In the United States, PA programs are accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) which is charged with protecting public interests and the PA profession. The ARC-PA publishes the Accreditation Standards for Physician Assistant Education, minimum standards of proficiency that all PA programs must follow to obtain and maintain accreditation. Only ARC-PA accredited (provisional or continuing) programs are permitted to train entry level PA students and only graduates from accredited programs (provisional or continuing) are eligible to sit for their national certification examinations. The standards cover Program Administration, Curriculum & Instruction, Program Evaluation, Provisional Accreditation, and Accreditation Maintenance.
Emory & Henry College has applied for Accreditation-Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Emory & Henry College anticipates matriculating its first class in May 2017, pending achieving Accreditation-Provisional status at the March 2017 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status for a new Physician Assistant (PA) program that, at the time of its initial accreditation review, demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with accreditation standards. The Program will not commence in May 2017 in the event that provisional accreditation is not received.
SACSCOC is the regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and charged with ensuring the quality & integrity of higher education institutions and programs.
Emory & Henry College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees.
The Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program is approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).