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.

At its September 2018 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant Inc. (ARC-PA) extended Accreditation-Probation status for the Duquesne University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Duquesne University until its next review in September 2020.

Accreditation - Probation Accreditation - Probation accreditation is a temporary status of accreditation, up to two years, granted when a program holding an accreditation status of Accreditation - Provisional or Accreditation - Continued does not meet the Standards or when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened. 

Once placed on probation, a program that fails to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having its accreditation withdrawn.

Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans may be accessed by clicking on this link. If you have further questions, please direct them to the Program Director/Department Chair, Dr. Bridget C. Calhoun 412-396-5914 or and/or Dean, Fevzi Akinci 412-396-5303 or

Please be advised that the Duquesne University Physician Assistant Studies program is doing everything in its power to rectify its non-compliance issue related to student enrollment numbers and return to good standing with the ARC-PA in a timely manner.

This accreditation status has no negative impact on the ability of the current students to become eligible for their national boards or limit in any way their ability to practice in the future.

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