The University of Pittsburgh is an internationally recognized center for academics and research. The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation - Continued to the University of Pittsburgh Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh. Continued Accreditation is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. Continued 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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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 comprehensive review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2018. Students will be admitted to the program upon successful completion of an undergraduate degree at an accredited institution as well as meeting the program admission criteria.
Graduates of the professional program are eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) administered by the National Commission on Certification of the Physician Assistant (NCCPA). All States and the District of Columbia have legislation governing the qualifications or practice of physician assistants. All jurisdictions require physician assistants to pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination. Only those successfully completing the examination may use the credential "Physician Assistant - Certified." To remain certified, PAs must complete 100 hours of continuing medical education every 2 years. Every 10 years, they must pass a recertification examination.