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The program has been granted provisional accreditation by the ARC-PA as of September 16, 2011.  The program has also been registered by the New York State Education Department. Graduation from an accredited program is a requirement of states for licensing and healthcare systems for credentialing.

Please review the information below regarding the accrediting body and provisional accreditation.

The ARC-PA has granted Provisional Accreditation to the Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Clarkson University.

Provisional accreditation is an accreditation status. The granting of provisional accreditation indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the proposed program appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully implemented as planned. Provisional Accreditation does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. Provisional status is limited to no more than three years.

The date for the next accreditation site visit is October 2014 with the comprehensive review of the program by the ARC-PA scheduled for March 2015.

If you have questions about the accreditation process or Clarkson's status, please contact us at 315-268-7942 or

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) is the accrediting agency that protects the interests of the public and PA profession by defining the standards for PA education and evaluating PA educational programs within the territorial United States to ensure their compliance with those standards.

The ARC-PA is an independent accrediting body authorized to accredit qualified PA educational programs leading to the professional credential, Physician Assistant (PA). Accreditation is a process of quality assurance that determines whether the program meets established standards for function, structure and performance. The ARC-PA does not accredit any academic degree awarded by the sponsoring institution of the PA program. The sponsoring institution is solely responsible for determining which specific academic degree (e.g., BA, BS, MS, etc.) to award.

The ARC-PA encourages excellence in PA education through its accreditation process by establishing and maintaining standards of quality for educational programs. It awards accreditation to programs through a peer review process that includes documentation and periodic site visit evaluation to substantiate compliance with the Accreditation Standards for Physician Assistant Education. The accreditation process is designed to encourage sound educational practices and innovation by programs and to stimulate continuous self-study and improvement.

In addition to establishing educational standards and fostering excellence in PA programs, the ARC-PA provides information and guidance to individuals and organizations regarding PA program accreditation.