Program accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), at its March 2017 meeting, placed the University of Dayton Physician Assistant program sponsored by University of Dayton on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in March 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manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.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 and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

The School of Education and Health Sciences and University of Dayton administrations are fully supportive of and committed to the success of the PA program.

Frequently asked questions

What does this mean for students in the PA Program?

The PA Program within the Department of Physician Assistant Education remains an accredited program that continues to produce highly qualified students and graduates.

Will I be eligible to take the PANCE upon completion of the program?

Yes. Programs on probation remain accredited. All graduates will be eligible to take the PANCE upon completion of the program.

What improvements are needed for the PA program? 

The improvements will include rewriting the clinical objectives and competencies to be more specialty-focused and to coordinate data collection with in-depth analysis and documentation of program assessment.

When will work begin on these changes?

The PA faculty began making needed improvements after the July 1, 2016, self-study was submitted to ARC-PA. The program has initiated an intense and focused plan of action to address the concerns cited in the ARC-PA report. Most of the needed changes will be designed during Summer 2017 and implemented and documented in the 2017-18 academic year.

When is the next self-study due to ARC-PA?

July 2018.

What is the length of the probationary period?

The UD PA program will remain on probation until March 2019.

When will the results of the improvement process be known to PA students?

March/April 2019.