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The thirty-seven May 2021 graduates of University of Saint Joseph Physician Assistant Studies M.S. program all earned a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE).

Certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is mandated for graduates of physician assistant programs in order to practice the profession and obtain initial licensure in the United States.

Since the program’s inception in January 2017, graduates of USJ’s 28-month PA program have consistently ranked above the national pass rate average, with each graduating class earning a 100% first-time pass rate.

Earlier this year, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) granted Accreditation-Continued status to the University of Saint Joseph Physician Assistant Program, an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Nataliya Krayzman is one of the 37 graduates who passed her Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) and has an incredibly compelling story that she would be happy to share with you.

Nataliya was born in 1979 in Grozny, Russia and lived in Grozny – the capital of Chechnya and one of the Russian Federation member countries – until she was 15.

By 1994 the first Russia-Chechnya war made Grozny too dangerous and she and her family moved to Dubno, Ukraine. She finished high school in Ukraine and graduated from the National University “Ostrog Academy” with high honors and a Master’s degree in Journalism.

Nataliya came to the United States at age 25 and decided to pursue a career in healthcare. She became a Radiology Technologist in 2009 at Hartford Hospital and continues in that capacity today. She enrolled in USJ’s PA Program in 2019 and was able to continue working at Hartford Hospital on a per diem basis during her studies.

This past May, Nataliya graduated from USJ’s PA Program and passed her Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). She started a new full time position as a Hartford Hospital Internal Medicine Hospitalist in August 2021, in combination with per diem in Radiology.

Nataliya lives in Wethersfield, CT with her husband and their three children.