USF Physician Assistant program earns re-accreditation until 2016

The University of St. Francis has earned continued accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc., (ARC-PA) for its Physician Assistant program located in Albuquerque, N.M.

The ARC-PA has granted Continued Accreditation to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the University of St. Francis. Continued Accreditation is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Continued 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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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 comprehensive review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2016.

“The accreditation commission has reaffirmed what we already know about our program,” Provost Frank Pascoe said. “It is an excellent program with high academic quality and a mission to provide value-based healthcare professionals for the underserved.”

ARC-PA is an independent accrediting body working to assure the quality of Physician Assistant programs based on established standards of function, structure and performance.

The university’s program was shepherded through the accreditation process by Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Bob Kase and Program Director Laura Grimes with the support of the program’s faculty and staff.

The University of St. Francis in Joliet serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering 40 undergraduate programs, four degree-completion programs and 15 graduate programs, including two doctoral programs. Programs are offered in arts and science, business, education, nursing and health care and social work. For information, call (800) 735-7500 or visit