• Class of 2012

    Scholarship recipient Keith Jackson with family and Touro University Californa leadership

PANCE Pass Rates

The Program is pleased to report a first-time PANCE pass rate of 95% - congratulations to the Class of 2016!


Following are First-Time PANCE Pass Rates for all classes:

Class of 2016: 35 out of 37 - 95%
Class of 2015: 40 out of 40 - 100%
Class of 2014: 40 out of 40 - 100%
Class of 2013: 43 out of 43 - 100%
Class of 2012: 38 out of 39 - 97%*
Class of 2011: 34 out of 36 - 94%
Class of 2010: 33 out of 34 - 97%
Class of 2009: 21 out of 21 - 100%
Class of 2008: 48 out of 48 - 100%
Class of 2007: 42 out of 44 - 95%
Class of 2006: 23 out of 30 - 77%
Class of 2005: 6 out of 9 - 67% - First Graduating Class

*Class of 2012: Of the 40 graduates, 39 attempted the PANCE. The first-time pass rate can be expressed as 38/40 = 95%. The graph above follows the NCCPA report.

Of the eleven classes that graduated between 2005 and 2015, all but two students have passed the PANCE.

The official NCCPA report on the first-time PANCE pass rates for the past five years is available here. It covers the classes of 2011-2015.


To attain the PA-C designation, graduates of ARC-PA accredited PA programs must take and pass the PANCE. The PANCE is a computerized, multiple-choice exam that comprises 360 questions that assess basic medical and surgical knowledge. It is administered by the National Commission on Certification of the Physician Assistant (NCCPA)

Students should apply for PANCE before graduation; however, all requirements for graduation must be completed before students can actually take the exam.

The scores reflected in the graph show the average total scores for the test takers from that graduating year for the Touro scores, and all test takers in that calendar year for the national scores. These scores reflect the full range of areas tested.

The information tested in the PANCE are: cardiovascular, pulmonary, endocrine, EENT, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, reproductive, musculoskeletal, neurological, psychiatric, dermatologic, hematologic, and infectious diseases. The skills and abilities tested are: history taking, lab diagnostic, formation of a diagnosis, health maintenance, clinical intervention, clinical therapeutics, and the application of concepts.