Seventeen New PA Programs for 2023

There are now 300 PA Programs!

Seventeen new PA programs are now accredited by ARC-PA and are accepting applications. This brings the total number of programs in our database to exactly 300. The 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.

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.

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Not all data is available or applicable for every program. While we review and update each program’s information annually, there may be errors and schools may make changes at any time. PreHealthAdmit is not affiliated with any school or application service.

4 thoughts on “Seventeen New PA Programs for 2023”

  1. Amanda Valdivia

    Is there any status update regarding accreditation for Touro University California Los Angeles? Thank you.

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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.
  • Check one or more boxes within each group of fields to narrow the search results down.
  • Select every checkbox up to and including your target requirement. For example, if you have one semester of chemistry, check “None” also to make sure you don’t exclude those programs with no requirement.
  • The search criteria are only applied to programs that have that specific requirement. For example, if a program has a requirement for “1 semester of chemistry required and a lab is recommended”, this school will satisfy the “1 semester required” option.
  • Some programs have requirements for any combination of courses of one type, for example “2 total courses of any chemistry subject”. For the purposes of this search, that would not be treated as a requirement, but you’ll need to be aware that you need to closely look at each program’s detailed requirements.
  • Use the Add/Remove buttons to fine-tune your list of programs.

Instructions and Tips

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.
  • The tuition search uses our estimate of total cost of attendance for non-residents including tuition, fees and living expenses.
  • You’ll probably want to start with more boxes checked and start with a short list of results. Uncheck boxes to expand the list.
  • Use the Add/Remove buttons to fine-tune your list of programs.


An example of how to maximize the effectiveness of your search: let’s say you don’t want to take any standardized tests:

  • Check every box under Test(s) Required that does not have “required” in it. for example “None”, “GRE Recommended”, “PA-CAT Recommended”, etc.
  • Leave blank any box that has a “required” test, such as “GRE Required”, “PA-CAT Required”, “GRE Required and PA-CAT Recommended”, etc.

This will make sure you only filter for programs that have no requirement for a standardized test.