Department of Physician Assistant Studies

Welcome to Brenau University’s Department of Physician Assistant Studies. We are a developing program working diligently on provisional accreditation to matriculate the first cohort in January 2021. We’re located one hour north of Atlanta in Gainesville, Georgia — a historic town of 35,000 on the beautiful shores of Lake Lanier that offers cultural opportunities and outdoor activities while supporting a rapidly growing health care system.

The DPAS at Brenau University is building and sustaining the program with the thoughtful, intentional and strategic approach of the Ivester College of Health Sciences. Building on and continuing the values of a liberal arts education throughout their training, our Physician Assistant graduates will advance in their profession under the college’s four pillars: evidence-based and reflective practice, contemporary scientific inquiry, clinical proficiency and humanitarian altruism.

The 28-month Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program will integrate didactic and clinical training with early immersion into the clinical arena to develop emerging history-taking and physical examination skills. The program design will include group-based learning, technology, interprofessional collaboration, a strong focus on behavioral and mental health and improving health care in rural and underserved communities


Developing PA Program Statement

Brenau University has obtained SACSCOC approval for the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program offered by the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.

The Brenau University Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program has applied for Accreditation-Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The Brenau University’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2021, pending achieving Accreditation-Provisional status at the September 2020 ARC-PA meeting.

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.

If the program is not granted Accreditation-Provisional status, it will not enroll any students in the program, will not commence and any acceptance fees or seat deposits paid by students will be refunded.

ARC-PA Provisional Accreditation Planned Schedule

  • Confirmation of institutional eligibility – May 2017
  • Application submission due date – March 5, 2020
  • Initial provisional site visit – July 9-10, 2020
  • Notification of provisional accreditation: after the September 2020 Commission review
  • Pending Accreditation-Provisional, start of the first student cohort – January 2021
  • Provisional monitoring site visit – occurs within six months of graduation of the first cohort, approximately winter 2022
  • Final provisional site visit – 18-24 months following the provisional monitoring site visit
  • Final accreditation approval – after commission review, approximately winter 2024

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Brenau University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.