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In This Issue
Wanted: Recent Graduate Commissioner
Programs are Talking
Calendar of Events
Featured Article
Message from the President
CAAHEP Honors Outstanding Service
AMA's Health Care Careers Directory
Accreditation Actions

Recent  Graduate Commissioner
CAAHEP is looking for a recent graduate of a CAAHEP accredited program to represent the students' interest on the Commission.  A Recent Graduate Commissioner is someone who has graduated no more than three years prior to appointment. The candidate must be willing to represent the students' interest on the Commission, currently work in the health science field for which he/she was trained, and be a member of a professional organization representing his/her health science field.
The Recent Graduate Commissioner must attend the CAAHEP Annuall Meeting, participate in the business of the Commission, including such activities as electing the CAAHEP Board of Directors, bring educational concerns that impact the accreditation of academic programs to the Commission, participate as an observer in a CAAHEP accreditation site visit, and address the Commision at the Annual Business Meeting on a topic of his/her choice.
If you or someone you know is interested in serving the Commission in this capacity, please nominate yourself (or them) for the position.  Use this form for nominations of this position. The CAAHEP Board hopes to select this new Commissioner at its meeting in July.  Please submit your nomination by July 2, 2010.
Should you have any questions on this position, please contact Kathy Megivern.

Programs Are Talking!
Following each set of accreditation actions taken by the Board, every newly accredited or re-accredited program receives a survey to complete so that CAAHEP can find out how the process is doing, if there are any areas to review or improve, and to get a sense of the overall satisfaction of the programs.  When asked to describe the benefits of CAAHEP accrediation, here is what some of the programs are saying:
"Well respected organization with tough guidelines that provoke a higher expectation in programs accredited by this organization nationally.  I'm always very proud to say we are "CAAHEP" accredited.  The satisfaction of knowing that our program DOES meet these strict guidelines is comforting and rewarding all by itself.  This is definitely one of the questions that is asked by potential students "are you accredited" and I can always reply with huge enthusiasm "Oh yes we are!" 
 DMS Program
accredited March 2010
"CAAHEP accreditation holds programs to high standards ensuring students and the program's community of interest receive quality education and good outcomes.  It also provides a mechanism for improvement if deficiencies exist."
END Program
accredited January 2010
"It has helped us raise and revise the educational standards of our program. Students can now feel secure when applying to our program that we meet the national standards for our program. Employers can feel secure in hiring our students knowing that we are an accredited program. Patients will benefit when being scanned by our students since they have met the standards imposed by our institution and CAAHEP."   
 DMS Program
accredited March 2010
"The benefits are numerous.  First and foremost it allows us to show to potential students and employers that we have met rigorous national standards.  This separates us from our competitors."
Exercise Science Program accredited January 2010

Calendar of Events

July 2010
21st-23rd: CAAHEP Board of Directors Meeting
New Orleans, Louisiana

23rd-24th:  Committee on Accreditation Workshop,
New Orleans, Louisiana

September 2010
17th: CAAHEP Board of Directors Conference Call Meeting

November 2010
19th:  CAAHEP Board of Directors Conference Call Meeting

January 2011
20th-21st: CAAHEP Board of Directors Meeting
Clearwater, Florida
21st-22nd: CAAHEP Leadership Conference
Clearwater, Florida

