PA Program Granted Provisional Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted the Physician Assistant Studies Program at Alderson Broaddus University Provisional Accreditation.

“The 2010 ARC-PA review, report, and results are history-making for AB University,” said Dr. J. Michael Clyburn, president of AB University. “The provisional ARC-PA accreditation award signals a new chapter in the ongoing history of the visionary work initiated by Dr. Hu Myers and all who follow in his footsteps.”

The new AB University Physician Assistant Studies program will admit students beginning in May 2011. Each year’s class will be limited to 36 students for the 27-month graduate program.

“I’m thrilled that we have this opportunity with our newly developed Physician Assistant Studies Program,” expressed Ginger Boles, program director of the AB University Physician Assistant Studies Program. “We have a great history of educating a lot of wonderful PA’s and I’m looking forward to being able to do that again.”

Provisional Accreditation is an accreditation status granted by the ARC-PA for a limited, defined period of time (3 years) to a new PA program that has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the Accreditation Standards for Physician Assistant Education. Only those institutions which are actively engaged in establishing a program for the education of physician assistants (PA) are eligible for provisional accreditation.  The provisional accreditation process involves a thorough review of the planning, organization, and proposed content of a program that is in the advanced planning stages, but not yet operational.

Provisional accreditation is the only entry way for new programs into the accreditation process, and must precede the matriculation of students. Provisional Accreditation does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status.

“We would not be at this celebratory summit without the generous support of Dr. Ron Burbick, chairperson of the AB University Board of Trustees, the diligent work of PA Program faculty and former interim program director Cynthia Vincent, the exemplary leadership of Program Director Ginger Boles, and the wise counsel of ARC-PA Executive Director John McCarty,” said Dr. Clyburn.  “The authorization of a new PA Program signals an evolving ‘new day’ for AB University and all who call this grand institution ‘their school.’"

For more information about the Physician Assistant Studies Program at AB University, please call the College’s Admission Office at 1-800-263-1549 or visit