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MASTER'S

Master of Physician Assistant Studies · MPAS

Residential | Full-Time | 7 Semesters

RMU MPAS Program PANCE Performance Data

The Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) is a computer-based, multiple-choice, board certification exam that assesses basic medical and surgical knowledge. This examination must be successfully passed in order for graduates to become eligible for licensure.

The table below is designed to present PANCE performance data for graduates of the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMU) Physician Assistant (PA) Program.

Class Aggregate First-Time Takers (FTT)
2023 100%

98% (48/49)
PANCE Program Report 2023

2022 96%

98% (48/49)
PANCE Program Report 2023

2021 100%

93% (43/46)
PANCE Program Report 2021

2020 100%

96% (49/51)
PANCE Program Report 2020

2019 100%

100% (49/49)
PANCE Program Report 2019

2018 100%

100%(48/48)
PANCE Program Report 2018

2017 100%

91% (41/45)
PANCE Program Report 2017

5-year NCCPA Performance Summary

National PANCE Performance Data

National PANCE performance data, published by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), can be accessed here.

Student Attrition and Graduation Rates

Graduated Classes
Class of 2021 Class of 2022 Class of 2023
Maximum entering class size ( as approved by ARC- PA)

50

50 50
Entering class size

50

50 50
Graduates

46

49 49
* Attrition

8%

4% 4%
**Graduation rate

92%

98% 98%

*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.

Note: Attrition in the class of 2021 had three temporary withdrawals with plans for reentry. One successfully re-enrolled and graduated with the class of 2022. Attrition in the Class of 2022 had one temporary withdrawal with plans for reentry who successfully re-enrolled and graduated with the class of 2023. Attrition in the class of 2023 had one withdrawal and one temporary withdrawal with plans for reentry.

MPAS Program Goals Performance Data

As part of the program’s self-assessment process, we examine our Program Goals annually and evaluate our success at achieving these goals. Expand the goals below to see how the program measures the goal and the success of achieving the goal.

Goal 1:

  • How: This goal is measured through an annual audit of the PA program curriculum, standardized assessments, and multidisciplinary seminars. The PA program strives to deliver a broad curriculum that allows students to perform at or above the national average in ≥80% of the medical content and task areas on the PACKRAT and PANCE examinations. The PA program also has an early didactic course called Primary Care Fundamentals and we strive to achieve a benchmark of ≥90% of students completing the final exam with a score of ≥80%. Additionally, PA students enrolled in the program participate in multidisciplinary learning activities hosted by RMUoHP’s Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE) committee. The program strives to have ≥90% of didactic students participate in all required IPE activities during the didactic year.

  • Success of achieving goal: The class of 2023 performed at or above the national average in 91% of medical content and task areas on the PANCE (all exams). The class of 2024 performed at or above the national average in 75% of medical content and task areas on the PACKRAT. In summer 2023, 100% of the cohort scored greater than 80% on the final exam in the Primary Care Fundamentals course. In 2023, 100% of students participated in the program-required IPE activities provided by the university.

Goal 2:

  • How: This goal is measured through an annual audit of the PA program curriculum and assessment of specific EBP assignments throughout the curriculum. The PA program strives to have ≥80% of the courses in the curriculum contain EBP-specific objectives. The PA program has didactic assignments evaluating students’ ability to acquire, appraise, and apply EBP, and clinical assignments consisting of a Practice Standards Challenge and an Applied Scholarly Project Final Manuscript. The PA Program strives to achieve a benchmark of ≥90% of students completing the assignments with a score of ≥80%.

  • Success of achieving goal: In 2023, 86% of courses in the PA curriculum contained EBP specific objectives. For the cohort that most recently completed the didactic phase of the curriculum (Class of 2024), 100% of students successfully completed both didactic EBP assignments with a score of ≥80%. For the cohort that most recently completed the clinical phase of the curriculum (Class of 2023), 100% of students successfully completed both clinical EBP assignments with a score of ≥80%.

Goal 3:

  • How: This goal is measured through an annual audit of the PA program curriculum and assessment of specific professionalism assessments and activities. During all seven semesters of the curriculum, PA students are enrolled in a Professional Development course. During the first semester of the program, students create a Cohort Mission Statement that is read during the White Coat Ceremony. Each semester during the didactic curriculum, students complete self and peer professionalism evaluations. For an assignment during the first Professional Development course, each student completes a Personal Mission Statement assignment. For an assignment during the seventh Professional Development course, each student completes a Professional Growth and Development Reflective Writing assignment. The PA Program strives to achieve a benchmark of ≥90% of students completing these two assignments with a score of ≥80%.

  • Success of achieving goal: For the cohort that most recently completed the didactic phase of the curriculum (Class of 2024), 100% of students successfully completed the Personal Mission Statement assignment with a score of ≥80%. For the cohort that most recently completed the clinical phase of the curriculum (Class of 2023), 100% of students successfully completed the Professional Growth and Development Reflective Writing with a score of ≥80%.

Goal 4:

  • How: This goal is measured through an annual audit of the PA program faculty members and their continued professional development. The PA program strives to have all principal faculty members complete the Basic Faculty Skills workshop offered by the Physician Assistant Education Association within six months of joining the program. The PA program also strives to achieve a benchmark of ≥80% of faculty members actively engaged in post-professional graduate training or scholarly work. Additionally, the PA program also strives to achieve a benchmark of ≥80% of full-time faculty members participating in at least six Faculty Development Webinars, PAEA’s Forum/Workshops, or other applicable CME conferences.

  • Success of achieving goal: As of February 2024, one new faculty member joined the team in the past year. This new member of the team had previous PA education experience and already completed the Basic Faculty Skills workshop offered by the PAEA prior to joining RMU. Therefore, all faculty have completed this training. In 2023, 90% of faculty members were actively engaged in post-professional graduate training and/or scholarly work. In 2023, 100% faculty members participated in and completed at least six Faculty Development Webinars, PAEA’s Forum/Workshops, or other applicable CME conferences.

Program Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2029. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy. The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA WEBSITE at http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-rocky-mountain-university-of-health-professions/ Graduates of programs accredited by the ARC-PA or its predecessors are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). Certification is required to be eligible for licensure to practice as a Physician Assistant. PA program graduates are deemed as having graduated from an accredited program if their PA educational program was accredited at the time of their matriculation.