The ARC-PA revised the accreditation process in 2012. revised process is ongoing in nature, with required reporting of data and analysis submitted to the ARC-PA annually and throughout the year. Beginning with programs on the September 2016 commission agenda, programs will submit a self study report two years in advance of a validation site visits. Validation visits will be customized for each program, based on the program reports and accreditation history. All programs will have validation visit, but many will only have these every ten years.
Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards.