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New IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences physician assistant program receives provisional accreditation


September 17, 2012

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  • Rich Schneider
    IU Communications
  • Joshua Morrison
    IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Services

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The Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is pleased to announce that the newly developed professional Master of Physician Assistant Studies program has been granted provisional accreditation by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, or ARC-PA.

The 27-month program will train physician assistant graduates to be health care professionals who are authorized by the state to practice medicine as part of a team with physicians. The program offers students a balanced education in both classroom and clinical experiences and a curriculum delivery model that maximizes rural and urban training opportunities in Indiana and beyond. In order to meet the learning needs of students and have access to clinical rotation sites, the program has established collaborative arrangements with internal and external parties including IU Health System, St. Vincent Health Systems, Indiana Area Health Education Center and the IU School of Medicine.

ARC-PA is the accrediting agency that “protects the interests of the public and physician assistant profession by defining the standards for physician assistant education and evaluating physician assistant educational programs within the territorial United States to ensure their compliance with those standards.”

The accreditation process involves extensive review of the comprehensive self-study report prepared by faculty and a site visit by ARC-PA appointed evaluation team. Provisional accreditation is required before students can be admitted to the program. A follow-up visit to determine continued accreditation will take place in 2015. The IU Board of Trustees approved the PA program in June 2010, followed by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education in September 2011.

The PA program is now accepting application for admissions. Deadline for submission of completed application is Oct. 15. The first cohort of 44 students will enroll in May 2013. For more information, contact Joshua Morrison, director of student enrollment services, at 317-274-7238 or