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At its 2023 meeting, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) placed the Wayne State University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Wayne State University on Accreditation-Probation status until its next review in 2025M.

Probation accreditation is a temporary accreditation status initially of not less than two years. However, that period may be extended by the ARC-PA for up to an additional two years if the ARC-PA finds that the program is making substantial progress toward meeting all applicable standards but requires additional time to come into full compliance.

Probation accreditation status is granted, at the sole discretion of the ARC-PA, when a program holding an accreditation status of Accreditation-Provisional or Accreditation-Continued does not, in the judgment of the ARC-PA, meet the Standards or when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened.

Once placed on probation, a program that fails to comply with accreditation requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and is subject to having its accreditation withdrawn.

Specific questions regarding the Program and its plans should be directed to the Program Director and/or the appropriate institutional official(s).

The program's accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)
3325 Paddocks Parkway, Suite 345
Suwanee, Georgia, 30024
FAX: 470-253-8271

The ARC-PA only investigates concerns about a program if they are signed, received in writing, and related to the program's compliance with the Standards. Concerns may be sent by mail to the attention of the Executive Director, ARC-PA at 3325 Paddocks Parkway, Suite 345, Suwanee, Georgia 30024. You may also contact the Executive Director by email as well.

Professional Licensure Notification

States and the District of Columbia may require completion of specific educational requirements to become licensed and/or certified as a Physician Assistant (PA-C). These requirements may differ depending on the jurisdiction.

Federal regulations require an educational program that is designed to satisfy the educational requirements for a specific professional license or certification to make available to prospective and enrolled students information to help the student determine if the program's curriculum satisfies the educational requirements for State licensure. The required information for the [name of program] as it pertains to the States and the District of Columbia ("U.S. jurisdictions") is provided below.

The University has determined that the curriculum of the program leading to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Wayne State University meets the educational requirements for licensure in all U.S. jurisdictions.

Wayne State University Physician Assistant Studies Program Attrition Rate

  Graduated classes
  Class of 2021 Class of 2022 Class of 2023
Maximum entering class size (as approved by ARC-PA) 50 50 50
Entering class size 50 49 50
Graduates 48 47 49
*Attrition rate 4% 4% 2%
**Graduation rate 96% 96% 98%

*Attrition rate calculation: Number of students who attritted from cohort divided by the entering class size

**Graduation rate: Number of cohort graduates divided by the entering class size


  • Class of 2021: 1 withdrawal due to personal reasons, 1 academic misconduct dismissal
  • Class of 2022: 1 deceleration due to academic misconduct, 1 dismissal due to academic performance
  • Class 0f 2023: 1 deceleration due to academic performance