In the October 2010 Issue
CAAHEP Calendar of Events
NREMT Executive Director Honored
ASPA Names New Executive Director
Health Care Careers e-Letter Available
Spotlight on: Cytotechnology
Get in Tune with the Future of Higher Education
Accreditation Actions
CAAHEP Calendar of Events
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

March 2011
CAAHEP Board of Directors Conference Call Meeting

April 2011
8th-9th:  CAAHEP Board of Directors Meeting, Memphis, TN

  CAAHEP Annual Meeting, Memphis, TN

May 2011
20th:  CAAHEP Board of Directors
Conference Call Meeting

NREMT Executive Director Honored
The National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) honored National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Executive Director William E. Brown, Jr., RN, MS, NREMT-P, with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2010 NAEMSE Educational Symposium & Trade Show in Schaumberg, IL, which was held September 7-12, 2010.

In the fifteen-year history of the NAEMSE, the organization has only awarded three other Lifetime Achievement Awards. Nominations for this award were taken from Mr. Brown's peers; a committee of NAEMSE members then chose Mr. Brown as the recipient prior to the Symposium.

Mr. Brown has been with the NREMT for 25 years, first being appointed the Advanced Level Certification Coordinator, and also serving as a Registry Representative. In just four year's time, he rose to the position of Executive Director. Since then, Mr. Brown has been a part of many national committees and has spoken about the NREMT and/or national EMS initiatives in all 50 states.

ASPA Names New Executive Director
The Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) has announced the appointment of Joseph Vibert as its new Executive Director. ASPA is the only national voice representing specialized and professional accrediting organizations. Mr. Vibert brings over two decades of experience in accreditation, credentialing, education and administration to ASPA. He will succeed previous Executive Director Cynthia Davenport beginning January 1, 2011. Ms. Davenport is retiring after 16 years of valued service as ASPA's first Executive Director. Ms. Davenport and Mr. Vibert will work closely during the transition to ensure that ASPA continues to build on the strong foundations that have been developed for the organization.

In related news, ASPA is pleased to announce the establishment of the Cynthia A. Davenport Award as the highest award presented to a member of ASPA or Friend of ASPA for superior effort on behalf of specialized and professional accreditors. The inaugural Award was presented to its namesake on September 12, 2010, in recognition of her 16 years of exceptional service as the founding Executive Director of ASPA.

Health Care Careers
e-Letter Available
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Here are some of the highlights from recent issues:


·    Enrolling minority students is just half the picture--institutions of higher learning must also work to improve graduation rates

·    New federal funding to support rural health workforce

·    Number of students majoring in kinesiology grew 50 percent from 2003 to 2008

·    Vacancy rate for radiographers continues to decline, now at 2.1 percent

·    "Hero on the Hudson": Hospitals can learn from aviation's lead in safety

·    Have we reached the bottom of hospital cutbacks?

·    Retraining laid-off workers for careers in health care presents some vexing issues

·    New kit offers "Medicare 101" resources for future health professionals

·    Racial-ethnic diversity of US health professionals has not kept pace with demographic changes in the nation as a whole


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

For the month of September I attended three meetings on behalf of CAAHEP: the CCCLW, the Coordinating Council on the Clinical Laboratory Workforce at Chicago's O'Hare airport; the Health Professions Network's Workforce Summit also at Chicago's O'Hare airport and NCOPE's fall meeting in Orlando. What is evident in these meetings is a profound desire by a group of various allied health professions to come together, discuss issues impacting their professions and determine the best course of action based upon research and best practices.  In fact these meetings were a reflection of what CAAHEP represents...striving for quality, bringing diverse views to a table for discussion, looking at and for best practices and always keeping in mind what is best for students, programs and the professions under the CAAHEP umbrella.


I am also reminded that CAAHEP's success in accrediting such a diverse roster of allied health professions would not be possible without a dedicated staff and most importantly the countless hours of work provided by the volunteers for CAAHEP. As such I want to recognize the Committees on Accreditation liaisons that are the "face" for CAAHEP.  We continue to increase the liaison's workload and responsibility and they all eagerly respond. Thank you, liaisons, for your hard work and continued support.


We received good news in September from CHEA, the Council on Higher Education Accreditation. CAAHEP is seeking re-recognition from this organization. The process is very similar to reaccreditation, with a self study and site visit but with a few extra steps. We received official notice that our application for eligibility has been approved and our scope of practice has been expanded. We can now begin the next steps that will result in a site visit to our January 2011 meeting. Congratulations to Kathy Megivern and her staff for preparing an excellent application report to achieve this important first step.


Congratulations are extended to the Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education. The proposed standards for their profession were approved by the CAAHEP Board in August.  I also want to mention that we will begin highlighting professions, with a column entitled "Spotlight on Professions" in each issue of our Communiqué.  Our profession this issue is Cytotechnology. 


At the end of October, the CAAHEP board plans to have a retreat in Tampa, Florida for strategic planning.  In my next Communiqué message I will share with you the outcomes of this planning retreat.

Spotlight on:  Cytotechnology
Prepared by Deborah McIntyre, CPRC Coordinator, and Members of the Cytotechnology Programs review Committee

In the pioneer days of diagnostic pathology, it was the rare pathologist who did not have an associate who, although aiding throughout the process from patient to microscope, had little or no formal training. These first technical "assistants" were always the product of apprentice-type training. Some of the earliest "assistants" of pathologists working in cytology were those trained by Dr. George N. Papanicolaou, famed pioneer of the GYN Pap smear (or test). These individuals were initially referred to as cytologic technicians and subsequently as cytotechnologists. We owe much to these individuals, who not only paved the way for the development of an exciting subspecialty, but were also critical in defining the art and science of cytopathology. Gynecologic (Pap test) screening, fine needle aspiration cytology, and currently molecular diagnostics have been made possible and advanced through their efforts, in collaboration with the cytopathologists and scientist communities.

