Accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Duke 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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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 the ARC-PA will be March 2018. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

We recognize our responsibility to the public and to potential and enrolled students to clearly state our goals for outcomes. Data from the last five years is provided below (2012-2016).

1. Maintain a level of PANCE pass rates above the national average.
The Duke PA Program consistently has a PANCE pass rate above the national average.

Duke PANCE Pass Rate Summary Report 2017
 

2. Maintain a 98% or better graduation rate for entering Duke PA Program students.*
In the past 5 years, 1% of all matriculants have not graduated.
* Attrition may be due to student withdrawal or dismissal

3. Deceleration rates for Duke PA Program students will be 2% or less.
In the past five years, 1% of Duke PA students have been decelerated, meaning that they have graduated with a later class than that in which they were originally enrolled.

4. The employment rate for Duke PA Program graduates will be 95% at six months after program completion. 
As of March 2017, 97% of Duke PA graduates who completed the program in August 2016 are employed as PAs.