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The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted provisional accreditation status to the Chapman University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Chapman University. (updated March 2019)

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.

In addition, Chapman University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WSCUC). Chapman was first accredited in 1956 and was last reaffirmed in February 2014. Chapman University’s next WSCUC accreditation reaffirmation IRP is scheduled for 2022.

Please visit the WSCUC webpage for additional information on their Institutional Review Process (IRP).

Mission | Vision | Goals


To provide a personalized and exceptional medical education, that inspires compassionate and collaborative health care providers who enhance access to high-quality care in the community.


To educate a highly competent, culturally sensitive, ethical, and insightful PA who is ready to take on the challenges of healthcare in both the primary and specialty care areas. Chapman University faculty and staff will strive to inspire students with a personalized educational experience to become leaders who seek scholarly endeavors and show a commitment to service in diverse communities. Our graduates will practice evidence-based medicine as part of an interdisciplinary team while providing a positive impact on the global health system.


  1. Provide an exceptional medical education that prepares students for success on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE). Measurement: Students will exceed the ARC-PA established pass rate currently set at 85% on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) for first-time takers.
    PANCE Exam Performance Summary Report

    Five Year First Time Taker Summary Report 
  1. Prepare students for success in clinical rotations. Measurement: Mean score on preceptor end of rotation evaluation of students will meet or exceed 3.5/5.
    Preceptor End of Rotation Evaluation Summary Report
  1. Prepare graduates for success as entry-level PAs. Measurement: Program will publish results of alumni employment survey taken 6 months after graduation for individuals actively seeking employment. Class of 2018 Alumni Survey Summary

Program Chair: Dr. Michael Burney

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9401 Jeronimo Road  Irvine, CA 92618
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