Accreditation Status

West Liberty University Physician Assistant Program received its Provisional Accreditation effective 16 September, 2011.

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the  Physician Assistant Program sponsored by West Liberty University.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

In order for graduates to be eligible to sit for the national board exam (PANCE), they must have successfully completed a course of study from a program that is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Provisional Accreditation is the status of accreditation granted for a limited, defined period (three years) to a new program that, at the time of the comprehensive review that includes the site visit, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the Standards.

West Liberty University was granted approval to offer a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies by The Higher Learning Commission on March 28, 2012.

West Liberty University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. The next accreditation review is in 2018.