Buies Creek, N.C.—The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted provisional accreditationto the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Campbell University.
“I applaud the work of our PA Program faculty and staff for their efforts with the accreditation process,” said Ronald Maddox, PharmD, vice president of Health Programs at Campbell University. “We look forward to continuing the tradition of training highly qualified health care professionals at Campbell University.”
Classes for the 28-month program will start this August. There are 32 seats available for the first class.
“I was extremely delighted to receive the ARC-PA letter granting our program provisional accreditation. My faculty and staff worked diligently preparing for this outcome,” said Tom Colletti, MPAS, PA-C, director of the PA Program at Campbell.
Over the past 10 months the program has received a strong pool of candidates, with almost nine times the amount of applications for the number of seats available.
“We can now proceed with matriculating our first class and training physician assistants to provide much needed primary care services for our communities.” said Colletti, who joined Campbell in August 2009. He also served as an assistant director of the Methodist University PA program and academic coordinator of the Duke University PA program.
Provisional accreditation is an accreditation status. The granting of provisional accreditation indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the proposed program appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully implemented as planned. Provisional Accreditation does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. Provisional status is limited to no more than three years for any program.
The date for the next comprehensive review of the program by the ARC-PA will be scheduled to occur no earlier than four months after students have entered the clinical phase of the professional program and no later than 6 months after graduation of the first class.
For more information about the PA Program at Campbell University, please call the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences’ admissions office at 1-800-760-9734 ext. 1690 or visit www.campbell.edu/paprogram
About Campbell University’s College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences: Campbell University began addressing health care issues in 1985 with the establishment of the nationally acclaimed School of Pharmacy, which was the first new pharmacy program founded in the United States in more than 35 years. In addition to offering the doctor of pharmacy program, the school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Clinical Research and Pharmaceutical Sciences. In 2009, the institution’s name was formally changed to the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences to provide additional health science programs, including the new Physician Assistant Program starting classes in August 2011.