Master's Physician Assistant: Accreditation

ARC-PA Accreditation Status

At its July 2017 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) placed the Adventist University of Health Sciences Physician Assistant program, sponsored by Adventist University of Health Sciences, on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in June 2019.

Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.

Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.

Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director at and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

ADU Explanation

The Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) Physician Assistant program has been, and remains, accredited. ADU is also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award Certificates, Associate's, Baccalaureate's, Master's, and a Doctoral degree. As such, the pursuit of academic excellence continues to be the primary objective of the program faculty and the University administration.

The reasons for placing ADU on accreditation probation status pertains to administrative and assessment standards. While we are disappointed with the probationary status, students will be reassured to know:

  • The content and quality of the curricular instruction is not in question.
  • This does not affect currently enrolled, admitted, and prospective students on their journey toward program completion.
  • Students can continue to apply, matriculate, graduate, take board examinations, obtain state licensing, and practice medicine.

The program and University administration have initiated an intensive plan of action to immediately address the accreditors’ concerns. We are confident that the corrective measures being implemented will meet or exceed the accreditation standards of the ARC-PA ultimately lifting the probationary status. Additional questions may be directed emailed to

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