Physician Assistant Studies

Accreditation

Accreditation Update

The University of Toledo successfully appealed the withdrawal of accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) and accreditation for the Physician Assistant Studies Program will be reinstated, effective immediately.

Our accreditation status is Accreditation-Probation. During the probationary period, we will work with ARC-PA to continue demonstrating how our program meets or exceeds its standards. The success of our students is our top priority, and we are committed to providing high-quality education to students currently enrolled in our program.

The University is permitted to enroll a class of 20 students for the upcoming fall 2018 semester.

Jan. 22 Appeal Decision UT's Nov. 3 appeal Oct. 6 Notice of Adverse Action View Timeline of Events

Reports to ARC-PA:

Feb. 16, 2018 March 9, 2018

Accreditation Status: 

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manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.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


Strengthening our program

With the focus of senior leadership and a committed team of multidisciplinary professionals, we are actively working to address the issues identified by ARC-PA 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
 


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the PA program’s accreditation status?
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 does the appeal decision mean for students?
UT was successful in appealing ARC-PA’s decision to withdraw accreditation of our Physician Assistant Studies Program. The program’s accreditation has been reinstated to Accreditation-Probation, effective immediately. This is good news, particularly for our students, whose success is our top priority. As an accredited program, we will continue to provide a high-quality education to prepare our students for the practice of medicine. During the probationary period, we will continue to work toward enhancing the quality of our PA program so that it is on par with the high standards of the well-respected and valued programs at UT and in the College of Medicine and Life Sciences and is in full alignment with ARC-PA standards.

Doesn’t probationary status mean that UT could still lose accreditation?
Yes. Once placed on probation, a program that fails to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner may be at risk of having its accreditation withdrawn. During the probationary period, we will continue the ongoing efforts to enhance the quality of the program and demonstrate how our program is aligned with ARC-PA standards.

Will the PA program enroll a new class in the Fall of 2018?
Yes. The University is permitted to enroll a class of 20 students for the upcoming fall 2018 semester.

What are UT’s goals for the PA program?
Our goal is to achieve full accreditation for the program. The University is committed to providing a high-quality physician assistant education and training program. Program leaders, in collaboration with representatives from the College of Medicine and Life Sciences, College of Graduate Studies and the Provost’s Office, are working from a bold and forward-focused action plan. The plan outlines the work being done to ensure our program and processes are in alignment with the standards of ARC-PA and the work to enhance the program to the excellent level it has been historically. We will continue to provide updates on the PA program website. 

Last Updated: 3/9/18