Physician Assistant Program Accreditation

The PA program at Lake Erie College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Higher Learning Commission accreditation approval occurred in March 2014. The program has also been accredited by the Ohio Board of Regents since 2013.

At its September 2016 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) placed the Lake Erie College Physician Assistant program sponsored by Lake Erie College on Accreditation-Probation status until its next validation review in September 2018.

Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and 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manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having their accreditation withdrawn.

Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

What does this mean for the PA Program?

The Lake Erie College Physician Assistant Program remains an accredited program that continues to produce excellent outcomes. Below are some of the achievements that demonstrate the excellent outcomes for our students:

  • 100 percent pass rate on the PANCE Exam for the Class of 2016
  • 100 percent graduated on time for the Class of 2016
  • Faculty won Ohio Association of Physician Assistants 2015 Educator of the Year
  • Program won the 2015 Examsoft Higher Achievement Award
  • Current students have published in peer-reviewed journals and obtained grants

Areas that need to be addressed include demonstrating a thorough program of outcomes assessment, which is important for the program to maintain its level of success. The program’s director, faculty, and staff, as well as the College’s administration, are fully committed to the development and delivery of a thorough assessment program as a means to ensure the continued success of the PA program. We have immediately initiated an intensive plan of action to address the concerns cited in the ARC-PA report in an effort to be in full compliance with all standards prior to the next ARC-PA site visit.

Lake Erie College Physician Assistant Program remains an accredited program where students can continue to apply, matriculate, graduate, take board examinations, obtain state licensing, and practice medicine. Lake Erie College will continue to produce excellent outcomes as well as foster personal and professional excellence in all of our students.

If you have any additional questions, please contact the Program Director at paeducation@lec.edu.