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Accreditation Status

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Physician Assistant Studies Program received Accreditation-Provisional status from ARC-PA in September 2013, admitted the first class in January 2014 and graduated its first cohort in December 2015. In July 2016, the program was relocated to the College of Medicine to better align institutional resources with the program’s mission and goals. To build a strong foundation in leadership, Stephanie Storgion, MD was appointed the new chair of the PA program in June 2016, and Kristopher Maday, MS, PA-C became the new program director in January 2017. We now have stable leadership and a stable core of faculty for the program.  Our second cohort of students achieved a 100% first-time pass rate on the PANCE and we are confident that this is a predictor of future success for our students. These changes should move the program in a strong positive direction to be the leader in PA education in the state of Tennessee.

In October 2016, the program had a full accreditation site visit.  During the preparation for this visit, only one cohort had graduated and the second cohort was in the middle of the clinical year.  As a result of this site visit, ARC-PA placed the program on Accreditation-Probation status. As a condition of probation status, the university is required to provide the following statement:

At its January 2017 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) placed The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Physician Assistant program sponsored by The University of Tennessee Health Science Center on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in March 2019. 

Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and 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manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.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). 

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Physician Assistant Studies program is committed to achieving full accreditation status in March of 2019 and has already begun preparing for this review.  This current accreditation status has no negative impact on the ability for the program to accept students or for the current students to be eligible to sit for the PANCE, or limit in any way graduates’ ability to practice in the future.

NCCPA PANCE outcomes for graduated students can be found here.

Last Published: Aug 28, 2017