Physician Assistant Studies


Accreditation Status

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) notified The University of Toledo in October 2017 that its accreditation for the Physician Assistant training program was being withdrawn.

We are appealing this decision and during this process, our program remains on Accreditation-Probation status. Our top priority is to provide our students with a high-quality education and help them complete the program. We will continue to provide updates on this dedicated webpage throughout the process as new information is available.

See the ARC-PA Letter View Timeline of Events

Status during Appeal: 

At its March 2017 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) placed the University of Toledo Physician Assistant program sponsored by University of Toledo 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manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.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).

What We’re Doing About It

We are appealing the ARC-PA’s recommendation to withdraw accreditation. While we disagree with many points, we see this as an opportunity to improve our Program for the benefit of our students. 

See UT's appeal

With the focus of senior leadership and a committed team of multidisciplinary professionals, we are actively working to address the two overarching issues identified by ARC-PA, leadership and curriculum, through the following actions: 

Action Plan Summary:
  1. Strong new Program leadership positioned to spearhead restoration
  2. Actively seeking additional faculty to enhance quality of education
  3. Reviewing all course plans and syllabi with support from Provost’s office to ensure they are in alignment with the requirements established by ARC-PA
  1. Ensuring ARC-PA report concerns are being addressed point-by-point
  2. Contesting ARC-PA’s decision to revoke accreditation

Frequently asked questions

What does this mean for students?

Students in the Class of 2017 will graduate in December from an accredited program. Our priority is to provide a high-quality education to our students, and we are committed to helping them complete the program. If our final appeal is unsuccessful, the University will submit a teach-out program to ARC-PA to allow us to finish teaching our current students through graduation. ARC-PA will not address a "teach out" plan until the appeal process is complete.

Will students be able to sit for their board exam, the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE)?

We have assurance from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) that PA program graduates will be eligible to sit for the PANCE exam as the PA program was accredited at the time of the students' matriculation into the program.

Upon graduation and successful completion of the PANCE, will students be able to get licensure in all 50 states?

While PA licensure varies by individual state medical boards, the PA program will work with students regarding this issue.

Will students be able to complete the program? What about a "teach out" plan? 

We will not know until the appeal process is completed. We are in communication with ARC-PA about plans to teach-out our current students in the unfortunate event that our appeal is unsuccessful. We will continue to provide updates throughout the process.

Can I apply to the program?

As we go through the appeal process, the Program is not accepting applications.

Weekly Discussion Forum

We are committed to keeping our PA students and faculty updated throughout this process. This includes weekly student discussion forums with PA Program leadership and faculty on Mondays.

Students and faculty will be emailed with more details.

Last Updated: 11/22/17