Physician Assistant Studies

Accreditation Status

 

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) recently reviewed the physician assistant programs report dated January 24, 2017.

Accreditation Action:

The University of Toledo Physician Assistant Program has been placed on Accreditation-Probation status by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The basis for the decision was the information contained in the program’s report as well as its accreditation history.

Please note that at this point, the program is approved to continue to admit and accept up to 40 students per class.

 Probation is a temporary status of accreditation - limited to two years - conferred when a program holding an accreditation status of accreditation-provisional or accreditation-continued does not meet the Standards and 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comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, risks having its accreditation withdrawn.

 To communicate the program’s accreditation status in all printed and electronic media, the program and institution must use the following statement exactly as it is written:

 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manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.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).

 The Physician Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission of Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The next on-site re-accreditation visit will be June 19-20, 2017. The program will still have its validation review at the September 2017 commission meeting, with the site visit and submission of the application occurring as previously scheduled. In addition, a focused probation site visit will need to occur in advance of the March 2019 commission meeting. Only graduates of accredited PA programs are eligible to take the national certifying examination offered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). This visit will evaluate the program and institutional progress in addressing specific Standards related problem(s) identified during the course of the most recent commission review of the program. The ARC-PA retains the right to meet with faculty and students or pursue other issues that may surface during the course of the visit that are relevant to the stability of the program. Details about requirements for the focused visit are conveyed to the program in writing prior to the visit and in the attached Citations document.

 During review of the submitted report, the commission determined that program responses to two of the areas of noncompliance with the Standards were inadequate, and cited two additional areas of noncompliance, resulting in four (4) citations. The attached citations document includes information on reports due to the ARC-PA. If an appeal is not initiated, the program should respond to the citations as directed in the document. If an appeal is initiated, the program will receive a revised or affirmed citations document at the end of the appeal process with information regarding reports due to the ARC-PA.

Citation(s):  Based on information contained in the program application and all appendices submitted to the ARC-PA, the report of the site visit team, the program response and the program accreditation history, the program has not demonstrated compliance with the following Standard(s):

1.  Standard A1.08 - The sponsoring institution must provide the program with the human resources necessary to operate the educational program and to fulfill obligations to matriculating and enrolled students.  ANNOTATION:  Human resources include the faculty and staff needed on a daily and ongoing basis, as well as those needed for specific program related activities such as maintaining records and processing admission applications.  They include sufficient administrative and technical support staff to support faculty in accomplishing their assigned tasks.  Student-workers may be used, but do not substitute for administrative and technical support staff. FINDINGS:  The sponsoring institution did not provide the program with the human resources necessary to operate educational program and fulfill obligations to matriculating and enrolled students.

2.  Standard A2.02 - The program must have program faculty that include the program director, principal faculty, medical director, and instructional faculty.  b)  The program must have at least three FTE principal faculty positions.  Two FTE principal faculty positions must be filled by PA faculty who currently are NCCPA-certified.  FINDINGS: The program does not have two FTE principal faculty positions filled by current NCCPA-certified PA faculty.

3.  Standard A2.09 - The program director must be knowledgeable about and responsible for program: b) administration.  FINDINGS:  The program director did not demonstrate responsibility for program administration by adhering to ARC-PA policies and following directions and guidelines provided by the ARC-PA.

4.  Standard A3.14 - The program must define, publish and make readily available to enrolled and prospective students general program information to include: b) the success of the program in achieving its goals.  ANNOTATION:  The program is expected to provide factually accurate evidence of its effectiveness in meeting its goals. Findings:  The program did not define, publish and make readily available to enrolled and prospective students, program information related to the success of the program in achieving its goals.

GENERAL COMMENTS

At the time of the program website review by the ARC-PA on January 12, 2017, the published accreditation statement did not contain the approximate date of the program’s next validation review. To be in compliance with standard A3.14a, the program must continually publish and make readily available on its website the appropriate wording for its accreditation status exactly as it is presented in this accreditation letter.

The program will still have its validation review at the September 2017 commission meeting, with the site visit and submission of the application occurring as previously scheduled. In addition, a focused probation site visit will need to occur in advance of the March 2019 commission meeting. This visit will evaluate the program and institutional progress in addressing specific Standards related problem(s) identified during the course of the most recent commission review of the program. The ARC-PA retains the right to meet with faculty and students or pursue other issues that may surface during the course of the visit that are relevant to the stability of the program. Details about requirements for the focused visit are conveyed to the program in writing prior to the visit and in the attached Citations document.

Please note that the program is approved to accept up to 40 students per class.

A program with the status of Accreditation-Probation is not eligible to request an increase in the maximum entering class size or expansion to a distant campus until it returns to an accreditation status of Accreditation-Continued. Further, it must maintain the status of Accreditation-Continued for five consecutive years before the ARC-PA will consider a request for an increase in maximum entering class size or expansion to a distant campus.

If the program wishes to appeal the ARC-PA’s decision, it must send a written Notice of Appeal to me within thirty (30) calendar days after the date of this letter. If a Notice of Appeal is not received, this decision is final and not subject to appeal. A copy of the ARC-PA Appeal Procedure is attached for your information.

If an appeal is initiated: the listing of the program on the ARC-PA website will continue to reflect the pre-adverse action accreditation status of the program, pending outcome of the appeal. The program should create its own appeal documentation as described in the attached Appeals Procedure document.

If an appeal is not initiated or if, upon appeal, the ARC-PA affirms its decision to place the program on Accreditation-Probation: a detailed description of the process used to notify students and applicants of its probationary status must be sent to the ARC-PA office within 30 calendar days. Specific language to communicate the program’s accreditation status in all printed and electronic media will be provided to the program for use. The program listing on the ARC-PA website will be revised to reflect the program’s Probationary status.


 

Last Updated: 7/31/17