Affordable Care Act (ACA) Expansion of Physician Assistant Training Program

The Expansion of Physician Assistant Training Program is a five-year initiative to increase the number of physician assistants in the primary care workforce.

Grantees are physician assistant education programs that commit to sustaining an increased number of new first year students for five consecutive

Awards facilitate this expansion by supporting higher enrollment by funding new student stipends, educational expenses, reasonable living expenses, and indirect costs.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Samuel Merritt University $ 1,217,334   2010-09-302017-06-30
University Of Oklahoma $ 364,149   2010-09-302016-09-29
Lincoln Memorial University $ 1,884,960   2010-09-302016-09-29
University Of Texas Rio Grande Valley, The $ 1,979,782   2010-09-302016-09-29
Regents Of The University Of Colorado, The $ 771,036   2010-09-302016-09-29
Shenandoah University $ 1,068,900   2010-09-302016-09-29
Desales University $ 625,754   2010-09-302016-09-29
Pace University $ 659,995   2010-09-302016-09-29
University Of Utah, The $ 704,000   2010-09-302016-06-06
Marywood University $ 704,000   2010-09-302015-09-29

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds were distributed, through a competitive application process, to academically affiliated accredited physician assistant education programs and may only be used to provide stipends, educational expenses, reasonable living expenses, and indirect costs to physician assistant students.

Indirect costs under training awards to organizations other than State, local or American Indian tribal governments will be budgeted and reimbursed at 8 percent of modified total direct costs rather than on the basis of a negotiated rate agreement, and are not subject to upward or downward adjustment. Funds may not be used for the following purposes: Personnel, staffing, fringe benefits, consultant cost, travel, equipment, supplies, subcontracts and other items.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants include public or nonprofit academically affiliated physician assistant education programs whose purpose is to educate individuals that will be qualified to provide primary care medical services under the supervision of a physician.

Applicants must be accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government and Native American Organizations may apply if they are otherwise eligible.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Newly enrolled, full time physician assistant students in an accredited physician assistant education program who intend to work or teach in a primary care discipline after graduation. Project participants (students) must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or foreign nationals who possess visas permitting permanent residence in the United States. Individuals on temporary student visas are not eligible.


Applicants should review the individual HRSA Notice of Funding Opportunity issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications that must be submitted with an application package. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. HRSA requires all applicants to apply electronically through All eligible, qualified applications were forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the HRSA program official with delegated authority was responsible for final selection and funding decisions. Notification was made in writing by a Notice of Award.

Award Procedures

Notification of award was made in writing (electronic) through a Notice of Award.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Section 747 of the Public Health Service Act; and the Public Health Prevention Act Section 4002, Conference Report, H. Rept. 111-366, Division D (referencing S. Rept. 111-66), accompanying the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010, Public Law 111-117.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 120 - to 180 days after receipt of applications.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

This funding opportunity provided support for a 5-year project period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Recipients drew down funds, as necessary, from the Payment Management System (PMS), the centralized web based payment system for HHS awards.

Post Assistance Requirements


Both program and financial reports are required.

The recipient will be required to submit annual performance and progress reports.

A Federal Financial Report (SF-425) is required according to the schedule in HRSA?s Application Guide.

A final report is due within 90 days after the project period ends.

If applicable, the recipient must submit a Tangible Personal Property Report (SF-428) and any related forms within 90 days after the project period ends.

New awards (?Type 1?) issued under this notice of funding opportunity subject to the reporting requirements of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 (Pub.


109?282), as amended by section 6202 of Public Law 110?252, and implemented by 2 CFR Part 170.

Grant and cooperative agreement recipients must report information for each first-tier subaward of $25,000 or more in federal funds and executive total compensation for the recipient?s and subrecipient?s five most highly compensated executives as outlined in Appendix A to 2 CFR Part 170 (The FFATA details are available online at

Competing continuation recipients may be subject to this requirement and will be so notified in the Notice of Award.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Recipients are required to maintain grant accounting records 3 years after the date they submit the FFR. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the award has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - Awards were funded for a five year project/budget period in FY 2010.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

All administrative and audit requirements and the cost principles that govern Federal monies associated with this activity will be subject to the Uniform Guidance 2 CFR 200 as codified by HHS at 45 CFR 75. HRSA awards are also subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Anne Patterson, Project Officer, Medical Training and Geriatrics Branch, Division of Medicine and Dentistry, Bureau of Health Workforce 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20857 Email: Phone: (301) 443-6822

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Procedures for assessing the technical merit of grant applications have been instituted to provide an objective review of applications and to assist the applicant in understanding the standards against which each application will be judged. Critical indicators have been developed for each review criterion to assist the applicant in presenting pertinent information related to that criterion and to provide the reviewer with a standard for evaluation. Competing applications are reviewed by nonfederal reviewers for technical merit recommendations. See the most recent Funding Opportunity Announcement for detailed selection criteria.

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