Physician Assistant Studies
The faculty and staff of the Physician Assistant Studies program at SRU are committed to preparing our graduates to adapt to the ever-changing medical profession while becoming gainfully employed as mid-level medical care providers and filling the medical needs of the region.
The program focus is to train and develop Physician Assistants, with a passion for special populations, to better meet medical needs. The program will aspire to promote life-long learners while advancing health needs of the regions served by the University. Graduates will have skills and leadership talents to make a difference in the quality of life in the healthcare environment in which they will work.
The Accreditation Review Commission on the Education for the Physician Assistant Inc. (ARC-PA)
At its March 2020 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) placed the Slippery Rock University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Slippery Rock University on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in March 2022.
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manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.
Probation accreditation is a temporary accreditation status initially of not less than two years. However, that period may be extended by the ARC-PA for up to an additional two years if the ARC-PA finds that the program is making substantial progress toward meeting all applicable Standards but requires additional time to come into full compliance. Probation accreditation status is granted, at the sole discretion of the ARC-PA, when a program holding an accreditation status of Accreditation-Provisional or Accreditation - Continued does not, in the judgment of the ARC-PA, 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as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and is subject to having its accreditation withdrawn.
The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at Accreditation History SRU.
Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).
Megan M. Borger MSPAS PA-C
Slippery Rock University
Director of Institutional Assessment & Accreditation
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING ACCREDITATION STATUS
Based on the March 2020 review, the ARC-PA placed the Slippery Rock University PA Program on accreditation probation status. The Program and University administration have created and initiated a plan of action for addressing the concerns raised by the ARC-PA. The PA Program and the University are implementing these measures.
We would like to reassure our prospective and current students the program maintains accreditation, which allows students to:
- apply for admission to the program,
- progress to program completion,
- sit for board examination (PANCE) upon successful program completion, and
- apply for state licensing.
Enrolling and graduating from a program on Accreditation-Probation means that you are still graduating from an ARC-PA accredited program.
Slippery Rock University is approved to offer programs that may lead to licensure/certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. SRU cannot confirm that the PA program meets the requirements for licensure/certification in any other state or commonwealth. If you are considering to enroll in the PA program and be certified/licensed in a state other than Pennsylvania, please check the specific requirements for licensure in your state. If you are considering to work as a PA in other states that may require certification/licensure, you should first seek guidance on your state's requirements. For more information, please consult the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) on the specific state information.