Accreditation snag delays Yale U.’s hybrid physician assistant program | InsideHigherEd

ale University has learned that a thorough review over a period of several years may be the fastest way for its hybrid master’s degree program in medical science to become accredited. The development — while in no way killing the program — is being seen as a victory for alumni and students who have expressed skepticism about online education.

The university’s School of Medicine had planned to treat the hybrid program, which combines online learning and in-person classes, as merely an increase in class size, which meant it would piggyback on the face-to-face program’s accreditation. But at the same March 2014 meeting of the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) where Yale received approval for its most recent change in class size, the accreditor also made it more difficult for programs to rapidly grow or shrink.

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