PHILIPPI - The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant has granted accreditation-continued status to the Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Alderson Broaddus University.
Accreditation-continued is an accreditation status for currently accredited programs.
Thomas Moore, dean and assistant professor of the College of Physican Assistant Studies, said, "We're very excited about the seven-year accreditation period because it's a record high for us." He added, "A lot of work went into re-vamping the program from three years to two years and a lot of hours. It shows success in an area that we were once lacking."
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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the standards.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 next validation review will occur in late 2020.
The program has been approved to accept a class size of 36 students.
Joan Propst, Alderson Broaddus University provost, said the the PA program had a 95% compliance rate and met all but five of the 108 standards.
She said, "It's hard work to keep these standards, because you constantly have to be vigilant of what you're doing in your program to make sure the quality of the education is secure and to make sure the quality of the student experience is