At its September 2015 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) placed the Ohio Dominican University Physician Assistant program sponsored by Ohio Dominican University on Accreditation-Probation status until its next validation review in 2017.
Probation is a temporary status of accreditation conferred when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.
Once placed on probation, programs that still fail to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk of having their accreditation withdrawn. Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed for the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional officials(s).
What does this mean for Ohio Dominican's Program?
The program remains accredited and Ohio Dominican University is committed to maintaining a program of the highest quality and standards with our graduates. Our inaugural class of graduates achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the PANCE Exam, and 100 percent of those alumni are working in the profession.
The two-year probation is a temporary standing within accreditation. Although the program is on temporary probation, we have already begun our work to address the concerns cited in the ARC-PA report. Ohio Dominican's Physician Assistant Studies Program is still an accredited program that is producing outstanding results.
Program Director Shonna Riedlinger is overseeing the development of a comprehensive action plan designed to bring the program into full compliance with accreditation standards. Furthermore, the ODU PA faculty and staff team continue to work diligently in maintaining a robust and successful program that addresses a changing health care environment.