Program Outcomes & PANCE Data

PANCE Results

Upon successful completion of the Program, graduates are eligible to sit for their national board examination in pursuit of national certification and subsequent state licensure. For more information on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE), please visit the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants web site: nccpa.

Class Class Graduation Year Group Number of Graduates Who took PANCE Number of Exams Attempts Number of Exams Passed Program Exam Pass Rate National Exam Pass Rate for Class Graduation Year % of Candidates Who Ultimately Passed PANCE
Class of 2019  2019 All Takers 29 34 29 85% 91% 100%
First Time Takers 29 29 24 83% 93% 100%

NCCPA PANCE Outcomes for Graduated Students (pdf)

MPAS Program Goal and Learning Outcomes Benchmarks (i.e. program-defined expectations)

Below are the benchmarks that we use to assist us in determining how our Program Mission, Goals and Learning Outcomes are being met.  Benchmarks are reevaluated for appropriateness and effectiveness at our annual faculty retreat.

  • Program Outcomes Benchmarks and Outcome Data
    Program Outcomes 1a & 1b: Medical Knowledge

    Benchmark: Successful completion of end-of-program summative exams with a score of 73% or higher by 80% or greater number of cohort students; and, successful completion of PANCE by equal or greater number of cohort students to national average.

    Outcome: 100% of the Class of 2019 cohort scored 73% or higher on the end-of-program summative exams. Class of 2019 cohort failed to score equal or greater than the national average of 93% on the PANCE with a score of 83% for first-time test takers. 100% of the Class of 2019 passed the PANCE meeting the national benchmark of ultimate test taker pass rate. For E&H this occurred on the second attempt.

     
    Program Outcomes 2a and 2b: Mindful Interpersonal & Communication Skills

    Benchmark: Score of 4 or 5 on all Preceptor Evaluation of SCPE Student and 1, 3, and 5 year Employer Survey Items pertaining to professionalism (including behavior and interpersonal skills) by 90% or greater number of cohort students (or, in the case of employer survey, by 90% or greater number of returned surveys).

    Outcome: Data collected from the Preceptor of Evaluation of the Student’s Clinical Performance evaluations for the Class of 2019, evidences 100% of students obtained scores of 4 (consistently meets expectations) or 5 (consistently exceeds expectations) on exhibiting proficiency in student professionalism exhibited by their work ethic, behavior and interpersonal skills including but not limited to the following: punctuality, professional attire and grooming, respective interaction with staff, colleagues, preceptors, and patients; appropriate level of engagement in activities; following directions responding appropriately to constructive criticism.

     

    Program Outcome 3a: Evidence-Based, Culturally-Sensitive Patient Care

    Benchmark: Score of 4 or 5 on all Preceptor Evaluation of SCPE Student items pertaining to ability to provide patient-centered care (compassionate, culturally-sensitive, and patient-centric care that is evidence-based and balances quality and cost-effectiveness in promoting the best possible patient outcomes) by 90% or greater number of cohort students.

    Outcome: Data collected from the Preceptor of Evaluation of the Student’s Clinical Performance evaluations for the Class of 2019, evidences 100% of students obtained scores of 4 (consistently meets expectations) or 5 (consistently exceeds expectations) on exhibiting proficiency in compassionate, culturally-sensitive, and patient-centric care that is evidence-based and balances quality and cost-effectiveness in promoting the best possible patient outcomes.


    Program Outcome 3b: Preventative Care

    Benchmark: Score of 4 or 5 on all Preceptor Evaluation of SCPE Student items pertaining to ability to provide preventative care by 90% or greater number of cohort students; 80% or higher score on Program summative examination questions pertaining to preventative care by 80% or greater number of cohort students.and, successful completion of PANCE by equal or great number of cohort students to national average.

    Outcome: Data collected from the Preceptor of Evaluation of the Student’s Clinical Performance evaluations for the Class of 2019, evidences 96.67% of students obtained scores of 4 (consistently meets expectations) or 5 (consistently exceeds expectations) on exhibiting proficiency in preventative healthcare.

     
    Program Outcome 3c: Effective and Mindful Patient Care

    Benchmark: Score of 4 or 5 on all Preceptor Evaluation of SCPE Student items pertaining to the ability to effectively and mindfully work within an interdisciplinary and patient-centered healthcare team by 90% or greater number of cohort students.

    Outcome: Data to be collected from the Class of 2020 Preceptor of Evaluation of Student Clinical Performance evaluations.

     

    Program Outcome 4a: Professionalism in Actions

    Benchmark: Score of 4 or 5 on all Preceptor Evaluation of SCPE Student and 1, 3, and 5 year Employer Survey items pertaining to professionalism by 90% or greater number of cohort students (or, in the case of employer survey, by 90% or greater number of returned surveys).

    Outcome: Data collected from the Preceptor of Evaluation of the Student’s Clinical Performance evaluations for the Class of 2019, evidences 100% of students obtained scores of 4 (consistently meets expectations) or 5 (consistently exceeds expectations) on exhibiting proficiency in student professionalism exhibited by their work ethic, behavior and interpersonal skills including but not limited to the following: punctuality, professional attire and grooming, respective interaction with staff, colleagues, preceptors, and patients; appropriate level of engagement in activities; following directions responding appropriately to constructive criticism.

     
    Program Outcome 4b: Ethical & Professional Standards of PA Profession)

    Benchmark: 80% or higher score on end-of-program summative examination questions pertaining to ethical and professional standards by 80% or greater number of cohort students.

