Accreditation for Physician Assistant

The Duquesne University Physician Assistant Studies Program was the first program in the nation to offer a five-year entry-level Master's degree program leading to a Master's in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree. Initially accredited in October 1993 by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP), the PA Program received initial accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) in 1999.

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Duquesne University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Duquesne University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2022. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The program's accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at: