Memphis- The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Provisional Accreditation to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Christian Brothers University (CBU), program director Dr. Mark John Scott announced today.
CBU’s Physician Assistant Program will be housed on the CBU campus and offered through a cohort-based program consisting of 110 credit hours. The curriculum will be delivered through traditional campus-based methods with clinical rotations located at sites throughout the Memphis metropolitan area. One new cohort will be accepted each year. Applications are currently being accepted for the first cohort that will begin January 2012.
“CBU is offering the first and only Physician Assistant Program in Memphis,” states Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., CBU president. “Memphis is central to this geographic region, and with its wealth of medical facilities and renowned practitioners, it’s the right location in which to develop a program. The commonality of the ideals of CBU and the PA profession make this the perfect fit.”
“Accreditation from ARC-PA allows us to move forward with the matriculation of students to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program,” Scott says. “The process of accreditation is important to assure that our program will provide students with a strong basis upon which they can prepare to serve our community as Physician Assistants. The program will prepare the students for a lifetime commitment to learning and service and as such embraces the on-going accreditation process to assure we provide our students with a robust educational experience.”
The 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. 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 for any program.
Physician Assistants are licensed to practice medicine, issue prescriptions, and practice in all medical fields including primary care, internal medicine and subspecialties, as well as surgical and emergency care. The PA’s scope of practice may also include education, research, and administrative services.