CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSEN
Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: March 8, 2002
UI Physician Assistant Program's graduates excel on national certification
Continuing with the tradition of excellence established by their predecessors,
the 23 graduates for the class of 2001 University of Iowa Physician Assistant
(PA) Program passed and scored among the best in the country on the Physician
Assistant National Certification Examination.
The 100 percent pass rate put the UI program at the 97th percentile among
the 100 PA programs with more than five first-time exam takers. From 1974
to 2001, the UI first-time pass rate is greater than 99 percent. The national
average during the same period was approximately 85 percent.
"We believe this level of achievement reflects the quality of education
that the PA students receive from the College of Medicine," said David
Asprey, Ph.D., director of the University's PA Program. "We are very
proud of the tradition of excellence that our graduates have established.
Our graduates are well prepared to enter the profession and provide high quality
health care to the Iowans and the rest of the nation."
Iowa's 23 PA graduates took the exam last October. Passing the test is necessary
for the PAs to obtain their licenses in all states.
Asprey attributed the UI's success to the program's curriculum, which is
highly integrated into the medical school curriculum, and the caliber of its
students. The curriculum for PA students at the UI is far more heavily integrated
with that of the medical students than any other PA program in the country.
More than 60 percent of the didactic curriculum completed by the PA students
is taken with the second-year medical students. In addition, because of the
program's reputation and curriculum, the program attracts exceptional students
who are more apt to excel, Asprey said.
The UI program is one of 130 accredited PA programs in the country and one
of the100 programs with more than five exam takers last year. The College
of Medicine established the 25-month program in 1972. Since that time, the
UI has graduated 557 PAs.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient
care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit
UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.