New Physician Assistant Programs for 2024

May 2024 Update – ARC-PA recently updated their accreditation information – there are three more schools now, bringing the total new schools to ten for 2024 (originally this post reported seven).

We’ve added ten new PA programs since last year that are now accredited by ARC-PA and are accepting applications.

Information on these programs, including links to the programs’ websites, can be found by clicking the name in the list below, or using our search function if you’ve purchased access to our PA Toolkit.

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If you are subscribed to our PA Toolkit, you can search PA programs by cost and many other criteria including other test requirements, prerequisites, and GPA.

A Bit of Background on PA Program Accreditation

Physician Assistant (PA) programs in the United States are accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). ARC-PA evaluates every aspect of a PA program, including its curriculum, faculty, facilities, and resources. Programs must meet or exceed ARC-PA’s Standards for Accreditation in order to be accredited. It is important that the program you attend is accredited by ARC-PA, both to ensure the quality of education that you will receive, but also to ensure you are able sit for the national certification exam and obtain state licensure to practice as a PA.

There are three basic accreditation levels: Continued, Provisional, and Probation. Continued means the program meets, and is expected to continue to meet, all necessary standards. Provisional is used before a program admits its first cohort of students. If the program continues to meet the necessary requirement, it will transition to Continued. Probation means the program is not currently meeting all of the necessary standards. Sometimes a program can receive both Probation and Provisional designations.

You can find more details at the ARC-PA website.

You can use our search tools to find programs for each accreditation status.

A Few PA Programs are Shutting Down

  • Alderson-Broaddus University in Philippi, WV, ceased operation August 2023. We have removed this program from our database.
  • Cal State Monterey Bay is in the process of shutting down its PA program. Effective May 31, 2024, ARC-PA shall withdraw accreditation from the California State University, Monterey Bay PA Program. The Program will remain accredited on probation through May 31, 2024. The California State University Monterey Bay PA Program is not accepting any new students for enrollment and is in the process of transferring the current class of 2025 to other programs.
  • Christian Brothers PA Program in Memphis, TN, is no longer accepting students and is expected to shut down permanently after the current cohort of students completes the program. According to the Christian Brothers website, ARC-PA has accepted the voluntary withdrawal of the Christian Brothers PA Program from the ARC-PA accreditation process. Effective August 31, 2025, ARC- PA shall withdraw accreditation from the Christian Brothers PA Program. Subject to fulfillment of various obligations, the Christian Brothers PA Program will remain accredited on probation through August 31, 2025. The Christian Brothers PA Program will not accept any new students for enrollment. Specific questions regarding the Christian Brothers PA Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director.

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Use this page to search for programs based on prerequisites.

Here’s some tips:

  • After searching, make sure you also review the detailed notes, recommendations and requirements on the school detail page and/or the compare prerequisite page.
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Use this page to search for programs based on general criteria.

Here’s some tips:

  • Check one or more boxes within each group of fields to narrow the search results down.
  • For certain numerical searches (such as Minimum GPA), if the program does not have a minimum, it is considered a zero. Make sure you include zero in your range of values so that they show up in your search.
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  • You’ll probably want to start with more boxes checked and start with a short list of results. Uncheck boxes to expand the list.
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  • Check every box under Test(s) Required that does not have “required” in it. for example “None”, “GRE Recommended”, “PA-CAT Recommended”, etc.
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This will make sure you only filter for programs that have no requirement for a standardized test.