Accreditation Status

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

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

Provisional accreditation is an accreditation status. The granting of provisional accreditation indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the proposed program appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully implemented as planned. Provisional Accreditation does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. Provisional status is limited to no more than three years for any program.

The date for the next comprehensive review of the program by the ARC-PA will be scheduled to occur no earlier than four months after students have entered the clinical phase of the professional program and no later than 6 months after graduation of the first class.

Note: Provisional Accreditation is the initial status given to all newly ARC-PA accredited programs.

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.

Initial Provisional Accreditation visits are conducted during the calendar year prior to enrollment of the charter class of students. Based on the accreditation application and descriptive report, the report of the site visit team, and the evaluation of these by the ARC-PA, the ARC-PA will determine whether or not to award Provisional Accreditation. Provisional Accreditation does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. Follow-up provisional visits are conducted to programs that have successfully achieved provisional accreditation. Follow-up visits must occur no sooner than four months after students have entered the clinical phase of the program and no later than six months after graduation of the first class, and the ARC-PA retains the right to require an earlier follow-up provisional visit. Programs that successfully achieve accreditation after their follow-up provisional visit will have a maximum interval before their next comprehensive visits of 5 years. Failure of a provisionally accredited program to achieve accreditation within the specified time will result in withdrawal of accreditation.

About the ARC-PA:

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) is the accrediting agency that protects the interests of the public and PA profession by defining the standards for PA education and evaluating PA educational programs within the territorial United States to ensure their compliance with those standards. The ARC-PA encourages excellence in PA education through its accreditation process, by establishing and maintaining minimum standards of quality for educational programs. It awards accreditation to programs through a peer review process that includes documentation and periodic site visit evaluation to substantiate compliance with the Accreditation Standards for Physician Assistant Education. The accreditation process is designed to encourage sound educational experimentation and innovation and to stimulate continuous self-study and improvement. These Standards are to be used for the development, evaluation, and self-analysis of physician assistant programs.

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.