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Pass rates on the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) are consistently above the national average.  Graduates’ scores on the PANCE have routinely placed the program in the top 25% or higher of programs nationally since moving to the master's degree in physician assistant studies in 2006.

Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) Performance
Year First Time Test Takers UW-L Pass Rate National Pass Rate
May 2011 13 100% 91%
May 2010 14 100% 94%
May 2009 13 100% 92%
May 2008 15 93% 94%
May 2007 11 100% 93%


As of May 2012 the program has 180 graduates.  The program graduated its first Master's degree class in 2006 and to date 79 students have graduated from the Master's degree program.  Specialty Area of Practice

Most have located in Minnesota and Wisconsin. 
Location of Practice

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the national median average salary is $86,410 in 2010.  The 2010 median average salary in Wisconsin for 2010 is $87,100 and $88,800 in Minnesota, per the U.S. Department of Labor sponsored Career One Stop.