Aug 5, 2013
 

Physician Assistant studies program granted continued accreditation

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued to the University of South Dakota Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the University of South Dakota. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.
 

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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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 approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2020. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Standards and ARC-PA policy.

“We are extremely proud of the students, faculty, and staff of the Physician Assistant Studies Program for their commitment to excellence in health care for the people of South Dakota,” said Michael Lawler, Ph.D., M.S.W., dean of USD’s School of Health Sciences.

ARC-PA, the organization that defines standards for PA education and evaluates PA educational programs within the territorial United States, noted the program’s “commitment and dedication to quality PA education” in its accreditation notification letter.

This news arrives on the heels of a strong year for USD’s Physician Assistant program, which was approved for a class size expansion (from 20 students to 25) by the South Dakota Board of Regents in 2012.

“The outlook for PA’s in South Dakota is positive,” said Wade Nilson, M.S., B.S., director of USD’s Physician Assistant Program. “As a nation and state we are faced with a primary care shortage. PA-physician teams are ideally suited to provide comprehensive, patient-centered, coordinated, accessible and ongoing care.”

For more information about the program, please visit www.usd.edu/pa.

About the School of Health Sciences

USD’s School of Health Sciences has nine programs offering bachelor of science degrees in alcohol and drug studies, dental hygiene, health sciences, medical laboratory science, nursing, and social work; an associate of science degree in nursing; master of science degrees in occupational therapy and physician assistant studies; master of social work; master of arts in addiction studies; and a doctorate of physical therapy degree. For more information about USD’s School of Health Sciences, please visit www.usd.edu/health/ or call (605) 677-5000.

 
About The University of South Dakota
 
Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, the state's only School of Law, School of Medicine, the accredited Beacom School of Business and the College of Fine Arts. USD has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students taught by more than 400 faculty members. More information is available at www.usd.edu/press/news.

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