Additional Benchmarks and Resources

    • * Attrition rate calculation: Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size. ** Graduation rate: Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size.
  • 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 92%. Official NCCPA five-year summary report of National Board Pass Rates for first-time test takers:


  • 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 (NCCPA) 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 ten years. Specific questions regarding eligibility for or denial of California licensure should be directed to:

    Physician Assistant Board
    State of California, Department of Consumer Affairs
    2005 Evergreen Street, Suite 1100

    Sacramento, CA 95815
    Phone: (916) 561-8780

    National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
    12000 Findley Road, Suite 100
    Johns Creek, GA 30097-1409
    Phone: (678) 417-8100

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

    USC Licensure and Certification Information
    Many USC degree and certificate programs satisfy education requirements for licensure or certification in various health and professional areas. This website provides students with ready information about USC programs that satisfy education requirements for licensure or certification.


  • 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

    California Academy of Physician Assistants (CAPA)
    3100 W. Warner Avenue, Suite 3
    Santa Ana, CA 92704
    Phone: (714) 427-0321

    Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)
    300 N. Washington Street, Suite 710
    Alexandria, VA 22314-2544
    Phone: (703) 548-5538

    Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA)
    12000 Findley Road, Suite 275
    Johns Creek, GA 30097
    Phone: (770) 476-1224
    Fax: (770) 476-1738

    Society for the Preservation of Physician Assistant History