Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies Receives Accreditation
Campus News

Franklin College announced its new Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) program has been granted Accreditation-Provisional status from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).  

The approval by ARC-PA was the final approval required for the PA program to enroll the first cohort of 18 students and begin classes on Jan. 7, 2019.  The Higher Learning Commission and the U.S. Department of Education previously approved the program.

“The focus of the PA program is to bring quality health care to underserved populations in Indiana,” said Thomas Meehan, Ph.D., PA-C, the program’s director.  “With 79 percent of rural counties in Indiana without a licensed PA, the program is much needed and well-positioned to meet this goal.”

“This is a very exciting moment in the college’s history,” said Lori Schroeder, Ph.D., provost and dean of the college.  “Franklin is known for its excellent preparation of students in the health and sciences professions, and the addition of this new program helps expand upon the transformational and highly personal opportunities we offer our students.” 

The college’s MSPAS program is a 25-month course of study.  Graduates are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) and become licensed as a physician assistant in any state.  Franklin College will admit a new cohort of 18 to 24 students each January.

Franklin College recently established the Franklin College Graduate Health Science Center, the new home to the college’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program and the Master of Science in Athletic Training program. Located approximately three miles from campus, the 8,327-square-foot facility is a community partnership between the college and Johnson Memorial Hospital. Having both programs housed together greatly benefits the college, providing students and faculty the ability to collaborate more easily.

The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies is made possible by a nearly $1 million grant awarded to the college in 2014 from the Lilly Endowment, as part of its Initiative to Promote Opportunities Through Educational Collaborations.  It is the second master’s program launched by the college and will build on its strong track record in science and pre-professional health programs.

Last month the college announced a $150,000 gift from Drs. Leonard and Teresa Bissonnette in support of the college’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program.

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Franklin College Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Franklin College.

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.

For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.


POSTED Oct 30, 2018