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Students in the Physician Assistant Program at Penn State College of Medicine take part in the White Coat Ceremony in 2016, during which the students receive their white coats signifying the start of their training. Three female students are seen in the foreground, reading from the event program, with a male and female student visible in the background.

Physician Assistant (PA) Program

PA Program Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation - Continued status to the Penn State College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program sponsored by The Pennsylvania State University.

Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by ARC-PA will be September 2027. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.


The following is the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination results for the Penn State College of Medicine. If you'd like to view the information in PDF form, you can download the program's 2019 performance data or the five-year first-time taker summary.

First-Time Takers

2019 Overview

2019 Details

2018 Overview

2018 Details

2017 Overview

If you'd like to view the information in PDF form, you can download the program's 2017 performance data.

2017 Details

2016 Overview

2016 Details

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