PAEA Professional Services

PAEA Professional Consulting Services provides expert advice and guidance with the goal of helping establish and maintain high-quality PA programs. Our services are designed to meet your unique needs. We provide services to both developing and established member programs. Fees depend on services selected.

Professional Services for Developing PA Programs

Colleges and universities often consider enlisting consultants to help them navigate the processes that lead to a successful accreditation and launch of a PA program.

PAEA’s professional services team has decades of experience in program development, accreditation, and administration. Our goal is to help you determine whether developing a PA program is the right choice for your institution and to help design the highest quality program possible.

Our professional services are customized to meet your needs. They include:

  • Helping to explore the feasibility of developing a PA program.
  • Reviewing accreditation and related documentation required to launch a PA program.
  • Recommending best practices for PA education in, for example, the areas of administration, policies, procedures, curriculum, and assessment
  • Visiting the college/university to support decision-making and preparing for accreditation, including the development of detailed project timelines

Professional Services for Accredited PA Programs

Continual improvement of a PA program is challenging. Sometimes it’s useful to work with an objective third party to help take your program to the next level, improving quality while reducing costs.

Our professional services are customized to meet your needs. They include:

  • Reviewing application and self-study documents, and preparing for an accreditation site visit
  • Evaluating overall program performance
  • Reviewing curriculum

To arrange a PAEA consultation and for pricing, please complete the Initial Contact Form.

Description of Services

PAEA is ready to provide custom services to PA programs and their host institutions. The list below provides examples of services a typical university may require, and that can be customized to meet your needs. Pricing is estimated once the consultation parameters are designed.

Feasibility Exploration with On-Site Consultation

This service is for institutions of higher education considering the development of a PA program. The consultant will prepare a brief report that provides an overview of PA education, a custom environmental assessment, and a review of likely challenges and opportunities. An on-site consultation will be scheduled, where the report will be presented university officials and other interested parties will have the opportunity to pose questions and gather additional information. This report is primarily designed for institutional use but could provide a foundation for the formal, comprehensive study required by the accrediting agency. (It is not meant to serve as a replacement for the accreditation study.)

Feasibility Exploration without On-Site Consultation

This service is for institutions of higher education that have already decided to develop a PA program. The consultant will prepare a brief report that provides an overview of PA education, a custom environmental assessment, and a review of likely challenges and opportunities. The report will be formatted in a manner that will assist the institution with preparation of provisional accreditation materials. This report is primarily designed for institutional use but could provide a foundation for the formal, comprehensive study required by the accrediting agency.(It is not meant to serve as a replacement for the accreditation study.)

On-Site Consultation

On-site consultations help the program and university prepare for an accreditation on-site visit through a preliminary review. The consultant will review the accreditation documents (application and self-study) and will tailor a visit to the campus(es) of the program using a similar agenda to that used by the accrediting agency. The on-site visit will include an oral exit report and, if time is allotted, a debriefing session for faculty and staff. A written report will be delivered within one week of the visit. Mock site visits can be scheduled for one to two days, depending on the needs of the program. The client may request one or two consultants for the visit.

Program Review

Program reviews, like mock site visits, provide the program and university the opportunity to conduct either a focused or a comprehensive review of program operations, policies, and/or outcomes. The consultant will review documents and visit the campus(es) of the program using a customized agenda developed in consultation with the director and/or college officials. The on-site visit will include an oral exit report and, if time is allotted, a debriefing session for faculty and staff. A written report will be delivered within one week of the visit. Program review visits can be scheduled for one to two days depending on the needs of the program.

Accreditation Timeline Expectations

Provisional Accreditation

  1. All documents are required to be submitted to consultants in one batch, 4 months prior to ARC-PA’s initial visit.
  2. Consultants’ report to be submitted to program within 2-3 weeks of receiving documents.
  3. On-site consultations are scheduled 3 weeks prior to document due date to ARC-PA.
  4. Two consultants are required for document review and on-site consultations.

Continuing Accreditation

  1. All documents are required to be submitted in one batch to consultants, 4 months prior to ARC-PA site visit.
  2. Consultants’ report to be submitted to program within 2-3 weeks of receiving documents.
  3. On-site consultations are scheduled 2-3 weeks prior to program receiving consultant report.
  4. Documents submitted to ARC-PA 2 weeks prior to PAEA’s on-site consultation.
  5. ARC-PA visit occurs 3 months after documents are submitted to ARC-PA.

Our Consultants

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Paul Lombardo, MPS, PA-C

With nearly 40 years’ experience as a PA educator and program director, Paul has conducted more than 50 program site visits and consultations throughout his career. He’s won several awards, including the PAEA Outstanding Service and Master Teacher awards. Professor Lombardo has served in numerous leadership roles including president of AAPA, PAEA, and the PA Foundation, and as an ARC-PA commissioner. He is member of the NCCPA Board of Directors.

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Gene Jones, PhD PA-C

Gene has over 25 years of experience in PA education, and has served as PAEA president and as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Physician Assistant Education. He holds elected fellow status in the University of Texas Kenneth I. Shine Academy of Health Science Education, with Distinguished Teaching Professor designation. His Ph.D. is in education, with an emphasis in evaluation and quantitative analysis. Gene has conducted more than 20 PA program site visits, and has provided educational consultation services to several U.S. and international PA programs.

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James F. Cawley, DHL (hon), MPH, PA-C

James is a scholar, educator, and professional leader whose research interests has focused on the PA profession. Cawley is professor and past chair of the Department of Prevention and Community Health in the Milken Institute School of Public Health, Director of the Physician Assistant/Master of Public Health Program, and professor of physician assistant studies in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at The George Washington University. The dual-degree PA/MPH program, which he founded, was the first of its type in the United States. In addition to co-authoring four books on PAs, he has published extensively in the areas of preventive medicine, non-physician health providers and health workforce policy. He was president of PAEA in 2003.

To arrange a PAEA consultation and for pricing or for more information, email proservices@PAEAonline.org or call 703‐667-4344.