Physician assistant program at GFU granted provisional accreditation
The physician assistant program at George Fox University has been granted "accreditation-provisional status" by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistants (ARC-PA).
The status is granted to programs that have not yet enrolled students but appear to demonstrate the ability to meet ARC-PA standards. It also is granted when a program substantiates continued progress in complying with ARC-PA standards as it prepares for the graduation of its first class of students.
Provisional status does not ensure any subsequent accreditation and is limited to no more than five years from when the first students enrolled in the program. George Fox will launch its PA program in January 2021. It is the latest addition to the university's growing list of degrees with a health care focus.
"It is our deepest desire to prepare excellent professionals who will serve our communities," GFU President Robin Baker said.
The program will be housed in a new 43,000-square-foot, three-story building on Werth Boulevard in Newberg, near Providence Newberg Medical Center. The building, tentatively scheduled to open in May, also will house the university's doctor of physical therapy program.
Physician assistant students will attend classes full time and work with outside clinics as part of their training. George Fox will be one of three universities in Oregon to offer such a program.
"The physician assistant program is the next step to becoming the Christian university of choice for health care education in the Northwest," Baker said.
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