April 20, 2007
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Physician Assistant Studies hosts accreditation site visit

As part of the Physician Assistant Studies Program’s accreditation process, members of the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) will be on campus for a site visit April 19 and 20. While here, the ARC-PA visitors will review every aspect of the program’s operation. They’ll make sure the program meets their set of national standards by talking with students and faculty, touring the facilities and reviewing documents such as course material and policies. Hank Lemke, MMS, PA-C, program director, says the site visit is a great opportunity to highlight the program’s strengths. He says our faculty’s dedication to the students and the high quality of our students will stand out during the visit.

This is the second phase of the accreditation process. In February, the PA program submitted its accreditation application and self-study report, a total of about 250 pages.  After the site visit, the ARC-PA visitors will put together a report on their findings and give the PA program a chance to address or clarify anything in the report. The report will then go to the commission, and they’ll decide on the accreditation term in September.

It’s a long process, but an important one. Without accreditation, our students would not be able to become licensed physician assistants. The program was accredited for three years in 2000 and five years in 2003. This time around, Lemke’s goal is to have the program accredited for seven years, the maximum term allowed by the ARC-PA. UNT HSC Logo


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