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In the June 2011 Issue
CAAHEP Announces New Officers
Meet the New CAAHEP Board Members
Breaking News - CHEA Update
CAAHEP President Visits Capitol Hill
Accreditation Actions

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Open Hearing Scheduled


An Open Hearing for three different proposed Standards is scheduled for July 22, 2011, beginning at 5:30 PM (EDT), at the Sheraton Crystal City, in Arlington, VA. Electronic participation in the Hearing will be available for those who wish to participate but cannot attend in person. Please visit the CAAHEP website for details.


Open Hearing Schedule:


Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician


Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Anesthesia Technology


Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Human Lactation and Breastfeeding 


The proposed Standards for these professions are posted on the CAAHEP website for public review and comments. Comments on the Standards are due to Kathy Megivern no later than July 15, 2011.

Message from the President

LaCheeta McPherson

LaCheeta McPherson, PhD

As I reflect back over the two years that I have served as the CAAHEP President, I realize that I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to represent and participate in such a forward-thinking organization. 


A couple of weeks ago I had the honor of attending and speaking at the Institute of Medicine's Workshop on Allied Health Workforce and Services. In order to 'set the stage' for the meeting, a document published in 1989 by the IOM, "Allied Health Services-Avoiding Crisis" was distributed.  Despite the fact that this document was nearly 25 years old, many of the recommendations found in the report ring true today. Many of the issues identified in 1989 continue to be issues today.


The report called for alternative pathways to entry-level practice, mobility between community colleges and baccalaureate programs and creativity in educational approaches. Directly related to accreditation and certification, the report recommended that boards should have a broad base membership from a variety of professions including the public, education, field experts and health administration. 


During the IOM meeting, speakers called for valid and timely data, interdisciplinary teamwork and an understanding of the roles of each profession within the healthcare framework.  Regarding allied health accreditation, specifically, the planning committee asked for well prepared site visitors, streamlining of the accreditation process, including self studies, and reviewing programs for outcomes, not process.  It was noted that many programmatic accreditors are organized within the silo of their professional and credentialing groups, thus lack a true third party structure.


CAAHEP models the recommended characteristics cited in the IOM meeting and report. Our various levels of programs, (i.e. technician, assistant) within  a profession supports the careers pathway model.  Our "Spotlight on a Profession" presentations provide us with an understanding of the roles that professions serve. The diverse make up of our Board of Directors address the call for broad-based representation within our community of interest.  Our data platform and outcomes based process speaks to the need for credible data and we truly have a third party structure.  CAAHEP and the CoAs have worked diligently in preparing a qualified pool of site visitors.


So, in closing I want to thank the CAAHEP community...the CoAs and programs, the Board of Directors, the volunteers for our various committees, the liaisons and of course the staff, for making CAAHEP the stellar accreditor that it is, and for  providing me with a wonderful experience.  My replacement will be Dr. Hugh Bonner.  I have known and worked with Dr. Bonner for many years. He is dedicated to allied health education and the CAAHEP organization. I know that he will be a great president.  

CAAHEP Announces 2011-2012 Officers

At its Annual Meeting of Commissioners in Memphis, Tennessee, April 10-11, 2011, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) elected new members onto its Board of Directors for the 2011-2012 term of office.  In addition, the Officers of the Board of Directors for next year were also selected. 



Hugh Bonner, PhD

Effective July 1, 2011, Hugh Bonner, PhD, will begin his term in office as President of CAAHEP. Dr. Bonner is Dean of the College of Health Professions at SUNY Upstate Medical University, in Syracuse, NY.  Prior to his position at SUNY, Dr. Bonner served as associate dean for the School of Allied Health at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and program director in health affairs for Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  He earned a doctorate from University of California at Berkeley, a master's degree from California State University, and bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Bonner has served on the CAAHEP Board as a Commissioner from the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions for the past 5 years. He has been a committee member of the Performance Oversight Committee and served as Chair of the Planning and Development Committee. He also is the CAAHEP Board Liaison to the Accreditation Review Committee for the Anesthesiologist Assistant.



