School of Health Professions


Department of Physician Assistant Studies

Institutional accreditation

UT Health San Antonio is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, to award certificates and baccalaureate, master's, doctoral and professional degrees. The institution was last reviewed and reaffirmed in 2018. The institution's accreditation extends through 2028 and includes all programs offered on the institution's main campus as well as those offered at all extended program sites.

Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur,  GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of UT Health San Antonio. Note: The Commission should only be contacted 1) to learn about the institution's accreditation status, 2) to file a third-party comment at the time of the institution's accreditation review, or 3) to file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. All normal inquiries about admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc. should be addressed directly to UT Health San Antonio and not the Commission's office.

Program accreditation

The Accreditation Review Commission on the Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to UT Health San Antonio's Physician Assistant Program sponsored by UT Health San Antonio. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.
UT Health San Antonio Physician Assistant Studies program has been approved to expand the reach of this educational program offering: a distant campus location PA program in Laredo, Texas. Programmatic approval has been granted from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Graduation from an accredited program is required to sit for the national exam.  The UT Health San Antonio Master of Physician Assistant Studies program is currently accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on the Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).  This accreditation allows graduates to sit for the national licensure examination.

The national licensing exam allows initial professional licensure in any state.

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 validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2028.  The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

Accreditation Review Commission on the Education of the Physician Assistant Inc

12000 Findley Road, Suite 275

Johns Creek, Georgia 30097