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Physician Assistant Studies



The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Wingate University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Wingate University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

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remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.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 September 2024. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

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

SACSCOC Accreditation

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is the body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices primarily among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia for those institutions of higher education that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degrees (see Questions about the status of the University’s accreditation may be obtained from the Commission on Colleges by calling 404-679-4500 or by writing to the SACSCOC home office, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033. Wingate University is accredited by SACSCOC to award the bachelor’s, master’s, and professional degrees.


Each state has its own individual licensing boards along with their own Physician Assistant licensure requirements.  The master’s degree program in Physician Assistant Studies at Wingate University is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), and by virtue of that accreditation, its graduates are eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE).  All 50 states require graduation from an ARC-PA accredited program and certification following the successful completion of the PANCE as conditions for initial PA licensure.  We cannot confirm that the program meets any additional requirements for professional licensure in states other than North Carolina and students seeking licensure outside of North Carolina should click here for information regarding state licensure specific to individual states throughout the U.S.   

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