UE Granted Accreditation-Continued Status for Physician Assistant Program

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the University of Evansville Physician Assistant program sponsored by the University of Evansville. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2031. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-university-of-evansville/.

“Since the program’s establishment in 2016, our department faculty, administration, and staff have worked tirelessly to earn this accreditation,” said Andy Lampkins, PhD, associate chair of the Physician Assistant program. “It has been very rewarding to achieve this status, and we look forward to welcoming future generations of students to this program.”

The Physician Assistant program at UE is a seven-semester graduate program. Students receive a blend of classroom lecture and hands-on learning from faculty members who provide a wealth of knowledge as medical professionals and educators. During the final three semesters, students complete 12 months of supervised clinical experiences in a variety of medical specialties. The program is nationally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the ARC-PA.

Classes for the Physician Assistant program are held at the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences, located in downtown Evansville. This state-of-the-art facility is equipped with modern technology and offers the unique opportunities for interprofessional and real-world experiences while preparing for a medical career. The Stone Family Center, which was opened in 2018 thanks to a generous gift from Bill and Mary Stone, serves as a collaborative effort for health science education alongside Indiana University and University of Southern Indiana.

Physician assistants, or PAs, are nationally certified and state-licensed healthcare professionals who provide direct patient care across a broad range of medical services. PAs work in a wide variety of health care settings and specialties. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of PAs is projected to grow 31 percent from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. In 2019, the profession provided a median salary of $112,260. To learn more about the Physician Assistant program at UE, visit evansville.edu.

Students at the University of Evansville shape powerful and enduring change. UE is the first in Indiana to be designated as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, and its changemaking culture empowers students to improve the world around them as UE Changemakers. UE has an array of majors in business; engineering; the arts and sciences; and health science programs. UE has a diverse student body that represents 44 states and 52 countries. U.S. News & World Report recognizes UE as the #4 Best College in the Midwest among private schools. For more information, please visit evansville.edu.

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