happy graduate

The four primary program goals are shown below. Click on a goal to learn more.

Goal: 80% of physician assistant (P.A.) students will graduate on time (within nine quarters of consecutive coursework).

Faculty and staff with the P.A. program are committed to helping all students finish successfully. The on-time graduation rate for the last five years averaged 94%.

Graduation Rate for Physician Assistant Students Entering the program

Goal: 90% of P.A. graduates will find employment in a health care setting.

The UC Davis P.A. program exceeded these employment goals in each of the past five years.

Job Placement Rate for PHysician Assistant Graduate

Goal: 50% of P.A. graduates will practice in medically underserved areas (MUAs), health professional shortage areas (HPSAs) or in primary care settings.

Over the past 40 years, the program graduated 1,800 nurse practitioners and P.A.s. In the past five years, between 45 and 71 percent of each year's graduates worked in MUAs, HPSAs or primary care, compared to much lower national averages of between 30 and 40%.

Percentage of PA assistant Graduates working in PRimary Care

Goal: 90% of P.A. students will pass the PANCE within nine months of program graduation.

The mission of the UC Davis P.A. program is to educate health care professionals to deliver care as members of interprofessional health care teams and to improve the availability of culturally relevant primary health care to underserved populations throughout California.

The program met this goal in each of the past five years. Program faculty revised this goal in 2021 to better align with the program and school’s mission and vision noted above. The school strives to support student success throughout the program and ensure they pass the PANCE within nine months following graduation, which is typically by June of the year following graduation.

2021 graduate data updated by June 2022, when graduates reach the nine -month date. Preliminary data available in the complete PANCE report PDF.

Read the complete PANCE report (PDF)

Percentage of PA assistant Graduates working in PRimary Care