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.

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

Paul Lombardo

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. Paul 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.

Eugene Jones

P. Eugene 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 PhD is in education, with an emphasis in evaluation and quantitative analysis. Gene has conducted more than 50 PA program site visits, and has provided educational consultation services to several U.S. and international PA programs.

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Ted J. Ruback, MS, PA-C Emeritus

Ted has been a PA for 38 years and involved in PA education for 28 of those years. He was the founding director of the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) PA Program and Head of the Division of PA Education in the OHSU School of Medicine for 22 years. He has served in a number of leadership roles in PAEA, including chair of the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) Advisory Committee, director at large on the Board of Directors, and president in 2010. Ted served more than 10 years as an accreditation site visitor for the ARC-PA. He has received numerous awards for his service and teaching, including PAEA’s Master Faculty Award in 2006.

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