Physician Assistant Program
Here are the NCCPA first time pass rates on the PANCE (pdf) for the last five years. (if this doesn't open in separate window - check downloads). This is our most current results, including the results for the December 2016 graduates - 97% pass rate.
Sometimes, students have to take the PANCE more than one time to be successful. Here is the current report. Exam Performance Summary Report.pdf
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 (December 2013) 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.
- 96.5% of respondents maintain NCCPA certification
- 59% of respondents maintain ACLS certification
- 73% of respondents maintain BLS certification
- 35% of respondents listed DEA certification
- Promote supportive personal and professional relationships.
- 63% of respondents identified as members of AAPA
- 51% of respondents identified as memebers of their state organizations
- Nurture lifelong personal habits that lead to a healthier quality of life physically, spiritually, psychologically and socially.
- 97% of respondents acknowledged participation in activities which promote physical, spiritual, psychology and/or social wellbeing.
- Emphasize a servant-leadership which prepares graduates to have a respect for other cultures and an understanding of world missions.
- 30% of respondents acknowledged direct involvement in missions
- 51% of respondents acknowledged leadership in church activities
- 18% of respondents acknowledged leadership in community organizations
Students accepted into program since inception in 2005 as of September 2015: 352
Attrition: 2.92%, 11 students
Graduates: 271 as of December 2015
Graduation rate: 97%
Job placement: 3/2016
At the time of graduation 34/36 provided the following information: 82% indicated they had secured a job, were negotiating a contract or had an interview pending with approximately 59% of remaining in AR to practice.
Three months after graduation, of the 34/36 graduates who were eligible to work as PA-C, all had secured jobs except 1 who was getting married prior to securing her job.
The graduating class of 2015 indicated that, among those who had jobs secured, their areas of specialty were as follows:
- 21% in Primary Care
- 21% in Emergency & Internal Medicine
- 8% in Orthopedics
- 4% in ENT, Hospital, Rheumatology, Urology, Neurology & Psychiatry
- 30% in Surgical sub-specialties
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.