Accreditation and Licensure
Yale School of Medicine Physician Assistant Online has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Yale School of Medicine Physician Assistant Online anticipates matriculating its first class in January of 2018, pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at the September 2017 ARC-PA meeting.
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.
Yale PA Online prepares students to become certified physician assistants by passing the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). In the future, you will be able to find the pass rates here.
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.