The ARC-PA only accredits qualified PA programs offered by, or located within, institutions chartered by, and physically located within, the United States, and where students are geographically located within the United States for their education. (The United States are defined as “the fifty States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Wake Island, the Midway Islands, Kingman Reef, and Johnston Island.”)

The ARC-PA does not accredit educational programs leading to the PA credential in institutions that are chartered outside the United States or programs provided in foreign countries by ARC-PA accredited U.S. PA programs.