Accredited Programs

Accreditation Resources

(updated 10.7.2015)

SCPE Directions

(October 30,2015)

Directions for entering data into the SCPE tab of the Portal are availalbe here. This same document also contains directions for downloading a report from the SCPE tab to submit with program required reports to the ARC-PA about numbers and types of clinical sites used for SCPEs..

Program Defined Expectations

(April 2014)

The power point slide handout (with typographical corrections) from the ARC-PA presentation at the PAEA Memphis meeting in October 2013 about Program-Defined Expectations as they relate to the Standards is available here.

Analysis and the SSR

(May 2015)

The Data Analysis Resource (May 2015) document addressing the components of data analysis as they relate to the Standards, 4th edition and, Self-Study Report, is available here!

PANCE Required Report

(January 2015)

PANCE Required Report:(1.2015) The ARC-PA reviews the PANCE first time pass rate percentages by student cohort.  Any program with a PANCE pass rate percentage of 82 % or less for its 2014 cohort, must submit an analysis of its PANCE performance to the ARC-PA by July 1, 2015. In  any year that the PANCE pass rate for first time takers by cohort for that year has a pass rate percentage of 82% or less, the program must submit an analysis of PANCE performance by July 1 of the following year.  The NCCPA will provide programs their previous year’s data in February of each year. The focus for the report will be the ARC-PA’s Four Key Elements of Analysis included in the Data Analysis Resource. Data related to PANCE outcomes should include but is not limited to correlation of PANCE outcomes and:

  • Admissions criteria as predictors of success
  • Individual course performance
  • Course and instructor evaluations
  • Program expectations, instructional objectives, learning outcomes and breadth and depth of curriculum
  • Student summative performance (Summative examination and other comprehensive exam results).
  • Remediation programs and results
  • Attrition criteria and data for cohort being reviewed
  • Feedback from students who were unsuccessful on PANCE
  • Preceptor feedback (alumni and employer feedback is not required but may be helpful if available to programs)

The report format for 2015 is available here.

Important Notes to Programs / Portal Pointers

(October 2015)

The Notes to Programs SSR edition from the spring of 2015 is sitll available for programs. This edition is important to all programs, as it addresses issues related to the SSR required with applications and the SSR two years before a validation visit.

The Fall 2015 Notes to Program document includes information from the September 2015 commission meeting. Programs should read this as well as past Notes documents available here. Over time policies and procedures change. Older version of the Notes remain on the website..

Spring 2015 Notes
Fall 2014 Notes
Spring 2014 Notes
Fall 2013 Notes
Spring 2013 Notes
Fall 2012 Notes
Spring 2012 Notes

Portal Pointers are sent to programs and posted here periodically during the year. The most recent version from October 2014 is available here. Information on the Annual report will be posted here when it is available.

Other editions of Portal Pointers are posted below.

April 2012 Portal Pointers
August 2012 Portal Update
Accreditation Program Management Update (May 2014)

Conducting and Writing a Feasibility Study

The ARC-PA has developed a resource for institutions and individuals considering planning a new PA program: Conducting and Writing a Feasibility Study. Ideally a feasibility study should be conducted several years before an institution approaches the ARC-PA to request placement on an accreditation agenda.  The study should be used to verify that the institution is capable of offering the program of study and meeting the accreditation requirements.  Waiting to determine feasibility of success until well into program planning is too late. 

Responding to ARC-PA Observations or Citations

The Accreditation Manual (available in the Standards section of the web site), in addition to presenting information on interpreting and complying with the Standards, contains important information about ARC-PA policies and procedures. It includes content about responding to observations or citations. Programs are to follow directions in correspondence and documents from the ARC-PA about how to submit reports and materials to the ARC-PA.

ARC-PA Bylaws and Policies

The ARC-PA Bylaws and Policy Manual are available here as informational resources for physician assistant program faculty, staff and the general public. The Accreditation Manual is being updated and will include references to these policies where appropriate.

The Standards Degree Deadline Issue

(October 2011)

The ARC-PA has developed a document to provide clarification about the masters degree requirement as described in the Standards, 4th edition. This document addresses expectations for all programs that do not yet confer a graduate degree.

Syllabi, Competencies, Objectives

Syllabi, Instructional Objectives and Learning Outcomes, Standards 4th edition.