The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the University of Charleston Physician Assistant Program sponsored by University of Charleston.
Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.
Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.
The purpose of accreditation is to establish and maintain standards of quality. The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) is the agency authorized to accredit PA Educational Programs.
Students graduating from a PA program that holds an active accreditation status at any time during the student’s enrollment are considered graduates of an accredited program, and thus are eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). Students must successfully complete the program that was accredited at the time the student matriculated. Certification is required to be eligible for licensure to practice as a Physician Assistant.
To learn more about PA Program accreditation, visit the official ARC-PA website. To learn more about the PANCE, visit the official National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) website.