Alderson Broaddus physician assistant graduates Achieve 100% certification pass rate

PHILIPPI, W.Va.—February 18, 2020—Alderson Broaddus University is proud to announce that twenty-eight members from the Class of 2019 physician assistant studies program achieved a 100 percent overall pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE).

The Alderson Broaddus University PA program pass rate of 96 percent for first-time takers of the PANCE exceeded the 93 percent national average. Alderson Broaddus University’s PA program currently holds a three-year overall pass rate for first-time exam takers of 98 percent.

PANCE is considered the gold standard certification among physician assistants and the medical field. This certification assures the public that PAs meet established standards of clinical knowledge and cognitive skills upon entry into practice and throughout their careers. To be eligible for PANCE, a student must graduate from a physician assistant program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

“I believe that our successful pass rate can be attributed to two major factors,” said Thomas Moore, director of the physician assistant studies program. “First, the students we attract are highly motivated, and second, our faculty are dedicated to the profession and the success of our outstanding students.”

Founded in 1968 by Dr. Hu C. Myers, the PA program is based on 50 years of success, centered on patient care and the physician-physician assistant team model. AB physician assistants are recognized nationwide for their high quality and professionalism.

About Alderson Broaddus University
The Alderson Broaddus University Physician Assistant Studies Program operates its admissions process on a rolling admissions cycle. For more information, call AB Admissions at 1-800-263-1549 or visit

Alderson Broaddus University stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate physician assistant program of its kind in 1968 and the first post-baccalaureate physician assistant master’s degree program in 1990.

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