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What makes a successful online student? 

It is vital that students assess their skills and readiness for online learning as the format is not suited for all learners. As you consider your interest in the PAS-Hybrid offering, take a moment to review the following characteristics of successful online learners. Individuals who possess 75% or more of these qualities are likely to succeed with the PAS-Hybrid program:

  • Strong organizational skills
  • Good time management
  • Self-driven learner
  • Ability to work independently and within small groups
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Comfortable with online technology
  • Goal-oriented
  • Comfortable in a “virtual environment”
  • Persistent even when confronted with obstacles
  • Good problem-solving abilities

How well do you fit the criteria?


The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the University of Pittsburgh Physician Assistant Studies Hybrid Program sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh. Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class. The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at