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Accreditation Info

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), at its April 2019 meeting, placed the University of Dayton Master of Physician Assistant Practice program sponsored by University of Dayton on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in March 2021.

Probation accreditation is a temporary status of accreditation, up to two years, granted when a program holding an accreditation status of Accreditation - Provisional or Accreditation - Continued does not meet the Standards or when 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manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having its accreditation withdrawn.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's faculty and staff, School of Education and Health Sciences, and University of Dayton administrations are fully supportive of and committed to the success of the Master of Physician Assistant Practice program.

The University's Physician Assistant program remains accredited and graduates will be eligible to sit for board exams and become certified as physician assistants.


The Master of Physician Assistant Practice program within the University of Dayton Department of Physician Assistant Education remains an accredited program that continues to produce highly qualified students and graduates.

Yes. Programs on probation remain accredited. All graduates will be eligible to take the PANCE upon completion of the program.

Program issues cited in the extension of probationary status include: (i) need for greater institutional support for acquisition of clinical rotation sites and assessment systems, (ii) need for greater availability of specific clinical sites (e.g., women’s health, pediatrics), and (iii) need for improved articulation of clinical rotation learning outcomes. University administrators are working together and with outside consultants to address these issues.

The University is required to submit three reports to the commission, followed by a site visit by the commission in Fall 2020. The probationary accreditation status is in effect through March 2021.

The University of Dayton Master of Physician Assistant Practice program will remain on probation until the ARC-PA Commission review in March 2021.

As early as April 2021.


Physician Assistant Education

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300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2958