​Program Success

ARC-PA Standard A3.14b requires that PA programs “define, publish, and make readily available to enrolled and prospective students general program information to include the success of the program in achieving its goals." 

 

Meeting the Mission​

Success in Preparing Graduates for Clinical Practice

The mission of the Physician Assistant Program at The University of Findlay is to provide our students with the medical knowledge, technical skills, and experience in a variety of didactic and clinical settings necessary for them to become ethical, competent, and compassionate health care providers as part of the health care team.   This mission complements The University of Findlay’s mission which is to equip our students for meaningful lives and productive careers.   Since the enrollment of the original cohort of students in the fall of 1998, 167 out of 174 or 96 percent of graduates who have taken the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) have ultimatly passed and were able to practice clinically as a physician assistant.

 

Passing the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE)​

Success in Preparing Graduates for Clinical Practice

For cohorts in 2010, 2012 and 2013 - 100 percent of the graduates ultimately passed the PANCE (some graduates had to attempt the exam more than once).

For 2009 - 82 percent ultimately passed the PANCE while 93 percent of the 2008 cohort passed the PANCE (some graduates had to attempt the exam more than once).

 

Maintaining Certification​

Success in Preparing Graduates for Clinical Practice   

PAs are required to recertify every ten years. In order to maintain certification, a certified PA must earn 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and the pass the Physician Assistant National Recertifying Examination (PANRE).

 

Employment as a physician assistant

Success in Preparing Graduates for Clinical Practice

A survey undertaken in the fall of 2010 of all program graduates (2000 to 2009) indicated that 72 of the 74 respondents (94 percent) were certified as PAs at that time, 68 of the 74 respondents (92 percent) indicated that they were employed in clinical practice.   

 

Preparation for Practice​

Success in Preparing Graduates for Clinical Practice   

In this same survey, graduates were asked to rate how well The University of Findlay PA program had prepared them in a number of areas involving clinical practice, including but not limited to such things as: 

  • clinical problem solving
  • screening for wellness
  • assisting in surgical procedures
  • ordering and interpreting common laboratory and diagnostic studies
  • formulating a problem list from the medical history and physical assessment

It was reported that 85 percent of the respondents either “agreed” or “strongly agreed” with the statement that the PA program had prepared them well for the items on the list. Approximately nine percent of the respondents selected “neutral”. This result suggests that the program is successfully meeting the needs of the majority of its graduates.