ARC-PA Seeking Public Commissioner (4.16) The ARC-pA is seeking nominations for a Public Commissioner. The deadline to apply for the three year term that begins January 2017 is June 1, 2016. More information.......

Notes to Programs / Clarifying Changes to Standards (4.16) The Notes to Programs from the March 2016 meeting are now posted on the Accreditation Resources page of the web site. The commission voted on changes to the Standards, which are detailed in the Notes. The updated Standards and updated Accreditation Manual are accessible from the Standards section of the web site.

New Site Visitor Workshop (4.16) The ARC-PA is planning to host a new site visitor workshop in Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 15-16, 2016.  This workshop requires an application from those interested in serving as a site visitor.  More information is found on the workshop page of this site and is downloadable as a word document.

New Executive Director Selected (3.16) The commission has completed its review of candidates and has named Sharon L. Luke, MSHS, PA-C as the next Executive Director of the ARC-PA.. See the full article here.

Changes to Fee Schedule (3.16) At its March 2016 meeting the commission approved several new accreditation processes and a  new fee schedule in support of the work and resources  required by the commission to fulfill its mission and philosophy.  The last time fees were increased was in 2012.  The new fee schedule is available on the fee page of this web site.

No Summer 2016 Workshops (2.3.16) The ARC-PA will not be hosting a summer accreditation workshop or a summer provisional conference this year. This year the ARC-PA is focused on activities in support of the longer interval between validation reviews, changes in personnel, the beginning of a Standards review process, and increased use of the portal for programs. The ARC-PA and PAEA are discussing potential options for coordinated workshops and the timing of these. Programs will be notified of any workshops or conference offerings as they develop.

Change in Executive Associate Director (1.20.16) Effective April 1, 2016, Ms. Suzanne York, PA-C MPH, will replace Ms. Laura Stuetzer, MS, PA as the Associate Executive Director of the ARC-PA as Ms Stuetzer retires. For more information.....

New Assistant Director Added (1.20.16) Ms. Dawn Ludwig, PhD, PA-C joined the ARC-PA January 1, 2016 as the newest of several Assistant Directors. Dawn was previously a commissioner-at-large for the ARC-PA and worked as faculty and program director at the Augsburg College PA program.

Change in Class Size (12.15..2015) A new packet to request a change in class size is available. This packet has been adapted for requests for incremental class size increase, as approved by the commission in September, 2015. The packet is available on the program change form page.

Clinical Postgraduate PA Program Annual Report (1.27.2015): Accredited Clinical Postgraduate PA programs will NOT have to complete the ARC-PA Program Management Portal (Portal) Annual reports due for the 2014-2015 time period, but are asked to update and maintain as current their portal data in all tabs except the budget tab. .......more

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......

IMPORTANT SOFTWARE REMINDER TO PROGRAMS: (12.2014) All application documents, templates, change forms and reports due to the ARC-PA are developed in Microsoft Office 2010 and may not be compatible with Office 2007 and earlier.   Programs must be able to complete forms and applications in current software.