Graduated Class of
Graduated Class of
Graduated Class of
Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA) 65 65
Entering class size
77 65 65
Graduates 75 63 64
* Attrition rate 2.6% 3.1% 1.5%
**Graduation rate 97% 97% 98%

In accordance with the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc., (ARC-PA)  Standard A3.12i, the table above is information about student attrition that is required to be published. 

The class of 2018 entering class size reflects admissions to the physician assistant (P.A.) program and a dual family nurse practitioner and P.A. program under the former, pre-March 2016 ARC-PA standards that permitted programs to enroll up to 15% above its maximum approved class size.


Entering class size: Number of students newly enrolled for the admission cycle plus number of students who are reentering from a different cohort.

Attrition rate calculation per ARC-PA:  Number of students from the entering class who did not complete the program, either due to dismissal or withdrawal, plus number of students from the entering class who left their cohort due to deceleration or leave of absence.

Cohort attrition: The Total Attrition divided by the entering class size

Graduation rate: The number of graduates divided by the entering class size to determine the cohort graduation rate.