Bay Path Physician Assistant Graduates Earn 100% Pass Rate on Certification Exam

LONGMEADOW — All 26 members of Bay Path University’s physician assistant (PA) studies class of 2020 passed the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE), earning the university’s PA program a 100% first-time pass rate for the second time in three years.

Upon graduation from an accredited program, PAs must pass the PANCE in order to obtain their initial licensure. Bay Path University’s PA program currently holds a three-year average pass rate of 97% for first-time exam takers.

“We are incredibly proud of the PA class of 2020 for achieving a first-time PANCE pass rate of 100%. The class of 2020 is an incredibly special and talented group, and we are honored to now call them our colleagues,” said Theresa Riethle, program director and associate professor of the Physician Assistant program. “While our students put in the hard work, our faculty and staff’s commitment to their success is evident every day.”

The MS in physician assistant studies from Bay Path University is an intensive, accelerated degree program that combines on-campus classroom and laboratory work with off-site clinical experience. Students gain the knowledge and skills necessary for evaluating, monitoring, diagnosing, treating, and counseling patients across their lifespan. This degree prepares graduates to work in primary care, surgery, emergency medicine, and medical and surgical subspecialties.