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2018 Public Member Announcement for Nomination of Public Member Commissioner

On Thursday, June 14th, 2018 in News



The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) seeks nominations for a public member commissioner. The ARC-PA is the recognized accrediting agency that protects the interests of the public and PA profession by defining the standards for PA education and evaluating PA educational programs to ensure their compliance with those standards.

The Public Member serves as a consumer advocate, representing the public interest in relation to the accreditation of physician assistant programs. The public member commissioner is expected to attend the three commission meetings (March, June and September) of the ARC-PA, contribute to discussions about accreditation status of programs, and participate in site visits to PA programs and as a member of ARC-PA committees or task forces. The term of appointment is 3 years with an opportunity for re-appointment for a second three-year term. For more information regarding the duties of a commissioner please contact the ARC-PA Executive Director.

The public member may not derive his or her livelihood from the Physician Assistant profession. Those working in educational administration, health-related organizations, and the accreditation community are not automatically excluded from consideration.

Travel and other direct costs related to the public member attending regular, special, or committee meetings, or site visits will be paid by the ARC-PA. Public Commissioners receive no compensation for their services.

The first term of office will begin January 1, 2019 and will end December 31, 2021.

To be considered (nominated or self-declared), please submit a resume and a statement describing your/their interest, experience and background that would support the mission of the ARC-PA.

Materials must be submitted via e-mail to: by August 17, 2018.


Office Closed Monday, May 28

On Thursday, May 24th, 2018 in News

Please note that the ARC-PA office will be closed on Monday, May 28th, in observance of Memorial Day.  The office will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, May 29th.  Please be reminded that many topics and materials that may be of help to you are provided on our web site:


2018 ARC-PA Workshop Accreditation and You

On Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 in News

ARC-PA workshop Accreditation and You REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

July 22-24, 2018

The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland, Ohio


This workshop will provide PA program faculty an overview of the accreditation process including sessions designed to give participants the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the interpretation of individual Standards.


This workshop focuses on bringing the Standards, accreditation manual and required data reports together as working tools for programs. Sessions will address the application and site visit, data collection and analysis over time for the self-study report and specific Standards cited most often in the 4th edition.


Dates and Times:
The Accreditation and You workshop begins at noon on Sunday, July 22, 2018 with sessions until 6:30 PM (snack provided, lunch and dinner on your own). On Monday, July 23 the workshop begins at 7:00 AM (breakfast and lunch provided) and adjourns at 5:30 PM (Dinner on your own). On Tuesday, July 24, the workshop begins at 7:00 AM (breakfast and snack provided) and adjourns at noon.

An optional Overview of Accreditation for new faculty is included in the workshop fee and will be held 9:30am-11am, Sunday, July 22, 2018.

Space is limited. Priority will be given to first time registrants from programs scheduled for site visits in 2018-2019. Programs are limited to two attendees per program.

The registration fee for the Accreditation and You workshop is $1,250 per person. The fee includes all meeting materials, breakfast and lunch on Monday, breakfast on Tuesday and snack breaks throughout all days.


Registration fees must be received by June 15, 2018. The ARC-PA does not accept credit cards.

Make checks payable to: ARC-PA, Inc.


Hotel: Ritz-Carlton – Cleveland
The conference guestroom rate at the Ritz-Carlton – Cleveland is $229 per night plus 16.5% tax, single or double occupancy. The conference rate will be available July 19-27, 2018 (based on guestroom availability).

Once your registration is confirmed, please use this link: Book your group rate for ARC-PA Workshop  

or contact the Ritz-Carlton directly at 216-623-1300 and ask for the ARC-PA Workshop room block. (Reservations must be guaranteed by credit card and “no shows” will be billed one night.)  The room block is available until June 22, 2018. However, only a limited number of rooms are reserved, so make your reservation early.


Registration Form:

The form was due by June 8, 2018. The ARC-PA will send confirmation of registration to the email listed on the registration form.


Attendees are responsible for making their own travel and hotel arrangements. Air, hotel and other travel arrangements should not be made until confirmation of registration from the ARC-PA.


The hotel is 15 miles / 20 minutes from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE). The hotel is easily accessible via the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) on the Red Line:

  1. Take the Red Line to Tower City – Public Square Station, cost is $2.25 each way.
  2. After exiting the train, take the elevator to M3.
  3. Turn right out of the elevator, and the hotel’s arrival lobby is located to the left.


The Ritz-Carlton, Tower City Center, 1515 West Third Street, Cleveland, OH 44113, (216) 623-1300. Valet Parking (no self-park): $30 per day. Check-in: 4 p.m.  Check-out: 12 p.m.



Questions about Content? Contact Suzanne York

Questions about Registration? Contact Mercedes Beard