Program Goals, Outcomes and PANCE Performance

Learn more about the Masters in Physician Studies Program goals, outcomes and PANCE performance.

Program Goals

  1. Annual first-time PANCE pass rate at or above the national mean
  2. Student to faculty ratio at or lower (at max. enrollment) than the PAEA national mean for private institutions 
  3. Student academic attrition rates <7% per class*
  4. Job placement for each cohort at 100% by six months after graduation

*Student academic attrition rates represent the percentage of students in each cohort that were dismissed, decelerated, or failing one or more courses at the time of a withdrawal or leave of absence. This does not include students who took a leave of absence or withdrew for other reasons.

Program Success at Achieving its Goals

1.  First-time PANCE Pass Rate

DUC MSPAS ClassDUC PANCE Pass RateNational PANCE Pass Rate
201996%93%
2020100%95%
202196%93%
2022*91%92%
2023*88%92%

*The program did not reach its goal for class of 2022 and class of 2023 PANCE pass rates. The program is reviewing data and exam performances including PACKRAT and EOC scores as well as program standards for EOR exam pass rates with attention to improving first time PANCE pass rates.  

2. Student to Faculty Ratio  

Academic YearDUC RatioPAEA Ratio
2017-20186:9:115.9:1 – Report 32
2018-20199:0:112.7:1 – Report 33
2019-202011.7:112.8:1 – Report 34
2020-202112.6:113.3:1 – Report 35
2021-202213.2:113.3:1 – Report 35
2022-2023*14.2:113.3:1 – Report 35
2023-2024*13.0:112.8:1 – Report 35

*Due to increased enrollment for AY 2022-2023, the MSPAS program slightly exceeded its student to full-time faculty ratio goal for the first time and immediately hired additional adjunct faculty. In the 2023-2024 academic year, the MSPAS program opened and filled a new full-time faculty position. We continue to slightly exceed our full-time faculty ratio goal and will continue to utilize additional adjunct while the University assesses faculty personnel decisions.

3.  Academic Attrition Rates  

DUC MSPAS ClassAcademic Student Attrition
20194%
20200%
20216.7%
20220%
20230%

We have achieved our goal for all classes noted above.

Student academic attrition rates represent the percentage of students in each cohort that were dismissed, decelerated, or failing one or more courses at the time of a withdrawal or leave of absence. This does not include students who took a leave of absence or withdrew for other reasons.

4.  Job Placement at Six Months After Graduation  

DUC MSPAS ClassJob Placement Rate at Six Months
201987%
202093%
202196%
202275%
2023 

The program has not met the goal of 100% job placement at 6 mos for all cohorts. At 12 months, all graduates secured employment.

Program Outcomes

PANCE Performance

Read about graduate performance on certifying exams in the PANCE Performance Report.