Clinical Postgraduate PA Program Accreditation

At the September 2017 commission meeting, the Commission voted to take the accreditation process for clinical postgraduate PA programs out of abeyance. A taskforce was charged with developing a proposal for a new accreditation process, timeline and standards for clinical postgraduate PA programs. At the September 2019 commission meeting, the Commission approved the Clinical Postgraduate Accreditation Standards, 3rd edition and a revised accreditation process to be effective January 2020.

The clinical postgraduate PA program accreditation process conducted by the ARC-PA is a voluntary one entered into by institutions and programs that sponsor a structured educational experience. The process gives applicant programs the opportunity to demonstrate compliance with the approved accreditation standards. While the process is voluntary, it provides programs an external validation of their educational offering. Additionally, the process offers prospective PA trainees one means by which they can judge the quality of the educational experience offered by the program or institution.

Clinical postgraduate programs that previously received accreditation from the ARC-PA will receive priority in reapplying for accreditation under the revised process. Any clinical postgraduate programs that were not previously accredited may apply for accreditation by submitting a Postgraduate Applicant Information Form.


Clinical Postgraduate Conference

April 24-25, 2021

Virtual via Zoom

This conference will give Clinical Postgraduate Programs interested in applying for an overview of the clinical postgraduate accreditation process. It will provide an orientation to the Standards, address completing the provisional application, preparing for the initial site visit and give participants the opportunity to ask questions.

Dates and Times:

The conference begins at 11:00 AM (ET) on Saturday, April 24, 2021 with sessions until 6:00 PM (ET) with a scheduled lunch break.  On Sunday, April 25, 2021 the conference begins at 11:00 AM (ET) and adjourns at 3:00 PM (ET). 

Priority registration will be given to programs who have submitted a Postgraduate Applicant Information Form.

Registration Forms:

Available here.  The form is due by March 31, 2021.  The ARC-PA will send confirmation of registration to the email(s) listed on the registration form.


The registration fee for the Clinical Postgraduate Conference is $1,500 per person.

Registration fees must be received by April 9, 2021. The ARC-PA does not accept credit cards. More information about payment of fees will be sent with conference registration confirmation.

Cancellation policy:

Registrants who are unable to attend the conference for any reason may substitute, by arrangement with ARC-PA, someone else from the same institution at no additional expense.

  1. If a registrant is unable to attend an event and a substitution is not an option, the following refund arrangements will apply:
    1. Registrations cancelled 15 days or more before the event will be refunded 100%.
    2. Registrations cancelled less than 15 days before the event will forfeit $500 of the event fee and the remaining balance of the fee will be refunded.
  2. Refunds will be issued within 2 weeks after the event.


Questions about the conference? Contact Melissa Coffman:

Questions about registration and fees? Contact Tabitha Sharp:

For questions regarding Clinical Postgraduate Accreditation, please email