June 2010

Message from the President
M. LaCheeta McPherson, Ph.D., MLS(ASCP)cm

Since June marks the end of another year for CAAHEP, it is an opportune time to reflect on our successes and challenges of this past year.
Despite the fact that we lost a Committee on Accreditation (CoARC) in November, we gained two new Committees in April:  Anesthesia Technician/Technologist and Recreational Therapists.  We also gained two Sponsoring Organizations: The American Society of Anesthesia Technologists and Technicians and The American Therapeutic Recreation Association.  These CoAs and their Sponsors were approved by the Commission at the Annual Meeting that was held in Louisville, KY.
We honored three board members who completed their terms of office: Brad Maxwell, who served as a CAAHEP commissioner since 2004 and a board member since 2007; Dan Points, who served as a commissioner since 2003 and board member since 2004, including Treasurer since 2006; and Bill Horgan, a CAAHEP commissioner since its inception in 1994 and a board member from 1994-97 including Secretary.  He was re-elected to the board in 2004 and became Vice President in 2005 and President in 2007.  We will certainly miss these gentlemen. 
The Commission elected four new members of the board: Claire Chandler, Commissioner for the American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants, Cameron Harris, Commissioner for the Board of Registered Polysomnograpic Technologists, John Padgett, Commissioner for Proprietary Institutions; and Alicia Davis, Commissioner for the National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education. Cynthia Butters, Commissioner for NN2 was re-elected for a second term. I welcome these new and returning members of the board and look forward to working with them all in the coming years.  
We also honored two other individuals during the Annual Awards Luncheon: Lindsay Rettie was presented with the Exceptional Service Award and Jennifer Anderson-Warick was given the President's Citation Award.  Both of these women have served CAAHEP faithfully for many years.
The 16th Annual Meeting for CAAHEP received positive evaluations. Dr. Mark Taylor took Generation X to the "NeXt" level by looking at today's young people in the workforce.  Dr. Taylor also gave an afternoon presentation on Teaching for Lasting Change, that included utilizing active learning, new technology and engaging techniques.  Dr. Robert Brooks presented "Reforming Health Care in America: what got us here, won't get us there."  The data were compelling in his presentation to explain how healthcare reform will impact education, workforce and the American public. Doug Lederman, Editor of Inside Higher Education, gave us a Washington Update.  We ended the meeting with two demonstrations on using simulation and high fidelity simulators to enhance clinical learning.  
At the close of our annual meeting, Nancy Smith gave a brief update on the Summer Workshop presentation that will focus on the development of guidelines for distance learning programs.  This is an area that many of our CoAs have been requesting guidance. With the assistance of a consultant and task force, the Distance Education Guidelines Project will be one tool used for assuring consistency of standards, processes and procedures across CoAs.  Demonstration of consistency is one of the areas that CHEA will focus on as we begin our re-recognition process for CHEA, a major activity for CAAHEP this coming year.  
Lastly, I hope you all have an opportunity for renewal this summer. Fall will be here too quickly, along with a new crop of students to educate...and the cycle continues.
CAAHEP Honors Outstanding Service
During the Annual Meeting in Louisville, two of CAAHEP's finest volunteers were recognized for their outstanding service to the Commission.
First, the CAAHEP Award for Exceptional Service, the highest honor awarded by CAAHEP, was presented to Lindsay Rettie for her years of service to the organization. This award is reserved for those who are or have been Commissioners, and recognized Lindsay for her efforts speaking with conviction about the work of the Commission, advancing its purposes, and actively participating in the Commission's activities at a high level for many years.  Lindsay has served as a Commissioner, on the CAAHEP Board of Directors, and as a non-Board Liaison.
A second award, the Presidential Citation, was presented to Jennifer Anderson-Lacheeta and jennifer 2Warwick for her assistance and dedication to CAAHEP over the past year.  Jennifer works with two Committees on Accreditation and has assisted CAAHEP in getting its webinar series up and running.  She has assisted in the training of different Committees on Accreditation in using the Go to Meeting/Go to Webinar software, and serves as a non-Board Liaison to a CoA and as a member of the CAAHEP Standards Committee.
Please join us in congratulating these two women on their well-deserved recognition.
AMA's Health Care Careers Directory Available  More than 8,600 educational programs listed  
by Fred Lenhoff, Director of Medical Education Products, American Medical Association
The new 2010-2011 edition of the Health Care Careers Directory, from the American Medical Association (AMA), is now available. This all-new updated edition is organized to make it easy for students, career counselors, and program directors to quickly find the information they're seeking, sorted into the following categories: 
Allied Health, Complementary and Alternative Medicine and Therapies, Communication Sciences, Counseling and Psychology, Dental-Related Occupations, Dietetics, Expressive/Creative Arts Therapies, Health Information and Communication, Laboratory Science Professions, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physician, Physician Assistant,  Podiatry, Radiologic Technology, Therapy and Rehabilitation, Veterinary Medicine, and Vision-Related Professions
"The Directory is now more than ever the number-one resource for information on the diverse career opportunities in the health care field," said Paul H. Rockey, MD, MPH, director of the AMA Division of Graduate Medical Education.

