The Missouri State University (MSU) Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Department underwent a comprehensive reaccreditation evaluation by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) November 2020. The comprehensive evaluation consisted of a reaccreditation application, self-study report, and a site evaluation. This occurred while the department was also navigating the impact of COVID-19 on didactic and clinical instruction, along with two retirements. Despite all these challenges, the program was granted Accreditation-Continued by ARC-PA. The date for the next validation review by ARC-PA will be March 2031, which is the maximum length of time between comprehensive evaluations. Please visit Accreditation – Physician Assistant Studies Department – Missouri State University for a complete description of the program’s accreditation status by ARC-PA.
This successful outcome reflects the support of MSU to the PA Studies Department, and the commitment of faculty and staff to students. This is also a reflection of our partnering hospitals and clinics commitment to help train future PA primary care providers and the dedication of clinical preceptors who voluntarily give their time to help train MSU PA students. The program’s success is truly a reflection of so many coming together to help address the healthcare needs of patients everywhere.