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The Canisius College Physician Assistant Studies program is pleased to announce it received permission from the New York State Education Department to begin the process of accepting applications for its first cohort, which is expected to start in January 2021. The program had an accreditation site visit February 27-28 and is expected to hear a final decision regarding approval from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) sometime in early July. The program will not offer interviews or make selections for admittance until after it receives provisional accreditation but will begin accepting and reviewing applications through the central application site (CASPA). Information about the program can now be found at, including information about accreditation, admissions requirements and curriculum.

Canisius College has applied for Accreditation-Provisional from the (ARC-PA). Canisius College anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2021, pending achievement of Accreditation-Provisional status at the June 2020 ARC-PA meeting and New York State Department of Education program registration.

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. In the event that ARC-PA withholds accreditation, the Canisius College PA Program will not admit students to begin in January 2021 and will continue development and pursuit of accreditation in the next available cycle.

For more information, please email the program at

Submitted by: Aimee Larson, program director, Physician Assistant Studies