Accredited PA Programs
ARC-PA dues are billed yearly in and are payable within 45 days of the date of invoice. The updated fee structure is published on the web. Bills are sent directly to the accredited PA program, to the attention of the program director, at the address listed as the official program address on the Program Management Portal. All checks should be made payable to the Accreditation Review Committee on Education for the Physician Assistant and should be accompanied by a letter confirming the payment, date and check number. The ARC-PA does not accept credit cards.
The fee structure changed in 2013 and programs do not pay an additional fee during the year of the validation site visits. Click here for more specific information on fees.
Programs applying for continuing accreditation will be invoiced yearly for their fees. The ARC-PA does not accept credit cards.
Questions about completing the application for accreditation should be emailed to Accreditation Services in the ARC-PA national office (770-476-1224).
Those needing to change the date for a scheduled site visit should contact the ARC-PA Director of Accreditation Services with such a request as soon as such a need is known. Due to the fact that site visitors are volunteers and that the scheduling of site visits is a complex process, programs changing the dates of their visit after they have been confirmed will likely lose flexibility in rescheduling in terms of dates. In addition, programs requesting such changes may incur charges related to the changing of travel plans. Also, programs that cancel their site visit evaluation within sixty (60) days of their scheduled visit will be responsible for any and all non-refundable expenses associated with the visit that have been incurred by the ARC-PA.
The Self-Study Report is a required part of the application for programs seeking continuing accreditation. Appendix 13 of the application for continuing accreditation describes the required components and format for the Self-Study Report.
The process of self-analysis is an ongoing one and the report only captures a particular period of time. Data templates and directions in the Self Study Report form typically require information from a 3-4 year time period although programs may need to use data from a longer period of time to adequately interpret cause and effect relationships and trends.
The ARC-PA requests that reports from programs be submitted at various times throughout the year, to allow the ARC-PA commissioners adequate time to review materials submitted by the programs. The ARC-PA meets twice yearly, in March and September. Actions on program accreditation and on most interim reports due from programs are taken at those times. Occasionally the ARC-PA takes actions at times other than regularly scheduled meetings.
The ARC-PA recognizes that writing instructional objectives that effectively guide student learning is no easy task. The ARC-PA has developed a guide that may be of help to you in developing your syllabi and objectives, describing competencies, and writing syllabi. This document is updated periodically and is available on the Accreditation Resources page of this web site. PAEA also has information on writing instructional objectives available on their web site.
ARC-PA policy prohibits the commission, site visitors or staff from Providing consultation services or maintaining or recommending consultants. The ARC-PA staff is available to answer questions regarding accreditation processes and procedures.