Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies: Accreditation

ARC-PA Accreditation Status

At its June 2019 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) extended Accreditation-Probation status for the AdventHealth University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by AdventHealth University, until its next review in June 2021.

Accreditation - Probation Accreditation - Probation accreditation is a temporary status of accreditation, up to two years, granted when a program holding an accreditation status of Accreditation - Provisional or Accreditation - Continued does not meet the Standards or when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened. Once placed on probation, a program that fails 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manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having its accreditation withdrawn.

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

The program's accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA Website at:

AHU Explanation

The AdventHealth University (AHU) Physician Assistant program has been, and remains, accredited. AHU 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 AHU 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

AHU PA Program - Student Attrition Rate
Graduated Classes
Class of 2018 Class of 2019 Class of 2020
Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA) 25 30 30
Entering class size 25 30 29
Graduates 20 23 27
* Attrition rate 0.2 0.23 0.07
**Graduation rate 0.8 0.77 0.93

*Attrition rate calculation: Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size.
**Graduation rate: Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size.

AdventHealth University most recent three graduating cohorts.

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