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.
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation - Provisional status to the Emory & Henry College Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Emory & Henry College. 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.
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).