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Springfield College '08 Physician Assistant Grads Score Perfect Pass Rate on First Try on National Certifying Exam

November 11, 2008

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Nov. 11, 2008 – It is unusual for an entire graduating class of physician assistant students to pass the national certification examination on the first try, but the Springfield College Class of 2008 did.

“The perfect pass rate on the first try is exceptional, and this is the second time in three years that our graduates have achieved this success,” said Charles M. Milch, chair of the Springfield College Physician Assistant Studies Dept. The first-time pass rate for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination is usually in the 87 to 89 percent range.

All 25 members of the class became employed as physician assistants following graduation with starting salaries ranging from $80,000 to $105,000. Some had multiple job offers.

Springfield College offers a five-year dual-degree program in physician assistant studies, which blends academic learning with hands-on experience. Students complete a bachelor’s degree in health sciences and begin professional preparation for the master of science degree in physician assistant studies in the spring semester of their third year.

By graduation from the master’s degree program, students have clinical training in family medicine, internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, emergency medicine, and other specialties, all supervised by a faculty of physicians and physician assistants.

They complete six-week clinical rotations in all areas of medicine, each consisting of at least 40 hours weekly, in physicians’ offices, community hospitals, community health centers, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Many of these experiences lead to employment.

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