Postgraduate Programs

Clinical Postgraduate PA Program Accreditation in Abeyance

(July 28. 2014)

Effective immediately 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.

Accreditation of clinical postgraduate programs is voluntary; it is one method of external validation and assessment of quality. The additional specialty education and training obtained by participation in formal postgraduate PA programs or residencies is not required for successful physician-PA teams to provide specialty medical and/or surgical care. The ARC-PA understands that the accreditation process, as it currently exists, is labor and resource intensive for programs and may not be the first priority for the program's sponsoring institution. Due to other responsibilities in patient care and workload, program directors may not be able to devote 100 percent of their time and ability to the development and maintenance of a successful program.

The ARC-PA is convening a work group to discuss alternative methods of recognition of educational quality for Clinical Postgraduate PA programs. As more information is available it will be posted on this web page.

The ARC-PA is not accepting any new programs into the accreditation process. All determinations of clinical postgraduate PA program eligibility, curriculum reviews and administrative reviews are suspended pending the results of the work group’s report. Programs are advised to retain any materials they have in process until the results of the process review are available.

Currently accredited programs will remain listed as accredited programs on the ARC-PA web page, pending the outcome of further study by the commission. Annual fees will not be billed during this period.