What is the status of the Physician Assistant (PA) program accreditation at Cuyahoga Community College?
- The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has accepted the voluntary withdrawal of the Tri-C PA Program from the ARC-PA accreditation process. The Tri-C PA Program will remain accredited on probation through Dec. 21, 2018.
- Effective Dec. 21, 2018, ARC-PA shall withdraw accreditation from the Tri-C PA Program. Tri-C can then reapply for accreditation under ARC-PA standards.
Is Tri-C accredited?
- Tri-C as a whole is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission through a different process.
What is programmatic accreditation?
- Certain programs can earn programmatic accreditation within their fields. External accreditation through industry-based accrediting agencies ensures that programs maintain quality and accurately demonstrate that quality through detailed reporting.
- In this case, programmatic accreditation also allows students to take a national certifying examination. The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants has confirmed that Tri-C students will be eligible to take the national examination.
- The College offers programs in more than 30 professionally accredited health career fields. The agreement with ARC-PA only affects the PA program at Tri-C.
What is the history of the Tri-C PA program?
- The PA program at Tri-C has a long and distinguished history in the region. It began in 1974, when it became the first accredited program in Ohio.
- The graduate-level PA program at Tri-C is a partnership between the College and Cleveland State University. Students enroll concurrently at both institutions while working toward a professional certificate and master’s degree.
- The Tri-C/CSU program has graduated 169 students in the past five years.
- The average first-time pass rate for Tri-C students taking the national certifying exam is 90 percent over the most recent five years of data, and 98 percent when considering students who took the exam more than once.
- Nearly 100 percent of PA program graduates since 2012 are employed in the field.
- Tri-C is one of only two remaining community colleges in the nation with PA programs.
How many students are in the PA program?
- Sixty students are currently in the PA program, 28 in their first year and 32 in their second year.
What will happen to the students in the program?
- Current students will be able to continue their coursework and clinical experiences at medical institutions and will be able to graduate from an accredited program.
- Tri-C students currently in the PA program will be eligible to take the national certifying exam.
- The State of Ohio has indicated that it will recommend for licensure Tri-C students who pass the national exam.
Can I apply to the program?
- Tri-C’s Physician Assistant program is not accepting new applicants.
Where can I get more information?
- Specific questions regarding the Tri-C PA Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or Dr. Vivian Yates.