The University of Bridgeport has received Provisional Accreditation by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). This status was granted after an exhaustive review of University sponsorship, Institute processes, faculty and administrative credentials also didactic and clinical curriculum components. The first cohort of students began classes in January 2011.
Accreditation is required in order for graduates to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE). This credential is required for state licensure. Those students completing studies in a provisionally accredited program are eligible to sit for the examination.
Provisional Accreditation is an accreditation status granted by ARC-PA for a limited, defined period of time to a new PA program that has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the Accreditation Standards for Physician Assistant Education.