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Predicting scores for the PANCE PA certification exam

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The focus of this study was determining
predictors of success on the
PANCE for students who attended the
Interservice Physician Assistant
Program (IPAP). The first U.S. Army
physician assistants graduated from the
Medical Field Service School physician
assistant program at Fort Sam Houston,
Texas, in 1973. The U.S. Air Force
started commissioning physician assistants
in 1978 while the U.S. Army did
not start commissioning until 1992.
The U.S. Army physician assistant program
was designated as the IPAP in
May 1996, and enrolled students from
all branches of the armed services as
well as the Bureau of Prisons, the State
Department, and The University ofTexas.


As expected, the relationship
between the third trimester scores and
the PANCE scores revealed a statistically
significant result. For the third
trimester score; F (1,84) = 6.41, p < .05. The first trimester score; F (1,84) = 3.09, and the second trimester score; F (1,84) = 2.65, which are not significant. As a result, the second hypothesis was accepted based on significant correlation coefficients and F-ratio results. The PANCE study guide
proved to be the best predictor.
The third hypothesis was also tested
using the results from the correlation
matrix. The correlation coefficient of
.32 with p < .01 indicates a significant relationship although the correlation is not strong. Also, Phase II scores account for only 10% of the variance in the PANCE score. As a result, the third hypothesis is accepted, but demonstrates that clinical performance is not a strong predictor for the level of success on the PANCE.