Published on April 12, 2019 by Catie Bell  
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Samford University’s School of Health Professions has received provisional accreditation for its Physician Assistant Studies program from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

 One of the School of Health Professions' newest programs, it will offer students a personalized education experience with a low student-to-faculty ratio in both classroom and clinical settings. Students will be able to complete the program within 27 months of enrollment and sit for national and state certification and licensure exams.

 “This is great news for the program as it demonstrates the dedication and hard work of our faculty and staff on behalf of our students,” said Alan Jung, School of Health Professions dean. “It is quite an accomplishment and further allows us to serve, and prepare students to serve, many people.”

 The first cohort of Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies students are set to begin in August 2019.

 “We are excited to have this fundamental step taken in our program,” said Paul Harrelson, assistant professor, and program director. “Our curriculum is distinct in providing students with comprehensive medical knowledge and skills to prepare them to be practice-ready. With this provisional accreditation, we are excited and prepared for what is to come.”


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.