November 13, 2017

For the second year in a row, University of Detroit Mercy’s Physician Assistant program celebrated a 100 percent first-time test-taker pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) for the Class of 2017.

The program always scores above the national first-time test-taker average.

“We are extremely proud of the Class of 2017’s success,” said Amy Dereczyk, Physician Assistant program chair. “Our graduates finish our program with a great foundation of medicine and a high level of professionalism.  They are practice ready.  It's no wonder every student has multiple job offers prior to graduation.”
The College of Health Profession’s PA program is one of the longest standing PA programs in the state of Michigan and has been continually accredited since receiving accreditation in 1972. PANCE is a multiple-choice exam that assesses basic medical and surgical knowledge, and is administered at 200 testing sites throughout the country.

“The content expertise and commitment of the Physician Assistant (PA) program faculty and staff have once again been confirmed by the pass rate of the Detroit Mercy PA class of 2017,” College of Health Professions Dr. Neal Rosenberg said. “This class has achieved a 100 percent rate of exam success. The community is truly blessed to receive our graduates into the dynamic workforce. Detroit Mercy is a leader in the formation of Physician Assistants — expert practitioners who anchor their practice in the Jesuit and Mercy traditions of humanism and care.”