Summer Accreditation Workshop: (2.10.2014) The ARC-PA‘s annual summer Accreditation and You workshop will be held June 21-24, 2014 in St. Louis, MO. This summer’s workshop will be open to program directors, medical directors, principal faculty and staff from currently accredited programs. For more information.......
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 will be 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
SUMMER WORKSHOP DATE: (1.27.2014) The summer accreditation workshop has been scheduled for June 22-24, 2014. More information about the content, format, and registration will be available in February, 2014.
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.