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Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination

The Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) is a computer-based, multiple-choice test that assesses medical and surgical knowledge. This examination must be successfully passed in order for graduates to become eligible for licensure. 

The document below is the graduate performance on the PANCE board passage rates.



Licensure & Certification Disclosure


Graduates of the PA program are eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) administered by the National Commission on Certification of the Physician Assistant (NCCPA). All US States, territories, and the District of Columbia have legislation governing the qualifications or practice of physician assistants (PAs).  All jurisdictions require PAs to pass the PANCE. Only those successfully completing the examination may use the credential “Physician Assistant-Certified” and be eligible for licensure.


Medical licensure is dependent on many factors including, but not limited to educational requirements, examination requirements, and personal requirements.  As a result, Marist College cannot determine whether completion of this program would be sufficient to meet all of the licensure or limited permit requirements outside of New York State for the PA occupation. We advise you to contact the state licensing board or appropriate licensing entity to determine whether the program meets requirements for professional licensure in the state in which you reside or intend to pursue licensure. 


A listing of the licensing boards can be found at the hyperlinks below:

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*The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Marist College Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Marist College. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. 

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2030. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy. 

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at

Updated: 10/1/2020