Springfield College Physician Assistant Program Produces Perfect Pass Rate Again


In the photo above from left to right, Springfield College Chair of the Physician Assistant Studies Department Charles Milch and Springfield College Dean of the School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation Studies David Miller.

The Springfield College Physician Assistant Program had 100 percent of their 2015 graduates pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) in their first attempt to become certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.  This marks the eighth-consecutive year that Springfield College physician assistant graduates have earned a 100 percent pass rate on the national certifying exam for first-time takers. 

PANCE is a computer-based, multiple-choice test comprised of questions that assess basic medical and surgical knowledge.  To be eligible for PANCE, students must have graduated from a physician assistant program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant.

The Springfield College Physician Assistant Program educates primary care physician assistants who are also eligible for employment in a wide variety of medical settings and specialties.  This 27-month graduate program culminates in a master of science in physician assistant studies.  Students can enter the program as a first-year student, and in six years, earn a bachelor of science in health science/pre Physician Assistant and complete the master’s-level Physician Assistant program.  The master of science degree is awarded at the conclusion of the Physician Assistant program.

Founded in 1885, Springfield College is known worldwide for the guiding principles of its Humanics philosophy—educating students in spirit, mind and body for leadership in service to others. With its foundation of academic excellence and rich athletic heritage, Springfield College prepares students with real-world leadership skills for careers that transform lives and communities. The college offers a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of health sciences, human and social services, sport management and movement studies, education, business, and the arts and sciences. It also offers doctoral programs in physical education, physical therapy, and counseling psychology. The college is ranked in the 2016 edition of “Best Colleges” in the top tier of “Best Regional Universities – North Region” by U.S.News & World Report, and is designated as a premier Leadership Development Center by the YMCA of the USA. More than 5,000 traditional, nontraditional and international students study at its main campus in Springfield, Mass., and at its School of Professional and Continuing Studies across the country.