Physician Assistant Program
Area of Study: Physician Assistant
Degree/Certificate: Post Degree Professional Certificate / Master's Degree
Contact the Financial Aid Office regarding certificate eligibility.
In 1974, the Physician Assistant (PA) program at Cuyahoga Community College was the first in the state of Ohio to earn program accreditation. In the 40+ years since its inception, the curriculum and structure of the program has evolved alongside the PA profession. The current 28-month graduate level program is the result of a partnership between Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) and Cleveland State University (CSU). Students enroll in both institutions simultaneously and take complementary courses to earn a post-degree professional certificate and a Master of Science in Health Science degree (MSHS).
During the didactic phase, the first 16-months of the program, engaged learning extends outside of the classroom into our unique mock operating room and simulation clinic rooms. During the second year, the clinical phase, students will obtain a variety of training experiences in multiple medical disciplines completing rotations at local hospitals and community healthcare clinics.
Cuyahoga Community College celebrates diversity and does not discriminate based on race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, disability or age. We are proud to offer a cost-effective opportunity to earn a highly sought after education with a promising professional career as a Physician Assistant.
PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT NATIONAL CERTIFICATION EXAM (PANCE)
Graduation from a Physician Assistant program that is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) is required prior to registering for the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE). The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) publishes first time test taker pass rates for all PA programs as well as the national pass rate for first time test takers yearly.
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 the program’s accreditation status, see the FAQs.