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Goals & Competencies


The Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE)

Once you graduate from WUPA, you can take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination® (PANCE) for certification. The multiple-choice exam assesses basic medical and surgical knowledge. You will need to submit an application and payment in advance and can choose from over 200 testing sites.


After passing PANCE, PAs are issued NCCPA certification and can use the PA-C designation until the certification expiration date.


We strive to maintain a PANCE first-time test taker pass rate at or above the national average.  We have achieved this since our Class of 2012.


The Wingate University program is an accredited program. Our faculty strives to meet and surpass these goals:

Wingate University PA Program supports a culture of learning and sharing information gained through practice among clinical year students:

  • Two elective rotations in the clinical year provide students with unique opportunities for student learning and practical experience in a medical field of interest which build upon the knowledge and skills gained in the didactic year and in completed required clinical rotations. At the end of the Elective I experience, clinical students present interesting cases, in Grand Rounds format, to program faculty and peers that highlight evolving areas and new trends in medicine.
  • A culminating Capstone Project, requires students to apply knowledge and skills obtained throughout their graduate studies to identify and critically analyze quality improvement initiatives in healthcare aimed at improving the effectiveness and reliability of health processes and outcomes. Students present an oral summation of their Capstone Project to both peers and Wingate PA faculty in their final semester.

Program Competencies

The Wingate PA Program competencies represent the medical knowledge, skills, clinical reasoning and problem-solving abilities, and professional behaviors each student must satisfactorily demonstrate in order to graduate from the Wingate PA Program.  The framework of these competencies was informed by the updated Competencies for the PA Profession, the PAEA Core Competencies for New PA Graduates and guided by the mission and values of the Wingate PA Program. The PA Program tracks student progress in acquiring sixteen program competencies that ensure that students are developing the knowledge, skills, and attitudes important to PA practice.  The Wingate PA Program Competencies are organized into 8 core domains outlined below.

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