38% of respondents indicated having practices located in inner cities, rural communities or small towns.
- Develop practice oriented critical thinking which recognizes dependence on God, is committed to lifelong intellectual excellence, and is built upon a foundation of general cultural knowledge.
- 92.7% of respondents maintain BLS certification
- 74.5% of respondents maintain ACLS certification
- 54% of respondents maintain NCCPA certification
- 23.6% of respondents listed PALS certification
- 12.7% of respondents listed ATLS certification
- 1.8% of respondents listed NALS certification
- Promote supportive personal and professional relationships.
- 100% of respondents identified as members of AAPA
- Nurture lifelong personal habits that lead to a healthier quality of life physically, spiritually, psychologically and socially.
- 90.5% of respondents acknowledged prayer
- 83.0% of respondents acknowledged outdoor activities
- 81.1% of respondents acknowledged exercising
- 64.15% of respondents acknowledged Bible study
- 13.2% of respondents acknowledged meditating
- Emphasize a servant-leadership which prepares graduates to have a respect for other cultures and an understanding of world missions.
- 80% of respondents acknowledged leadership in church activities
- 34.2% or respondents acknowledged direct involvements in missions
- 20% of respondents acknowledged leadership in community organizations
- Students accepted into program since inception in 2005 as of Fall 2020: 533
- Overall Attrition Rate: 2.81%
- Attrition Rate Chart pdf
- Graduates (as of December 2020): 446
- Graduation Rate (as of December 2020): 96.7%
- Job placement: Graduating Class of 2018
- Six months post-graduation 97% are employed as PAs of those who are board certified.
- NCCPA Recently Certified PA Grad Survey Results pdf
The Program does not "place" graduates in a job. Graduates are free to accept a position in a specialty of their choice (although we hope in primary care) and in any area of the country. Some have job offers prior to graduation. Some wait until after they take the PANCE (and take a vacation, have their wedding or delivery a baby) to start job hunting. We provide our students with many job opportunities not only through their clinical rotations, but also through job postings sent directly to the Program and passed on to our students.