Accreditation Manual

The Accreditation Manual (6.2019) for the fourth edition

The Accreditation Manual (7.2021) for the fifth edition

The Accreditation Manual includes the Standards along with suggested evidence of compliance and performance indicators, and clarifying comments to help guide programs in their self assessment of compliance with the Standards. Polices related to the accreditation process are also included in this manual.

Analysis and the SSR

The Data Analysis Resource (February 2020) document addressing the components of data analysis as they relate to the Standards, 5th edition and Self-Study Report is available here.

Syllabi, Competencies, Learning Outcomes & Instructional Objectives

The ARC-PA has developed the Syllabi, Program Competencies, Learning Outcomes & Instructional Objectives, Standards 5th edition. This document provides a brief description of the role of course syllabi.  It also addresses the importance and relationship between program competencies, learning outcomes and  instructional objectives.

Summary of Standards Requirements for Published and Readily Available Information

There are several accreditation standards that require programs to make program information readily availableThis document includes a summary of the Standards that are required to be readily available and may be used as a guide to assist programs in maintaining up to date information.

Conducting and Writing a Feasibility Study

The ARC-PA has developed a resource for institutions and individuals considering planning a new PA program: Conducting and Writing a Feasibility Study. Ideally a feasibility study should be conducted several years before an institution approaches the ARC-PA to request placement on an accreditation agenda. The study should be used to verify that the institution is capable of offering the program of study and meeting the accreditation requirements. Waiting to determine feasibility of success until well into program planning is too late.

Appeal Procedures

Programs receiving an adverse action are notified in writing of their right to appeal at the time of their accreditation status notification.  The ARC-PA Policy 9.15 (Accreditation Actions Subject to Appeal & Appeal Procedures) provides the detailed policies and procedures to guide programs through the appeal process.  The Appeal Process Graphic is also available to provide programs a summary and easy reference of the ARC-PA’s appeal procedures.