The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Yale Physician Assistant Online Program sponsored by Yale University School of Medicine.
Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.
Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.
The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is the only certifying organization for physician assistants (PAs) in the United States. After becoming certified, PAs must obtain state licensure. To maintain active certification status, PAs must complete a minimum of 100 hours of continuing medical education (and pay a certification maintenance fee to NCCPA) every two years. Additionally, PA-Cs are required to take a recertification exam (PANRE) every 10 years.