The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant
is the accrediting agency that protects the interests of the public and physician assistant profession by defining the standards for physician assistant education and evaluating physician assistant educational programs within the territorial United States to ensure
their compliance with those standards.

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Provisional Accreditation

Provisional Accreditation is the status of accreditation granted for a limited, defined period of time to a new program that, at the time of the site visit, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the Standards.

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Continuing Accreditation

Continuing accreditation is the term used to describe accreditation that is granted when: an established program is in compliance with the Standards; a program holding Probationary Accreditation has demonstrated that it is once again in compliance with the Standards; a program holding Provisional Accreditation demonstrates compliance with the Standards after its follow-up provisional visit.

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Clinical Postgraduate

Accreditation of clinical postgraduate programs is voluntary; it is one method of external validation and assessment of quality. The additional specialty education and training obtained by participation in formal postgraduate PA programs or residencies is not required for successful physician-PA teams to provide specialty medical and/or surgical care.

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John McCarty, Executive Director
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Johns Creek, GA, 30097