Program data are displayed in a chart format, allowing you to quickly and easily compare various programs and find the one you're seeking. Chart data include class capacity, start dates, program length(s), tuition, academic award(s) granted, and availability of evening/weekend courses.

In addition to a complete listing of all accredited programs, with program name, address, and contact information, the Directory includes a handy description of each profession's job duties, required education, and average salary.

Note: Staff at programs accredited by CAAHEP (and the institutions that sponsor these programs) can obtain the Directory at a special discount cost of $25, plus $5.95 shipping/handling.

To receive a copy of the special discount order form, send an e-mail to meded@ama-assn.org or call (312) 464-4635. For fastest service, be sure to specify the phrase "HCCD discount" in the e-mail's subject line.
Accreditation Actions
Correction:  The following programs were inadvertently left off the March 19, 2010 Accreditation Actions list.
Electroneurodiagnostic Technology
Pamlico Community College, Grantsoro, NC (Associate) (Distance) 
Medical Assistant

College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL (Certificate)

Accreditation Actions:  May 21, 2010
Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Asheville-BuncombeTechnical Community College, Asheville, NC (General) (Associate)
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Asheville, NC (Vascular) (Associate)
Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth, FL (General) (Certificate, Associate)
Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls, SD (General) (Associate) 
Spokane Community College, Spokane, WA (General) (Associate) 
Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist  

Scott Community College, Bettendorf, IA (Associate) 
Medical Assistant

West Virginia Northern Community College, Wheeling, WV (Associate) 
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA (Masters) 
Polysomnographic Technologist 

East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN (Certificate)
Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis, MN (Associate)

Surgical Assistant
Vincennes University, Vincennes, IN (Certificate) 
Surgical Technologist
Baker College of Allen Park, Allen Park, MI (Associate)
Bossier Parish Community College, Bossier City, LA (Diploma)
Concorde Career College-San Bernadino, San Bernadino, CA (Diploma)
Davis Applied Technology College, Kaysville, UT (Certificate)
Delta College, University Center, MI (Associate)
Everest College-Merrillville, Merrillville, IN (Diploma)  
Everest College-West Valley City, West Valley City, UT (Associate)
Everest Institute-Marietta, Marietta, GA (Diploma)
Harrison College-Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN (Associate)
Lakeshore Technical College, Cleveland, WI (Diploma)  
MiraCosta College, Oceanside, CA (Certificate)
Moraine Park Technical College, Fond Du Lac, WI (Associate)
National College-Kettering, Kettering, OH (Associate)  
North Shore Community College, Danvers, MA (Certificate)
Okefenokee Technical College, Waycross, GA (Diploma, Associate)
Ozarks Technical Community College, Springfield, MO (Certificate, Associate)
Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, PA (Associate)
Piedmont Technical College, Greenwood, SC (Diploma)
Robert Morris College -Chicago, Chicago, IL (Associate)
Technical College of the Lowcountry, Beaufort, SC (Diploma)
Western Career College-San Jose, San Jose, CA (Diploma, Associate)
Yakima Valley Community College, Yakima, WA (Associate) 
Angelina College, Lufkin, TX (Certificate)  
Blinn College, Bryan, TX (Certificate)  
Brown Mackie College-Akron, Akron, OH (Associate)  
Brown Mackie College-Northern Kentucky, Fort Mitchell , KY (Associate)  
Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington, NC (Associate)  
Colorado Technical University-Denver North, Westminster, CO (Associate)  
Heart of Georgia Technical College, Dublin, GA (Diploma)  
National College-Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH (Associate)
National College-Stow, Stow, OH (Associate)  
National College-Youngstown, Youngstown, OH (Associate)