Certification

Western Michigan University physician assistant graduates are eligible to take the certification examination offered by the National Commission on Certification for Physician Assistants, a computer-based exam which measures entry-level competencies and is required by all state licensing agencies. Successful completion of the exam allows the physician assistant to use the title of PA-Certified or PA-C.

Graduates of the WMU PA program consistently have pass rates and scores above the national average. Over the past five years, over 94 percent of WMU PA students have passed the exam on the first attempt. With questions related to WMU scores, contact eric.vangsnes@wmich.edu.

ClassNumber of first time takersProgram first time taker pass rateNational
first time taker pass rate
2009 36 94% 92%
2010 35 100% 94%
2011 37 95% 91%
2012 33 88% 93%
2013 35 94% 94%

Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination Five Year First Time Taker Summary Report