The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted full accreditation to the physician assistant (PA) graduate program at MBU, allowing MBU to reach more students and bringing all the founding graduate programs of study (occupational therapy, physical therapy, and now PA) in its college of health sciences to full accreditation.
ARC-PA commissioners reached a consensus on accreditation-continued status for Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences at their March meeting. The PA program will be reviewed again in 10 years, which is the maximum time an institution can go before a review. Faculty and staff began the process of applying for continuing accreditation about a year ago and hosted ARC-PA representatives for a site visit last November.
“The important thing to realize is that this is the cumulation of a long process that came from teamwork,” said Harold Felton, PA program director. “Without my team and also student support, this would not have happened. That’s the biggest take-away for me.”