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Students in the Physician Assistant Program at Penn State College of Medicine take part in the White Coat Ceremony in 2016, during which the students receive their white coats signifying the start of their training. Three female students are seen in the foreground, reading from the event program, with a male and female student visible in the background.

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Student Attrition

In accordance with ARC-PA Standard A3.12i , the table listed below is the minimum information required to be published. Download the required ARC-PA document version of this information here (PDF format).

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Attrition rate calculation per ARC-PA: Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size.

Graduation rate per ARC-PA: Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size.

The entering class size is the number of students who entered the cohort plus the number of students who are re-entering the program from a different cohort due to various circumstances; including deceleration or leave of absences. The program has never exceeded the maximum capacity of 30 students by over-enrolling the class during the admissions process.

The attrition data includes students who voluntarily withdraw from the program, are dismissed for professionalism or academic reasons, take a personal or medical leave of absence, or decelerate to another cohort.

All decelerated students from the Class of 2020 successfully graduated and passed the PANCE on the first attempt in 2021.