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Physician Assistant and Rush University Accreditation
All Physician Assistant training programs are accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).  In addition to ARC-PA accreditation, all programs in Illinois must maintain approval from the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) in order to enroll students.
Rush University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (formerly the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education) since 1974. The commission completed the most recent accreditation review in 2008, which granted continuing accreditation to Rush University for 10 years. The next comprehensive HLC evaluation will occur in 2018-2019.
All Rush University degree programs offering clinical training in health care practice or administration are accredited by their respective specialty governing body.
Rush University PA Program Accreditation Status 
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted continuing accreditation status to the Rush University Physician Assistant Studies Program through March 2021. 
Continuing accreditation is granted to physician assistant programs that are in compliance with the ARC-PA’s Standards of Accreditation. Accreditation is contingent upon the program’s continued compliance with the Standards, and remains in effect unless the program closes, withdraws from the accreditation process, or fails to maintain compliance.
The IBHE approved the Rush University College of Health Sciences Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in October 2010.
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