Physician Assistant Studies Program Accreditation

ARC-PA accreditation statement

At its June 2019 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) placed the MGH Institute of Health Professions Physician Assistant Program sponsored by MGH Institute of Health Professions on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in June 2021.

Probation accreditation is a temporary status of accreditation, up to two years, granted when a program holding an accreditation status of Accreditation - Provisional or Accreditation - Continued does not 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, a program that 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manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having its accreditation withdrawn. The program’s accreditation history is published on the ARC-PA’s webpage.

Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to Lisa Walker at

Additional information from the program regarding accreditation status

In higher education, the accreditation process conducted by an outside review team provides valuable feedback to ensure that continuous improvements are made to academic programs. Since 2014, the MGH Institute of Health Professions (IHP) Physician Assistant (PA) Program has been engaged in the provisional phase of the accreditation process, and we want to take this opportunity to provide an update.

The IHP PA Program was awarded provisional accreditation by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) in 2014, and the first class of 40 students entered in May 2015. The program matriculated its fifth cohort of students in May of 2019, and as of June has 139 alumni practicing in a wide variety of clinical disciplines across diverse medical and surgical settings from academic medical centers to community hospitals and rural clinics all across the U.S.

Based on the most recent review in 2019, the ARC-PA granted continuation of accreditation and placed the Program on probation for reasons stated here. The PA Program, the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and the Institute have immediately initiated a plan for addressing the issues raised by the Commission. We are confident that we will be successful in achieving full compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. This temporary probationary status confers no adverse consequences to currently enrolled, admitted, or prospective students. Throughout this process, the program maintains accreditation, which allows students to matriculate, graduate, take the PANCE, obtain state licensing, and practice medicine without hindrance or delay.

Click here to read our FAQ about the factors that led to this accreditation decision.