April 7, 2016  

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science’s Physician Assistant Program Receives Accreditation – Provisional



LOS ANGELES, CA —The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation–Provisional status to the Charles R. Drew University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

As defined by the ARC-PA: “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. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.”

“The University is proud to establish a master's level Physician Assistant Program in Service Planning Area 6,” said Dr. David M. Carlisle, President of CDU. “Not only does the accreditation verify the quality of our training for physician assistants, it will help us continue our mission to increase access to primary care for residents in underserved and under-resourced communities.”

The 27-month Master of Health Science Physician Assistant (PA) Program in CDU’s College of Science and Health is the newest program addition to the University. It is designed to prepare a diverse group of highly qualified, compassionate physician assistants, who distinguish themselves through providing excellence in patient-care as members of the healthcare team. After demonstrating preparedness in accordance with the accreditation standards, the PA Program will matriculate its inaugural class of 26 students in August 2016. The class was selected from a pool of over 2,700 applicants.  In the past, the University offered a bachelor degree Physician Assistant Program that trained over 1,200 PAs.

“The PA Program is off to a great start, which is a testament to CDU’s strong commitment to excellence and a reflection of the incredible exemplary leadership of the Program Director, Katayoun Moini, and faculty,” said Dr. Steve O. Michael, PhD, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost at CDU.
Before Moini joined CDU she served as an Educational Coordinator and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Physician Assistant Program at Quinnipiac University and as an Assistant Professor in the Quinnipiac University Department of Medical Sciences. She has extensive experience servicing as a Physician Assistant in a number of clinical settings, with an area of specialty in blood and marrow transplantation. 

“Having this opportunity to develop future medical providers who will serve our community is indescribable,” said Moini. “CDU’s PA Program will forever strive to emulate Dr. Charles R. Drew’s legacy of a pioneering spirit.”

For more information on the PA program at CDU visit:





Isidra Person-Lynn,
Communications Specialist
323.563.5833 or 213.422.8707




About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 575 medical doctors, 2,700 post-graduate physicians, more than 1,200 physician assistants, 615 nurses and hundreds of other health professionals. CDU’s mission is to develop a diverse group of health professional leaders who seek social justice, promote wellness, provide care with excellence and compassion and are uniquely qualified to transform the health of underserved populations through outstanding education, research and clinical services in the context of community engagement. For more information, , visit, and follow CDU on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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