​​Program Outcomes

ARC-PA Standard A3.12b 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." Click here for additional information about our mission and goals. 

​Meeting the Mission

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 healthcare 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, 183/190 or 96.3 percent of graduates who have taken the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) have ultimately passed and were able to practice clinically as a physician assistant.

Passing the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE)

Every student, except four, has passed the PANCE on their first attempt since 2015. ​To view the University of Findlay's Physician Assistant Program's Five Year First Time Taker Pass Rate, ​​click h​ere.


Click here to learn more about the national certification of a physician assistant.

Graduation and Attrition Rates



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Graduated Classes​​​​ ​
​Class of 2020
​Class of 2019
​Class of 2018
​Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA)
​18
​18
​18
​Entering class size
​18
​19
​18
​Graduates
​17
​19
​17
​*Attrition rate
​0.06
​0
​0.0​6
​**Graduation rates
​94
​100
​94


*Attrition rate calculation:  Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size.

**Graduation rate:  Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size.

View the table in its origi​nal format here.​ 


A student from the 2018 cohort needed to take a medical leave of absence and re-entered with the 2019 cohort. A student from the 2020 cohort chose to withdraw from the program due to personal reasons. 


Employment as a physician assistant

Of the 295 graduates since 2000, 95% are currently certified through NCCPA. There are a number of reasons why five percent of the graduates are not currently certified, including, but not limited to, retirement, life changes, unsuccessful certification maintenance, or failure to gain initial certification. 


Preparation for Practice

Success in Preparing Graduates for Clinical Practice   
In annual surveys completed since 2010, graduates are 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
Over 85 percent (often higher) 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. This, coupled with 100% of graduates over the past eight years, except one, passing the PANCE on their first attempt, suggests that the program is successfully meeting the needs of the vast majority of its graduates.

Ohio Association of Physicians Assistants

100 percent of the University of Findlay's PA students are currently members of the Ohio Association of Physicians Assistants, putting our University at Platinum status of the OAPA's student membership incentive program.