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MHS in Physician Assistant Accreditation and Policies

The MHS in Physician Assistant program has been granted Accreditation-Continued status by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). In addition, you can find information about the mission, policies and certifying exam scores for the program below.


The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Quinnipiac University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at the link below:

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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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 the ARC-PA will be September 2023. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

Mission, Policies and Certifying Exam Scores

Mission, Vision, Core Values and Goals

Our vision is to create a physician assistant workforce that provides high-quality, affordable health care that is accessible to all people in all settings by fostering teamwork, critical-thinking skills, high ethical and professional standards, and respect for diverse populations.

Download our full Mission, Vision, Core Values and Goals statement (PDF)

Work Policy

Due to the labor and time intensive nature of the Physician Assistant program, students are strongly discouraged from working while enrolled in the program.

Download our full Work Policy (PDF)

Technical Standards

Physician assistant students must be able to meet the requirements and worker attributes of a physician assistant as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration’s Occupational Information Network (O*NET) Handbook. 

Download our Technical Standards (PDF)

The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants is the only certifying organization for physician assistants in the United States. 

Class graduation year Number of first-time takers Program first-time taker pass rate National first-time taker pass rate for the class graduation year
2022 51 94% 92%
2021 50 92% 93%
2020 49 96% 95%
2019 49 98% 93%
2018 54 100% 98%

Five-year, first-time taker average pass rate for program: 96%

Five-year, national first-time taker average: 94%

Download Quinnipiac's PANCE scores (PDF)

For additional information, please visit the Quinnipiac University Academic 2022–23 Catalog.