Tri-C Physician Assistant Program Retains Accreditation
August 24, 2017
John Horton, 216-987-4281 email@example.com
Status as accredited program will continue through December 2018
Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) today announced that its Physician Assistant (PA) program will retain accreditation through December 2018 and the graduation of all current students.
The program will hold a probationary accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) during this period. The timeframe allows two classes totaling 60 students to complete their studies.
“This outcome offers our PA students the opportunity to continue a legacy of success that dates back more than four decades,” Tri-C President Alex Johnson said. “These are the caregivers of tomorrow in our community.”
The announcement follows a contested accreditation review process by ARC-PA, which moved earlier this year to withdraw accreditation from the College’s program. Tri-C appealed the decision.
An agreement between the College and organization led to probationary accreditation for the program through the end of next year. Tri-C can then reapply for accreditation in accordance with ARC-PA standards. In the meantime, no new PA students will be enrolled.
The PA program at Tri-C began in 1974, when it became the first accredited program in Ohio. It grew to a graduate-level program offered in partnership with Cleveland State University, with students enrolled at both institutions while working toward a professional certificate and master’s degree.
The Tri-C program has graduated 169 students since 2013. The average overall pass rate for Tri-C students taking the national certifying exam is 98 percent over the most recent five years of data.