As the number of cytotechnologists and "apprentice programs" grew, a need for certification arose. In order to meet this need, the Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) offered the cytology technician examination for the first time in 1957. Five years later, the Essentials of an Acceptable School for Cytotechnologists were developed by the ASCP and adopted by the House of Delegates of the AMA. In 1975, the American Society of Cytology (currently the American Society of Cytopathology or ASC) was recognized as the organization that would collaborate with the AMA Council on Medical Education. To fulfill this role, the ASC formed the Cytotechnology Programs Review Committee (CPRC). Today, the CPRC serves as the Committee on Accreditation (CoA) of all CAAHEP-accredited cytotechnology training programs.

Cytotechnology is an allied health speciality offering many exciting possibilities for those interested in a career in patient care, science, and research. Simply put, cytotechnologists are cell detectives who play a crucial role in the discovery of disease processes using a microscope to examine and study human cells. They are trained to search for morphologic abnormalities such as cancerous cells, pre-cancerous cells and/or infectious organisms. Most notably, cytotechnologists are responsible for the screening and often complete interpretation of the Pap test, caring for millions of women annually. This classical role has significantly expanded of late, in part due to the growth of technology and services offered throughout laboratory medicine. Cytotechnologists today play pivotal roles in molecular diagnostics, quality assurance and hospital risk reduction, administration, and education (as pathology residents, cytopathology fellows and cytotechnology students). Cytotechnologists are employed in hospitals, private laboratories, university medical centers, government facilities, and industry settings. Currently, there are 33 accredited programs in Cytotechnology in the United States and Puerto Rico, offering baccalaureate, post-baccalaureate (certificate) and Master level programs.

Unfortunately, the number of cytotechnology programs has steadily decreased from 48 programs in 2005 to 33 programs in 2010, due mainly to financial constraints and uncertainties about the future of the profession. In April 2009, cytotechnology educators convened to assess the current state of cytotechnology education and begin the process of collaboratively designing a bold and innovative plan to ensure its strong future. Key issues were identified and blended into a Future Cytopathology Summit, which occurred in November 2009, examining the evolving role of the entire field of cytopathology and where the future of our professional community lies. Although the economic downturn and public perception remain challenges today, the outlook for the profession is truly positive. Opportunities continue to grow in molecular research and diagnostic testing, clinician and patient interaction via on-site fine needle aspiration review, informatics, and roles within hospital leadership and quality/performance improvement. As with the light microscope to which we owe much, the future is a bright one indeed.

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Mark your calendars now and be sure not to miss CAAHEP's 2011 Annual Meeting. Our theme this year is Memphis Beat: In Tune with the Future of Higher Education, where the program will address issues and concerns in accreditation and higher education.  The meeting is slated for April 10-11, 2011, at the Westin Memphis Beale Street, in Memphis, Tennessee.  CAAHEP has secured a room rate of $175. Additional details will be available on the CAAHEP website soon.
Accreditation Actions
The following programs received Accreditation at the September 17, 2010, Board of Directors Meeting:

Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ (General) (Associate)
Bergen Community College, Paramus, NJ (Cardiac) (Associate)
Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, Hudson, NC (General) (Associate)
Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, Hudson, NC (Cardiac) (Associate)
Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington, NC (General) (Associate)
Louisiana State University - Eunice, Eunice, LA (General) (Certificate)
Montgomery County Community College - Takoma Park, Takoma Park, MD (Cardiac) (Associate)
Montgomery County Community College - Takoma Park, Takoma Park, MD (General) (Associate)
Montgomery County Community College - Takoma Park, Takoma Park, MD (Vascular) (Associate)
Angelina College, Lufkin, TX (General) (Associate)
Great Lakes Institute of Technology, Erie, PA (General) (Diploma)
Jefferson Community and Technical College - Louisville, Louisville, KY (General) (Associate)
Jefferson Community and Technical College - Louisville, Louisville, KY (Vascular) (Associate)
Oklahoma State University - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City, OK (Cardiac) (Associate)
Sanford Brown Institute - Garden City, Garden City, NY (General) (Certificate)
Sanford Brown Institute - Landover, Landover, MD (General) (Certificate)
Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA (General) (Certificate)
Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, MA (General) (Associate)
Emergency Medical Services Professional

Central New Mexico Community College, Albuquerque, NM (Associate)
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN (Certificate)
Jersey City Medical Center EMS, Jersey City, NJ (Certificate, Associate)
Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, WY (Associate)
Napa Valley College, Napa, CA (Certificate, Associate)
Pelham Training, Bloomington, IN (Certificate)
Ridgewater College - Willmar Campus, Willmar, MN (Diploma, Certificate, Associate)
Medical Assistant

EHOVE Career Center, Milan, OH (Certificate)
Ivy Tech Community College - Kokomo, Kokomo, IN (Associate)
Ivy Tech Community College - Kokomo, Kokomo, IN (Certificate)
Midlands Technical College, West Columbia, SC (Certificate)
Central Arizona College, Apache Junction, AZ (Associate)
College of the Mainland, League City, TX (Certificate)
Harrison College - Elkhart, Elkhart, IN (Associate)
Kaplan University, Chicago, IL (Associate)
Lone Star College - North Harris, Houston, TX (Certificate)
Cincinnati State Technical Community College, Cincinnati, OH (Certificate)
Technical Institute of Camden County, Sicklerville, NJ (Diploma)

Surgical Technology

Northcentral Technical College, Wausau, WI (Diploma)