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Program Success Rates

Students in a clinical skills lab

Upon graduation from the Physician Assistant BS/MS (4.5 Year) program you are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) for physician assistants. Consistently our students have the highest professional certifying examination pass rate on campus. The vast majority of our students consistently meet or exceed the national PANCE pass rate average, year after year.

Student Outcomes

In 2015, 97% of D'Youville Physician Assistant students, who were first-time test takers, successfully passed the PANCE exams.

Summary DYC five-year PANCE pass rates (PDF)


The 2017 PA class

white coat ceremony

The 2017 PA class donned lab coats after receiving them at the White Coat Ceremony on May 6, 2016, which marks the beginning of their student rotations in medical practice.

Physician Assistant convocation

class of 2015

Class of 2015 PA students after their graduation ceremony.

Caduceus presentation

Caduceus

Each year, the PA graduating class presents a caduceus to the department. Sandra Winiasz '15, right, presents the framed art work to PA Chair (Interim) Renee Andreeff, MPAS, MS, EdD, PA-C, DFAAPA.

Class of 2015 Masters Research Project awardees

Masters research project

Class of 2015 Masters Research Project awardees (l to r): Natalie Vetter, Ashley Steiger, Kyle Heassler, Rebekah Testa, Shaifa Farooqui, and Melissa Hasselbeck.

2015 Outstanding Community Research Project Awardee, Caylen Sawchuk

community research project

2015 Outstanding Community Research Project Awardee, Caylen Sawchuk (l), with PA Chair (Interim) Renee Andreeff, MPAS, MS, EdD, PA-C, DFAAPA.

The 2016 PA class

white coat ceremony

The 2016 PA class donned lab coats after receiving them at the White Coat Ceremony, which marks the beginning of their student rotations in medical practice.

Members of DYC's Student PA Association raised funds through the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Friends of the Poor Walk/Run.

Student PA Association

Members of DYC's Student PA Association raised funds through the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Friends of the Poor Walk/Run. The annual event provides funding for emergency assistance to those in need, regardless of race, origin, religion, or gender.

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Students in the class of 2015, suited up and ready for work!

suited up and ready to work

Students in the class of 2015, suited up and ready for work!

New York State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA)

NYSSPA

November 2015 - New York State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA) President Jen Kelly visited D'Youville to present information about the organization to D'Youville PA students. The talk was followed by a pizza party.

Primary Care Research Poster Presentation Day

Primary Care Research Poster Presentation Day

Class of 2015 students presented their work at the annual Primary Care Research Poster Presentation Day. Examples shown here from Nana Akuoko (l) and Sandra Winiasz (r).

Beverly Close, preceptor of the year

Preceptor of the Year

Our 2015 Preceptor of the Year is Beverly Close, PA.

Ian Drullard '14, was recognized as an outstanding veteran

Outstanding Student Veteran

Ian Drullard '14, was recognized as an outstanding veteran with the 2014 Grogan Memorial/Veterans Caucus Scholarship of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Right: Dr. Maureen F. Finney, then-PA chair, now School of Health Professions dean. Left, Ed Draper.

With dedicated services through its Veterans Affairs Office, D'Youville is ranked highly as a top college for veterans.

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