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Jacque Smith, Director of Public Relations

April 7, 2005

Union College physician assistant students achieve 100 percent pass rate; receive awards

LINCOLN—The Union College physician assistant graduating class of 2005 achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination. This certification is required before a physician assistant can legally practice in the United States. All graduates passed on their first attempt.
        According to Mike Huckabee, physician assistant program director, reaching this 100 percent first-time pass rate is a milestone for Union’s relatively young program. Graduates from the 2005 class are employed across the country, including Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Missouri and several remaining in Nebraska.
        In addition, two current physician assistant students, Alan Brokenicky and Beki Garrett, were honored at the Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants Awards Luncheon on April 6. Each received a $1,000 scholarship from the Nebraska Physician Assistant Foundation. Qualification requirements include submitting academic transcripts, financial aid information and an essay on health issues in Nebraska.