The Carroll University Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program has been granted Provisional Accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) after the September 2010 meeting.* The Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Schools and College (HLC/NCA) has granted Carroll University approval to award the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.
*The ARC-PA grants provisional accreditation to new Physician Assistant programs who have demonstrated preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the Standards. "Follow-up provisional visits are conducted to programs that have successfully achieved provisional accreditation. Follow-up visits must occur no sooner than four months after students have entered the clinical phase of the program and no later than six months after graduation of the first class, and the ARC-PA retains the right to require an earlier follow-up provisional visit." Students entering during the provisional accreditation period are permitted to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE). Information regarding the process can be found on the ARC-PA's website at www.arc-pa.org.