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Graduates from the physician assistant (PA) program at University of the Cumberlands’ Williamsburg campus all received some good news recently: Each one of them passed their Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination!

“I am so proud of the recent graduates' accomplishment,” said Dana Campbell, PhD, PA-C, director of the physician assistant program in Williamsburg. “They all put in hard work, and their dedication during the 27 rigorous months of the program has paid off. I speak for all the faculty and staff of this program in saying, ‘Bravo Zulu,’ job well done, UCPA Cohort 2023! We can't wait to see where your paths lead, but we know for sure they all lead to greatness.”

The PANCE (certifying examination) is the critical step that follows a PA student’s graduation from their respective master’s program. A graduate can pass all the exams required to earn their Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) from an accredited university, but, until they pass the PANCE, they are not certified to practice as a physician assistant. Passing the PANCE is a significant milestone for every MSPAS graduate.

This marks the first year that both PA programs at Cumberlands – the program in Williamsburg, KY, as well as the program in Florence, KY – had 100 percent PANCE pass rates. This is the second year in a row for the Florence program to have a perfect pass rate, and it’s the second cohort from Cumberlands’ Williamsburg campus to have a 100 percent pass rate for the PANCE. 

Students pursuing their Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at University of the Cumberlands receive high-quality instruction from experienced faculty at affordable rates. To learn more about the PA programs at Cumberlands, visit www.ucumberlands.edu/academics/graduate.