GW believes that ongoing accreditation of the University, its schools, departments, and programs enhances our reputation as a center of academic excellence and as a trusted provider of educational and professional preparation. Accreditation is important to prospective and current students, as well as to our alumni.
PA Program Accreditation
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the George Washington (GW) University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. 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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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 September 2023. 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.
PA National Certification Exam 5-year Pass Rates
The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is the credentialing organization for physician assistants in the US. It administers the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE), which students must pass to practice as a certified PA.
Achievement of Program Goals
Goal 1. Educate future PAs who possess superior knowledge and skills
1.1 At least 90% of didactic year students will pass the comprehensive clinical medicine examinations on the first attempt.
The Class of 2021, 2022, and 2023 exceeded the 90% benchmark (See data below).
1.2 Annual class mean scores for PAEA End-of-Rotation (EOR) exams will exceed the national mean scores.
The Class of 2020 and 2021 mean scores for all PAEA EOR exams exceeded the national mean scores. For the Class of 2022, the GW EOR exams mean scores exceeded the national average in all areas except for emergency medicine where it was equal to the mean score (See Class of 2022 data below).
1.3 At least 95% of the clinical year students will pass the summative OSCE exams on the first attempt.
The Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022 exceeded the 95% benchmark (See data below).
1.4 The GW class means for the 8 task categories of the NCCPA PANCE exam for first-time test takers will exceed means of first-time test takers from all US PA programs combined.
The Class of 2020 and 2021 means for the 8 task categories of the NCCPA PANCE exam for first-time test takers exceeded the means of first-time test takers from all US PA programs combined. For the class of 2022, the program means exceeded the national means in all areas except for Formulating Most Likely Diagnosis and for Health Maintenance, Patient Education, and Preventative Measures. (See Class of 2022 data below).
Goal 2. Recruit and matriculate a diverse class of highly qualified students.
Goal 3. Foster an awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of communities.
Goal 4. Encourage professional involvement, leadership and service.
4.1 At least one hundred percent (100%) of clinical students participate in congressional advocacy training.
The Class of 2021, 2022, and 2023 met the benchmark with 100% of students participating in congressional advocacy training (See data below).
4.2 The James K. Tolton Society will participate in at least 3 outreach or public service activities each year.
The Tolton Society for the Class of 2021, 2022, and 2023 exceeded the benchmark of participating in at least 3 outreach or public service activities (See data below).
4.3 At least 50% of the principal faculty and program leadership with 2 or more years of teaching experience hold national and/or local leadership roles outside the PA program.
For academic years 2020-2021, 2021-2022, and 2022-2023, the Program exceeded the benchmark of at least 50% of the principal faculty and program leadership with 2 or more years of teaching experience holding national and/or local leadership roles outside of the PA Program (See data below)
4.4 At least 25% of students hold national and/or local leadership roles or participate in leadership development activities.
The Class of 2020 and 2022 met the benchmark of at least 25% of students holding national and/or local leadership roles or participating in leadership development activities. The Class of 2021 did not meet the 25% benchmark (See data below).
4.5 One hundred percent (100%) of PA students are members of AAPA.
The Class of 2020, 2021, and 2022 met the benchmark of 100% AAPA student membership (See data below).