Accreditation & Partnerships
ARC-PA has accepted the voluntary withdrawal of the Tri-C PA Program from the ARC-PA accreditation process. Effective December 21, 2018, ARC-PA shall withdraw accreditation from the Tri-C PA Program. Subject to fulfillment of various obligations, the Tri-C PA Program will remain accredited on probation through December 21, 2018. The Tri-C PA Program will not accept any new students for enrollment. Specific questions regarding the Tri-C PA Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or Dr. Vivian Yates.
For more information regarding ARC-PA, see the student FAQs on the ARC-PA website.
For more information regarding Tri-C’s accreditation status, see the FAQs.
National Commission on Certification for Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is the only credentialing organization for Physician Assistants in the United States. Established as a not-for-profit organization in 1975, NCCPA is dedicated to assuring the public that certified Physician Assistants meet established standards of knowledge and clinical skills upon entry into practice and throughout their careers. Every U.S. state, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories have decided to rely on NCCPA certification as one of the criteria for licensure or regulation of physician assistants. Approximately 100,000 Physician Assistants have been certified by NCCPA. For more information on the NCCPA please visit the website available through the following link: www.nccpa.net
PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT NATIONAL CERTIFICATION EXAM (PANCE)
To attain the PA-C designation, you must pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). PANCE is a computerized, multiple-choice test that comprises 360 questions that assess basic medical and surgical knowledge. In order to take the PANCE, you must graduate from a program accredited by the ARC-PA as a Physician Assistant Program or a Surgeon Assistant Program. PA program graduates will be deemed to have graduated from an accredited program if their PA educational program was accredited at the time of their matriculation (entry into the program).