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Physician Assistant Program

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the University of South Carolina Columbia School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the University of South Carolina.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class. The USC PA Program was approved by the USC Board of Trustees in December 2015 and the South Carolina Commission of Higher Education in May 2016.

Follow-up provisional visits are conducted to programs that have successfully achieved provisional accreditation. Follow-up visits must occur no sooner than four months after students have entered the clinical phase of the program and no later than six months after graduation of the first class. The ARC-PA retains the right to require an earlier follow-up provisional visit. Students entering during the provisional accreditation period are permitted to sit for the Physician Assistant Certifying Examination (PANCE). Information regarding the process can be found on the ARC-PA's website at:

Accreditation standards are available at: 4th Ed March 2016.pdf