Bethel University Physician Assistant Graduates Achieve 100 Percent Pass Rate

MCKENZIE, TN –  Bethel University’s 2017 graduates from its Physician Assistant Program announced that they achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE).

     “We are very pleased with this pass rate," said Gwen Ferdinand-Jacob, PA Program Director, "which is a result of the tremendous effort put forth by our students, coupled with our faculty's unwavering commitment to excellence.  It is a testament to the quality of Bethel University's PA Program, and the level to which we commit to producing physician assistant graduates who are fully prepared to take their certifying examinations and to enter the healthcare workforce as skilled, caring and competent providers."

J.R. Allison, M.D., a radiologist at The Jackson Clinic, Jackson Tennessee, and assistant professor and Medical Director of the Bethel PA program said when hearing the news:  "We are of course very pleased with this result which is a great testament to the effectiveness of this program and the diligence of our students but we are already hard at work to achieve the same for the next class."

     Bethel's Bachelor of Science in Nursing 2017 graduates also recently announced that they had achieved a 100 percent pass rate on their licensing examination.

     “I could not be happier that our health care programs are being recognized for exemplary performance,” said Bethel President Walter Butler. “I am equally happy that the individuals connected to these programs are getting recognized in this way. It’s a deserving moment, and students looking to enter both our Physician Assistant and Nursing programs can feel very confident that they will get a meaningful and quality education.”

     The Bethel University Physician Assistant Program confers a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies upon completion of the 27-month educational program. Bethel’s program consists of 12 months of didactic education, and 15 months of clinical experiences. In addition to being recognized for its 100 percent pass rate, the Bethel University PA Program was also recently among the top 6 in the nation for rural employment – serving an important role of fulfilling rural primary care shortages in the U.S.

     For more information about the Bethel University Physician Assistant program please contact the admissions department at

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