At its March 2020 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) placed the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the University of North Carolina on Accreditation- Probation status until its next review in March 2022.

Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards or when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.

Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.

Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

Additional Information from the Program Regarding Accreditation Status

Based on the most recent review in 2020, the ARC-PA placed the Program on accreditation probation status. The reasons for this status pertain to administrative and assessment standards. The Program and University administration have immediately initiated an intensive plan of action for addressing the concerns raised by the ARC-PA, and we are implementing corrective measures.  We are confident that we will be successful in achieving full compliance with the accreditation standards.

We would like to reassure our students the program maintains accreditation, which allows students to:

  • apply for admission to the program
  • progress to program completion
  • sit for board examination (PANCE)
  • obtain state licensing

Additional questions may be directed to paprogram@unc.edu

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-university-of-nc-chapel-hill/.