Featured Associate: Saint Francis University PA Program, Loretto, PA

First initiated into the Saint Francis curriculum in 1976, SFU was only one of six colleges in the state, and 55 nationwide, where students could enroll. The first class had 16 women and eight men looking to graduate and obtain certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

By the time of the Program’s accreditation in 1980, enrollment grew to 52 students in the two year accredited phase and was already gaining national recognition. Initially the Program was developed leading to a Bachelor of Science degree or certificate for those who already possessed a Bachelor degree. The Program continued to grow and made its transition to a Master granting degree program, graduating its first class of 51 Master of PA Science (MPAS) graduates, in 2001.

Clinical year preceptors and health care employers continue to indicate a high degree of satisfaction with SFU students and graduates. Program graduates have persistently done well on the national certification examination with an over-all 96% first-time pass rate since inception of the MPAS Program. The Program’s five-year first time average pass rate is currently 98%, which is higher than the national first time average pass rate of a 95%.

Even today, the PA Program continues to produce exceptional graduates, ready for the workforce, who will continue the time honored tradition of healing and helping those in need.

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