Physician Assistant Class of 2023 Earns Perfect Pass Rate in Certification Testing for Third Consecutive Year

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Trevecca's PA students stand at graduation ceremony.

Trevecca Nazarene University’s physician assistant program has continued a trend in outstanding graduate certification pass rates, achieving a 100 percent first-time taker pass rate in its 2023 class for the third year in a row, school officials announced recently.

With all of Trevecca’s 2023 graduates passing the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination® (PANCE) on the first attempt, Trevecca’s PA program is carrying forward an academic reputation for exceeding national benchmarks. Trevecca has a 99 percent first-time taker PANCE pass rate over the last five years, compared with a national average of 95 percent. The 100 percent mark was previously reached in 2016, 2017, 2021 and 2022. 

Trevecca’s PA program is the longest-tenured in Tennessee, established in 1976. In 2022, the program moved into a new facility, the 33,000-square-foot Health Sciences Building. The PA program occupies a large portion of the four-story space.

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Physician assistant graduates who pass the PANCE are certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).