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The Division of Physician Assistant Studies was ranked #50 by U.S. News & World Report in the publication’s 2023 rankings of Physician Assistant programs in America. This is the first year the program has been eligible for ranking by U.S. News & World Report.

The program enrolled its first class in January 2016 and received continued accreditation status on an 8-year review cycle in 2022. The past five graduating classes have averaged a 96 percent pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE), which is two points higher than the national average.

Katie Hanlon, MMS, PA-C (’06), was selected as Director of the Division of Physician Assistant Studies in June 2023 after serving in an Interim Director role for six months. The program is poised for continued growth as it welcomes three new faculty this fall and its incoming class in January 2024.