So my particular PA school uses the PACKRAT to determine if students are ready to take the PANCE or not at the end of clinical year (this is new and never counted like this before). This year's most recent PACKRAT version national average is apparently a 167, 20 points higher than the last 3 averages on PAEA's website and 40 points higher than last years national average of 128 (according to my PA school). They have informed us that if we do not get within the 2 point standard deviation, they will not allow us to take the PANCE until we reach an adequate grade on the PACKRAT. Can they legally do this?
According to PAEA, the PACRAT can be done open book so these scores are skewed and shouldn't count for my class.
There is nothing in our program handbook about the PACKRAT being a requirement for graduation.
So I was browsing MUSC's website, and noticed that they had a 86% PANCE pass rate in 2019 compared to being in the high 90s the other four years. Does anyone know why the number dropped so significantly? It was 98% in 2018 and 2017. Can anyone share insight if there were any problems with the curriculum that cycle?