Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc (ARC-PA)

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc standards constitutes all the possible requirements for an institution with Physician Assistant programs to get accredited. Scroll down to read more about this accreditation.

Posted by Navya B on 5th April 2018

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc (ARC-PA)

ARC-PA accreditation body assigns accreditation to only PA (Physician Assistant) programs. ARC-PA accreditation came into effect on September 1, 2010It is a non-governmental organization. This accreditation continuously encourages the institutions to achieve outcomes and keep them in progress.

The ARC-PA has collaborated with numerous other organizations namely:

  • Physician Assistant Education Association

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants

  • American College of Surgeons

  • American Medical Association

  • American Academy of Family Physicians

Guiding values of an Institution

  • The institution should follow a proper administration system.

  • Should adhere to the policies made by the institution.

  • The institution should maintain integrity and clearance.

  • Planning and future development should be considered.

  • The institution should rely on their core mission.

 Institution Requirements for ARC-PA

  • The ARC-PA accredits only PA (Physician Assistant) programs.

  • The institutions should be located in the United States.

  • Institution responsibilities include sponsorship.

  • All the operations records like the faculty and student present and previous records should be maintained.

  • All the necessary institutional requirements should be fulfilled.

  • An institution should provide all the student requirements.

  • The rules and instructions set by governing body should be maintained and followed by the institutional staff.

  • The organization, planning, and development should be a prior consideration.

 List of colleges which are accredited by ARC-PA

University of Alabama

University of South Alabama

Harding University

University of Arkansas

Northern Arizona University

California Baptist University

Loma Linda University

Stanford University

University of Southern California

George Washington University

How does it benefit students?

  • It helps the degree acquired by the students adds more value.

  • Students can choose a best suitable college/university for physician programs.

  • It will help students participate in the inter-college programs to showcase their talents.

  • Placements and internship activities add an extra charm of the benefits.


ARC-PA accredits colleges/Universities that provide Physician Assistant programs in undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs.

If any institution has been accredited by ARC-PA then it assures a good quality of education and reflects good public and student reviews.