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At its September 2020 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) placed the Florida State University School of Physician Assistant Practice Program sponsored by Florida State University on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in September 2022.
Probation accreditation is a temporary accreditation status initially of not less than two years. However, that period may be extended by the ARC-PA for up to an additional two years if the ARC-PA finds that the program is making substantial progress toward meeting all applicable standards but requires additional time to come into full compliance. Probation accreditation status is granted, at the sole discretion of the ARC-PA, when a program holding an accreditation status of Accreditation - Provisional or Accreditation - Continued does not, in the judgment of the ARC-PA, 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manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.
The status change was the result of the program’s inadequate response to ARC-PA Standards (5th edition) C2.01a-c and E1.03. The citations involved the lack of evidence that the program documents the evaluation process to ensure all sites and preceptors meet program-defined learning outcomes related to a) physical facilities, b) patient populations, and c) supervision.
Specific questions regarding the program and its plans should be directed to James Zedaker, Director of the FSU School of Physician Assistant Practice, and/or Alma Littles, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Academic Affairs at the FSU College of Medicine.
The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website