Full recognition of Pacific Adventist University and its degree programmes was granted with the passing of the Pacific Adventist University Act 1997. PAU is externally audited and accredited through an international body, the Adventist Accrediting Association which is part of the General Conference Education Department of the SDA church.  PAU nursing and midwifery graduates gain registration with the PNG Nursing Council; education graduates gain teacher registration in PNG upon graduation with a PAU education degree; and business graduates have been successful in sitting the exams for membership with CPA, PNG. More agreements with professional bodies and other institutions, both in PNG and across the Pacific, are being negotiated to facilitate mobility of students and graduates of PAU. For example, currently students completing the first year science degree, are eligible to apply to the Medical Faculty at the University of Papua New Guinea. A steady stream of PAC/PAU degree-level graduates have gone on to successfully complete advanced degrees at universities in Australia and the United States.