​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​At its March 2014 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) voted to place the Central Michigan University on Accreditation-Probation until its focused visit review in March 2016.  Probation is a temporary status of accreditation limited to two years and conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of a program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.  Once placed on probation, a program that still fails 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manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.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 PA Program Director ( and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

Is the CMU PA program still accredited?  Yes.

Will the student selection and offer process change?  No, the admissions policy to fill the new incoming class of 2018 will continue as in the past.

If I am accepted as a PA student for the incoming class and have submitted my security deposit, what happens if the PA program loses its accreditation?  We remain fully confident that the program will receive continued accreditation.  In the remote chance this does not happen, your security deposit would be returned.

If continued accreditation is not earned, will current students be able to finish their studies, take the boards, and become licensed?  Yes, absolutely.

​When will the PA program learn of the ARC-PA's decision?  This is up to the ARC-PA, but a decision will be made at the Commission's March 2016 meeting and we expect to be notified in late March 2016.