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Bay Path University’s Physician Assistant Class of 2018 Scores 100% National Exam Pass Rate

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Longmeadow, MA—The Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Class of 2018 from Bay Path University posted a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE).

The PANCE must be taken before a PA can be licensed for the first time upon graduation from an accredited program. Bay Path University’s PA program currently holds a three-year average pass rate for first-time exam takers of 97 percent.

“We are incredibly proud of the PA Class of 2018 for achieving a first-time PANCE pass rate of 100 percent. These graduates are as bright as they are driven, and their commitment to this field shows,” said Theresa Riethle, MS, PA-C, Program Director and Associate Professor of the University’s Physician Assistant Program. “I am also very proud of our whole team who shares in their success. From program inquiry, to thoughtful curriculum, to stellar clinical sites, our faculty and staff demonstrate true leadership and commitment to student success.”


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 offsite 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. To learn more about physician assistant studies at Bay Path University, visit the University's website.

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About Bay Path University

Bay Path University was founded in 1897. With locations in Longmeadow (main), East Longmeadow (Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center), Springfield (MA), Sturbridge (MA), and Concord (MA), Bay Path’s innovative program offerings include traditional undergraduate degrees for women, The American Women's College on-ground and online, the first all-women, all-online accredited bachelor’s degree programs in the country; over 30 graduate programs for women and men; and Strategic Alliances, offering professional development courses for individuals and organizations.  Bay Path’s goal is to give students confidence in the fundamentals of their chosen field, the curiosity to question the ordinary, the leadership to show initiative, and the desire to make a difference.