Physician Assistant Studies Accreditation

Program Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the St. Catherine University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by St. Catherine University. 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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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 September 2025. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

Per ARC-PA Standards, 5th edition, standard A3.12a, the PA program makes accessible the ARC-PA published accreditation history of the program.

View ARC-PA accreditation history

ARC-PA Student Attrition

  Graduated Classes  
  Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019 Class of 2020
Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA) 32 32 32 32
Enter Class Size 32 32 34 32
Graduates 30 31 34 31
*Attrition rate .063 .063 .029 .063
**Graduation rate .938 .938 1.0 .938

 

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

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

MPAS National Certification Exam (PANCE) Scores

See below for the first-time taker pass rate and score information for physician assistant students who graduated in 2014–2019. Once PANCE first-time taker pass rates are available for future classes they will be displayed for public information.


Official NCCPA score reports

CLASS NUMBER OF FIRST-TIME TAKERS PROGRAM FIRST TIME TAKER PASS RATE NATIONAL FIRST-TIME TEST TAKER PASS RATE
2016 31 100% 96%
2017 30 100% 97%
2018 31 100% 98%
2019 33 97% 93%
2020 31 97% 95%

Five-Year First Time Taker Average Pass Rate for Program: 99%

Five-Year National First Time Taker Average: 96%

Program Goals

The MPAS program measures the success of meeting the program's goals through evaluations made by our graduates.

Learn more about MPAS program goals