    Outcome: Data collected from the Class of 2019 evidences 66% of students earned greater or equal to 80% on the end-of-program summative examination questions pertaining to ethical and professional standards. While the results obtained on scoring of professional practice ethical and professional standards questions were lower than we expected, this is the first year that ethical and professional standards questions were included on the PANCE exam and therefore on our summative exam. On these same topics on the PANCE exam the 2019 cohort improved their scoring on this topic to 76% compared to the national average of 78%.

     
    Program Outcome 4c: Knowledge of Legal/Regulatory Requirements

    Benchmark: 90% or higher score on end-of-program summative examination questions pertaining to legal/regulatory requirement by 80% or greater number of cohort students.

    Outcome: Data collected from the Class of 2019 evidences 52% of students earned greater or equal to 80% on the end-of-program summative examination questions pertaining to legal/regulatory requirement. While the results obtained on scoring of legal/regulatory requirement questions were lower than expected, this is the first year that legal/regulatory requirement questions were included on the PANCE exam and therefore on our summative exam. On these same topics on the PANCE exam the 2019 cohort improved their scoring on this topic to 76% compared to the national average of 78%.

     
    Program Outcome 4d: Ability to Recognize One’s Own Limitations

    Benchmark: Score of 4 or 5 on all Preceptor Evaluation of SCPE Student items pertaining to professionalism by 90% or greater number of cohort students.

    Outcome: Data collected from the Preceptor of Evaluation of the Student’s Clinical Performance evaluations for the Class of 2019, evidences 100% of students obtained scores of 4 (consistently meets expectations) or 5 (consistently exceeds expectations) on exhibiting proficiency in student professionalism exhibited by their work ethic, behavior and interpersonal skills including but not limited to the following: punctuality, professional attire and grooming, respective interaction with staff, colleagues, preceptors, and patients; appropriate level of engagement in activities; following directions responding appropriately to constructive criticism.

     
    Program Outcome 5a: Practice Based Learning & Improvement

    Benchmark: Successful completion of Research Project contributing to practice based improvement by 90% or greater number of cohort students.

    Outcome: 100%

     
    Program Outcomes 6a-6e: Systems Based Practice

    Benchmark: 80% or higher score on end-of-program summative examination questions pertaining to system based practice by 80% or greater number of cohort students.

    Outcome: Data collected from the Class of 2019 evidences 90% scored greater or equal to 80% on the end-of-program summative examination questions pertaining to system based practice.

  • MPAS Program Goal Benchmarks and Outcome Data
    Program Goal 1

    Provide resources to support students in adapting to and managing the rigors inherent to PA education.

    Benchmark: Score of 4 or 5 on Student Evaluation of Program and Student Exit Survey items pertaining to Goal.

    Outcome: 90% of the Class of 2019 cohort scored a 4 or 5 on Student Evaluation of Program and Student Exit Survey items pertaining to Goal.


    Program Goal 2

    Provide a curriculum and experience promoting mastery of the skills and behaviors as an entry level Physician Assistant

    Benchmark: Successful completion of end-of-program summative exams with a 73% or higher score by 80% or greater number of cohort students; and, successful completion of PANCE by equal or great number of cohort students to national average.

    Outcome: 100% of the Class of 2019 cohort scored 73% or higher on the end-of-program summative exams. Class of 2019 cohort failed to score equal or greater than the national average of 93% on the PANCE with a score of 83% for first-time test takers. 100% of the Class of 2019 passed the PANCE meeting the national benchmark of ultimate test taker pass rate. For E&H this occurred on the second attempt.


    Program Goal 3

    Foster a collaborative approach to work effectively in interdisciplinary patient-centered health care teams

    Benchmark: Score of 4 or 5 by 90% or more of students on all Preceptor Evaluation of SCPE Student, and on 1, 3, and 5 year Employer Survey items pertaining to team-based care  by 90% or greater number of cohort students (or, in the case of employer survey, by 98% or greater number of returned surveys).

    Outcome: Data collected from the Preceptor of Evaluation of the Student’s Clinical Performance evaluations for the Class of 2019 evidences 100% of students obtained scores of 4 (consistently meets expectations) or 5 (consistently exceeds expectations) on exhibiting proficiency in team-based care.


    Program Goal 4

    Foster mindfulness based practices

    Benchmark: 100% of matriculated students complete mindfulness training.

    Outcome: All MPAS Program students complete mindfulness training in didactic-phase Behavioral Medicine/Psychiatry coursework


    Program Goal 5

    Promote and support student and faculty civic engagement opportunities.

    Benchmark: 80% of students participate in service projects (e.g.  Volunteering with the Mel Leaman Free Clinic, Food Pantry, Project Crossroads, RAM Smyth County) during the program; 100% of principal and full-time faculty participate in service projects at least once every other year.

    Outcome: For class of 2019, >80% of students participated in service projects with one of the following organizations: MLFC; Food Pantry; Project Crossroads; RAM Smyth County. Additionally, 100% of program principal and full-time faculty routinely participate in service projects with MLFC or Smyth County EMS in addition to other organizations.


    Program Goal 6

    Encourage and support student and faculty professional activities promoting the PA profession).

    Benchmark: 50% of matriculated and graduated students participate in professional activities promoting the PA profession (e.g. white coats on call, community presentations, CME presentations, publishing articles or text material); 100% of faculty participate in service professional activities promoting the PA profession projects at least once every other year after the 3rd ARC-PA Site Visit.

    Outcome: Data unavailable until after 04/2022