Other Resources

PANCE Graduate Performance on Certification Exam

Since the program’s inception in 1972, program graduates have performed well on the PANCE. The Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at USC’s first-time test taker five-year average pass rate is 97%. Official NCCPA 5 year summary report of National Board Pass Rates for first time test takers. Download the report.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our program has summarized frequently asked questions (FAQs) that you may find useful. You can find them by clicking here.

NHSC Scholars

About the National Health Service Corp (NHSC)
The National Health Service Corp is an organization that offers scholarships to full time students in approved NHSC eligible Health Professions. Here’s how it works:
A student applies to become a NHSC Recipient, if awarded, that student receives tax-free payment of tuition, required fees, other reasonable education costs, and a monthly living stipend. In exchange, the student then provides care at an NHSC approved site in a high need Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).
For more information about the National Health Service Corp click here.

Primary Care Physician Assistant Program NHSC Recipients
At the Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at USC, we are proud of every one of our NHSC Recipients. We know that to receive a NHSC award is an accomplishment. Each scholar has demonstrated their ability to achieve and maintain good grades while in school and more importantly has displayed their commitment to primary care and working in an underserved community. Since the Class of 2010, the program has 29 recipients of the NHSC Scholarship and one Native Hawaiian Disadvantaged Scholar.

Credentialing and Practice Requirements

In order to practice in California (excluding federal employment) the PA must successfully complete an accredited physician assistant program, pass the examination given by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, and be licensed by the Physician Assistant Board of the Medical Board of California. Physician assistants maintain national certification by earning 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years and re-certifying every six years. The Medical Board of California must approve supervising physicians. Specific questions regarding eligibility for or denial of California licensure should be directed to the:

Physician Assistant Board (PAB)
State of California, Department of Consumer Affairs
2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1100
Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone: (916) 561-8780
E-mail: pacommittee@mbc.ca.gov
Website: http://www.pac.ca.gov

National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
12000 Findley Road, Suite 100
Johns Creek, GA 30097-1409
Phone: (678) 417-8100
E-mail: nccpa@nccpa.net
Website: http://www.nccpa.net/

Note: The ability to obtain a state PA license may be compromised by a criminal record.

Professional Organizations

Additional information on physician assistant training and practice, relevant legislation, and resources on PA education and training programs can be obtained through the following resources:

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
2318 Mill Road, Suite 1300
Alexandria, VA 22314-1552
Phone: (703) 836-2272
E-mail: aapa@aapa.org
Website: http://www.aapa.org

California Academy of Physician Assistants (CAPA)
3100 W. Warner Avenue, Suite 3
Santa Ana, CA 92704
Phone: (714) 427-0321
E-mail: capa@capanet.org
Website: http://www.capanet.org

Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)
300 N. Washington Street, Suite 710
Alexandria, VA 22314-2544
Phone: (703) 548-5538
E-mail: info@PAEAonline.org
Website: http://www.paeaonline.org

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)
12000 Findley Road, Suite 150
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Phone: (770) 476-1224
Fax: (770) 476-1738
Website: http://www.arc-pa.org

Society for the Preservation of Physician Assistant History
Website: http://www.pahx.org/

Keck PA Magazine