Barry’s Physician Assistant program earns continued accreditation until 2016
Contact: Gladys Amador
Miami Shores, Fla. - Barry University’s Physician Assistant program has received continued accreditation until 2016 from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant.
“This continuing accreditation for the maximum of seven years demonstrates the commitment and dedication of our faculty and staff,” said Doreen C. Parkhurst, MD, FACEP, program director and assistant dean. “It’s a testament to the high quality education our PA students receive on our campuses in Miami Shores and in St. Petersburg.”
The PA program has made impressive progress since its inception in the fall of 1997. The Miami Shores program first received its full accreditation in 1999, and by the fall of 2005, Barry’s Physician Assistant program began admitting students on the west coast of Florida in collaboration with the University Partnership Center at St. Petersburg College.
Didactic teaching is conducted via interactive video-conferencing on Internet2, a network application for education and research used to broadcast courses in high-definition between the two campus locations.
In December 2007 the program celebrated its 10th anniversary and graduated its first class together, virtually. It has since graduated more than 350 physician assistants.
“I am extremely proud of our PA program and its faculty and staff," said Dr. John Nelson, interim dean of the School of Podiatric Medicine. They do an outstanding job bringing academic success to our students and preparing them to be the best health care professionals they can be.”
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant is an independent accrediting body authorized to accredit qualified PA educational programs leading to the professional credential, Physician Assistant (PA). Accreditation is a process of quality assurance that determines whether the program meets established standards for function, structure, and performance.
The site visiting team reviewed Barry’s PA program in January of 2009.