Clinical Postgraduate Accreditation in Abeyance (8.4.2014) The current accreditation process for Clinical Postgraduate PA programs is being held in abeyance. Abeyance applies to those programs with the status of Accreditation – Clinical Postgraduate Program as well as those that have received correspondence with a formal timeline to attain accreditation by the commission. For more information......

Provisional Pathway Conference (5.13.2014) The ARC-PA‘s annual Provisional Pathway Conference will be held November 20-21, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. Attendance at an ARC-PA Provisional Accreditation Conference is mandatory in order for a developing program to be considered on a commission agenda. Registration is now open. For more information......

Portal SCPE Directions (5.13.2014) A special SCPE Directions document is now available on the Accreditation Resources page of this site.  As communicated previously in the Notes to Program (spring 2014) all programs are required to update their SCPE tab data by July 31, 2014.  There will not be a submit button displayed on the portal dashboard for report submission. All that is required is to have the tab updated by the due date. 

Notes to Programs: (4.2014) .The Spring 2014 Notes to Program document includes information from the March 2014 commission meeting. There are important policy changes addressed in the Notes.

PANCE Required Reports for Low First Time Taker Pass Rates: (1.28.2014) Beginning with class cohorts that graduated in 2013, the ARC-PA will review the PANCE first time pass rate percentages by student cohort.  Any program with a PANCE pass rate percentage of 82 % or less for its 2013 cohort, must submit an analysis of its PANCE performance to the ARC-PA by July 1, 2014.  From that point forward, 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 cut-off score was chosen because it is one standard deviation from the mean first time pass rate across programs over a review of multiple years of data.  Over a 10 year period, that percentage did not vary by more than a few percentage points.  Realizing that the number of new programs rapidly entering the list of accredited programs may impact the history of results, every three years the commission will evaluate the minimum percentage score requiring a report.

Based on history, it is estimated that 15-20 programs per year may be required to complete PANCE Analysis Reports.  Some of those may be required to complete such reports for several years sequentially.

The focus for the report will be the ARC-PA’s Four Key Elements of Analysis included in the Data Analysis Resource (dated July 2013) as posted on this web site. Program directors and those involved in compiling the report due to the ARC-PA are expected to have read this resource carefully. The report format is similar to that used for the PANCE section of the Self-Study report. The report document is available here and will continue to be available on this web site on the

SAMPLE APPLICATIONS AND SSR: (1.2.2014) The Continuing and Provisional sections of this web site each contain sample application and SSR materials to assist programs in planning for their visits. Actual application materials are no longer available on the web site for entry-level programs. These are provided to programs from the program office.

DIRECTOR OF ACCREDITATION SERVICES: (12.9.13). The ARC-PA is pleased to announce that Loretta C. Waldron will be joining the ARC-PA in Johns Creek Georgia January 2, 2014 as the Director of Accreditation Services. Loretta brings a fourteen-year wealth of experience and leadership in programmatic accreditation to the commission. She most recently served as the Associate Director for the Council on Podiatric Medical Education (CPME) of the American Podiatric Medical Association, Bethesda, MD.

IMPORTANT SOFTWARE NOTE TO PROGRAMS: (5.15.2013) As the ARC-PA transitions to the revised accreditation process, all application documents, templates, change forms and reports due to the ARC-PA will be developed in Microsoft Office 2010 and may not be compatible with Office 2007 and earlier.   Programs are urged to plan accordingly.