Arcadia University Physician Assistant Students Score in Top 3 Percent in Nation

GLENSIDE, Pa. (Dec. 6, 2013) ─ Arcadia University’s Physician Assistant program is proud to announce that its students scored collectively among the elite top 3 percent on the National Commission on the Certification of PAs (NCCPA) examination.

"Our graduates continue their fine work as students with even finer performances on the national board examinations,” said Dr. Michael Dryer, chair of the Department of Medical Science and Community Health at Arcadia. “Our total pass rate for all of our graduates attests to the high-caliber of our students and their outstanding performance in clinical practice. To have a large class of students for the last five years pass 100 percent on their national boards on the first attempt and score in the 97 percentile together at both the Glenside and Christiana, Delaware campuses is a testament to the excellent instruction students get both in the didactic and laboratory coursework as well as in their clinical rotations. That puts us in the top five nationally compared with all other programs and demonstrates our ability to provide physician assistant students with a great professional education while addressing the critical shortage of skilled health care providers.”

With campuses in Pennsylvania and Delaware, Arcadia’s Physician Assistant program prepares graduate students for careers in today’s rapidly changing medical environment. Using the resources of the medical community within the Delaware Valley, the program provides students with a foundation for professional growth through personal attention, a global perspective, and a commitment to excellence.

“A continuing record of results such as these for our Physician Assistant Program, as well as those of the other programs in the College of Health Sciences prove what we all know—that the level of excellence here at Arcadia University is the result of a top-flight faculty teaching superb students,” said Dr. Archie Vomachka, dean of the College of Health Sciences. “The performance of our CHS graduate students, and their achievements after they leave us, aid in attracting high quality undergraduates to the University.”

The master’s degree program in Medical Science (Physician Assistant) at Arcadia University is designed to produce graduates who are well-equipped to deliver high-quality, cost-effective health care in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices and other community settings. Arcadia undergraduates are assured admission to various graduate programs when they meet prescribed levels of achievement.

Media Contact: Daniel DiPrinzio, Arcadia University, 610-731-3871, diprinziod@arcadia.edu

About Arcadia University
Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in suburban Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad and international education. The 2013 Open Doors report names Arcadia University #1 in the nation in undergraduate students studying abroad, while U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia among the top regional universities in the north and lauds Arcadia’s study abroad programs. Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative, and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and lead in a diverse and dynamic world. Visit www.arcadia.edu.

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