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Accreditation for Physician Assistant


The Duquesne University Physician Assistant Studies Program is a five-year entry-level Master's degree program leading to a Master's in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree. Initially accredited in October 1993 by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP), the PA Program has been re-accredited by CAAHEP in 1996, and by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) in 1999 and 2003. The process of accreditation assures the public that the program meets or exceeds standards for quality education set forth by the ARC-PA.

 The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Duquesne University.  Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be June, 2019. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy

For more information on the accreditation process and ARC-PA, visit:www.arc-pa.org