WLU PA grads achieve major goal

ALL PASS BOARD EXAMS — West Liberty University’s 2018 physician assistant studies master’s degree graduates all passed their national board exams. Graduates are, front, from left, Chad Eckard, Brandon Bolduc, Lauren Healy, Caitlyn Asbury, Jillian Laslo and Julia Gotthardt; and back, Daniel Burns, Emily Butler, Ryan Killpack, Chelsea Camerlengo, Laura Waialae, Ceirra Zeigler, Courtney Pyeritz, Autumn Cunningham, Kimberly Rinard and Jon-Michael Brunner.

WEST LIBERTY — West Liberty University’s 2018 physician assistant studies master’s degree graduates achieved a big goal — they all passed their national board exams, according to officials.

“We are proud of our recent graduates and congratulate them on a job well done,” said Dr. William A. Childers Jr., PA-C program director. “As an additional measure of success of the WLU PA program, the class of 2018 achieved a 100 percent first-time taker PANCE pass rate. Ultimately, this success is a measure of the commitment, work and study of the students themselves.”

Historically, since the PANCE was initiated in 1973, the national pass rate has fluctuated between 69.0 and 94.6 percent, according to the PA Life website.

The newest group of WLU PAs graduated in a formal ceremony held June 15.

Childers went on to say that the perfect pass rate also is a direct measure of the commitment on behalf of West Liberty University PA program to student success.

The Class of 2018 and their hometowns include: Caitlyn Asbury, New Cumberland; Brandon Bolduc, Weirton; Jon-Michael Brunner, Wheeling; Daniel Burns, Wheeling; Emily Butler, Washington, W.Va.; Chelsea Camerlengo, Weirton; Autumn Cunningham, Georgetown, Pa.; Chad Eckard, Greenville, Pa.; Julia Gotthardt, Southbury, Conn.; Lauren Healy, Bloomington, Ind.; Ryan Killpack, Firth, Idaho; Jillian Laslo, Shadyside; Courtney Pyeritz, Pittsburgh; Kimberly Rinard, Wardensville, W.Va.; Laura Waialae, Wheeling; and Ceirra Zeigler, New Cumberland.

All the PAs have found employment.

The newest class of 19 physician assistant students completed a program orientation on June 30 and began to hit the books with classroom work on July 2. Those students will go through a year of classroom work, followed by a second year of clinical rotations.

The PA program at WLU began in summer 2012 and offers students a 24-month, year-round program of study housed at the newly constructed Campbell Hall of Health Sciences.