Two powerful PA student study resources for acing board exams. Pass PANCE, guaranteed.

Studying with SmartyPANCE?

Access to 14 NCCPA Blueprint Courses with more than 450 NCCPA™ PANCE and PANRE Content Blueprint Topics and Modules that prepare you to ace the PANCE.

Studying with Picmonic for PA?

Seamlessly supplement your study routine with 2-3 minute mnemonic videos research-proven to help PA students increase test scores 50%.

Need Better Retention?

Retain the hardest to learn and most frequently tested PA school facts 331% longer.

What PA Students Say About Picmonic


Students use Picmonic from the start of their first year all the way to their PANCE and end of rotation (EOR) exams. It’s a great investment for physician assistant school and your future practice.


Picmonic has helped make Physician Assistant school understandable and it has helped the information be more digestible. My average grade has gone up 7%, and I regularly use information gathered on this app to help others learn, and even to correct outdated information in powerpoints. I would HIGHLY recommend this for anyone who is an audio-visual learner, or for anyone who is an active person who likes to study on the go.

Anonymous - Christian Brothers University
Jeffery L.

I love Picmonic. I admit the silly pictures made me skeptical at first, but if you truly commit, Picmonic will help you shine by crushing tests and impressing the attending on your clinical rotations! Commit!!

Jeffery L. - University of Nebraska
Ariel Benites Campa

Picmonic is hands down my favorite study tool for PA school! Not only has it helped me to retain a ton of information during my didactic year of school, but it has done so in a way that doesn't even feel like I'm studying. I love the fact that they have such a wide variety of topics that neatly align with the PANCE blueprint as well. Picmonic definitely helped me maintain a high GPA so far during PA school, and I'd recommend it to anyone else going into PA school or a similar health care career pathway!

Ariel Benites CampaSan Antonio, TX - University of Texas - HS Center at San Antonio

Comparing Picmonic PA to SmartyPANCE

Videos / Topics1,800+0
Quiz Questions21,000+1,021
Avg. Video Length2-3 minsN/A
Topic SummariesYesYes
Daily Quiz with Spaced RepetitionYesNo
Study SchedulerComing soonNo
Custom PlaylistsYesNo
Follow pg-by-pg w/ Popular BooksYesNo
Real Images & VideoYesYes
Board Style QuestionsNoYes
Customize & Share ContentYesNo
Study Guides / WorkbooksYesNo
Webinar VideosYesYes
Academic InfographicsYesYes
Integrated with Other Study AidsLecturio • OnlineMedEd • OsmosisYes
Anki IntegrationYesNo
LMS IntegrationsYesNo
Student Engagement TrackingYesNo
Educator DashboardYesNo
Mobile AppsYesNo
Validated by Published ResearchYesNo
Student Price$168/yr$75/yr
Last Updated 11/2021

Which Physician Assistant student study resource is best for you? We compare Picmonic and SmartyPANCE on factors including content coverage, number of videos, number of quizzes, definitions, topic summaries, and features like daily quiz with spaced repetition, study schedulers, custom playlists, real images and videos, flashcards, customizing content, webinar videos, study guides, workbooks, academic infographics, and integration with other study aids. Plus we look at extras like Anki integrations and Add-Ons, alignment with popular textbooks, and mobile apps.

"Study Smarter, Not Harder"


Picmonic is the toolkit of choice for Physician Assistant students who want to master hard-to-learn topics and retain what they study 331% longer by harnessing the power of picture mnemonics and spaced repetition (that basically means daily quizzes).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is SmartyPANCE?

SmartyPANCE offers fourteen blueprint courses with 482 lessons and 1,000's of integrated board review questions, quizzes, and flashcards, all designed to cover the entire NCCPA™ PANCE and PANRE Content Blueprint step-by-step, made simple with exam day question stems, pearls, need to know diagnostic studies, and gold standard treatments.

Can PA students use SmartyPANCE with Picmonic?

Yes! With the Picmonic integration PA students watch Picmonic videos and take Picmonic quizzes directly from Smarty PANCE blueprint lessons. No more toggling from one resource to another — focus on blueprint pearls and need-to-know facts curated for the PANCE, PANRE, and end of rotation (EOR) exams.

What does SmartyPANCE cost?

A 12-month membership to SmartyPANCE costs $75 and includes the Picmonic PA integration and complimentary access to ThePALife Academy—all with a single login.

Does SmartyPANCE offer a free trial?

SmartyPANCE doesn’t offer a free trial. But, they do offer a no questions asked, 100% money-back guarantee anytime within 60 days of purchase.

Is SmartyPANCE enough for PANCE?

SmartyPANCE fourteen blueprint courses with over 482 lessons and 1,000's of integrated board review questions, quizzes, and flashcards are perfect for PANCE and PANRE preparation and preparing for end of rotation (EOR) exams. For a more well-rounded study routine, supplement with Picmonic’s 1,800+ high-yield PA topics and videos and more than 12,000 daily quiz questions to prepare you for both exams and as a physician assistant.

Does SmartyPANCE have a mobile study app?
No, SmartyPANCE doesn’t offer a mobile study app for PA students. Picmonic offers a PA mobile study app you can download for iOS and Android, to enable on-the-go studying — even when you don’t have an internet connection. As of 2021, the Picmonic for PA app has a rating of 4.9 stars out of 5. Be sure to read the reviews in the App store.
What is Picmonic?

Picmonic is a picture mnemonic visual resource using unforgettable stories and characters research-proven to increase retention 331% and increase test scores 50%. With 1,800+ video mnemonics, Picmonic covers many of the hardest to remember, high-yield subjects, topics, and facts frequently tested in classes and on the PANCE or PANRE. Each 2-3 min video provides a succinct review of facts for easier, faster, and more effective review throughout medical school and while studying for your PA boards.

Does SmartyPANCE have an Anki Add-On?

While SmartyPANCE doesn’t have an Anki Add-On, it does offer members-only access to high-yield flashcards and more than 1,000 board-style questions. Picmonic offers an Anki Add-On. Be sure to download the Picmonic Add-On from your desktop app.

By the Numbers

Over 1 million healthcare students have used Picmonic to ace exams and boards/certifications on their way to becoming successful professionals.

High-Yield Facts