The ARC-PA revised the accreditation process in 2012. Revised process is ongoing in nature, with required reporting of data and analysis submitted to the ARC-PA annually and throughout the year. Programs submit a self study report (SSR) two to three years in advance of a validation site visit. Validation visits are customized for each program, based on the program SSR, periodic reports and accreditation history. All programs have validation visits every ten years.
Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The process is presented here in flow sheet format.