Physician Assistant Program Accreditation

 

 

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 only agency authorized to accredit PA Educational Programs.

 

The Gardner-Webb University Physician Assistant Studies Program is provisionally accredited. 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.  Accreditation-Provisional is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

 

Accreditation-Provisional remains in effect until the program achieves accreditation-continued after its third review, closes or withdraws from the accreditation process, or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.  

 

ACCREDITATION STATUS

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Gardner-Webb University Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program.

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.  Accreditation-Provisional is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

Accreditation-Provisional remains in effect until the program achieves accreditation-continued after its third review, closes or withdraws from the accreditation process, or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.  

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has placed the Gardner-Webb University Physician Assistant program on Accreditation–Administrative Probation status.  Accreditation–Administrative Probation is a temporary status of accreditation granted when a program has not complied with an administrative requirement. Once placed on Administrative Probation, a program that fails to comply with administrative requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having its accreditation withdrawn.