Cameron Harris, RPSGT


Cameron Harris, RPSGT, the Commissioner from the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists, will serve as Vice President of CAAHEP this coming year.  Mr. Harris is from Rochester, MN, and is Operations Manager of the Center for Sleep Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. He was initially elected to the CAAHEP Board in July 2010. He was a charter member of the Committee on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technologist Education (CoA-PSG) where he served as vice president, president and secretary/treasurer.  He is also the liaison to the Committee on Accreditation for Anesthesia Technologist Education, one of the new professions in which CAAHEP will accredit programs.  He is a member of the CAAHEP Planning and Development Committee. 


Kerry Weinberg, MPA,




Kerry Weinberg, MPA, RT(R), RDMS, RDS, who was elected in April to serve a second three-year term on the Board will serve as the Board Secretary this next year. Ms. Weinberg is the Commissioner from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagonsitc Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS). She has served on the CAAHEP Governance Committee and as Chair of the Performance Oversight Committee.  Prior to serving on the Board, she participated in a number of CAAHEP task forces, including the task force that developed the CAAHEP Site Visitor Quiz. Ms. Weinberg is the Clinical Associate Professor and Program Director of Diagnostic Medical Sonography at New York University.



Calvin Harris, EdD

Public Member Commissioner, Calvin Harris, EdD, of Clearwater, FL, who is in his second term on the CAAHEP Board, will continue his role as Treasurer for the next year. Dr. Harris is retired from St. Petersburg College, where he held numerous positions, the last being Provost-Special Programs/ International Education for St. Petersburg College.  He was also a former social studies instructor for Seminole High School and Chair of the Pinellas County Commission, Pinellas County, Florida.  Dr. Harris serves on the CAAHEP Governance Committee, and Planning and Development Committee. He is also a former member of the CAAHEP Performance Oversight Committee. 




Meet the New CAAHEP Board Members

The following Commissioners were elected to the CAAHEP Board during the Annual Meeting this past April.  The begin their term of office July 1, 2011.

Bernard Cohen

Bernard Cohen, PhD, DABNM, FASNM


Bernard Cohen, PhD, DABNM, FASNM, who is the Commissioner representing the American Society of Neurophysiological Monitoring, was elected to fill a position as a representative of a sponsoring organization on the Board.  Dr. Cohen has served as a CAAHEP Commissioner for six years for the Committee on Accreditation for Education in Electroneurodiagnostic Technology (CoA-End). He served the CoA-END as Vice Chair and is currently one of CAAHEP's generalist site visitors.  Dr. Cohen is the Founder and Managing Director of Neurological Monitoring Associates, LLC, in Milwaukee, WI. 

Barry Eckert

Barry Eckert, PhD



Barry Eckert, PhD, was elected to serve as a Board representative for the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP). Dr. Eckert has been a dean of allied health programs for 15 years and currently serves on the ASAHP Board of Directors. He is also a site visitor for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE).  He is presently Dean, School of Health Professions at Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus. Prior to that, Dr. Eckert was Dean, College of Health Professions at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia.

Alan Marco

Alan Marco, MD, MMM, CPE, FACPE



In addition, Alan Marco, MD, MMM, CPE, FACPE, was appointed by the CAAHEP Board to fill a vacated position, representing a Committee on Accreditation. Dr. Marco serves as the Vice Chairman of the Accreditation Review Committee - Anesthesiologist Assistants (ARC-AA), and is the Chairman of Anesthesiology, Residency Program Director, Clinical Service Chief at the University of Toledo in Ohio. 



These Commissioners join the returning members of the CAAHEP Board:  Cynthia R. Butters, RN, EdD; Claire Chandler, AAC; Susan Fuchs, MD; Jinny Gender; Kathleen Jung, MS, F(AMI), CMI; LaCheeta McPherson, PhD, MLS(ASCP)cm; Kalyani A. Naik, MS, SCT(ASCP); and, John H. Padgett, Jr., PhD.


The first meeting of the 2011-2012 CAAHEP Board will be held July 18 and 19, 2011, in Arlington, Virginia, followed by the CoA Summer Workshop.




Breaking News!  CHEA Update


On June 13, LaCheeta McPherson and Kathy Megivern attended the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) hearing on CAAHEP's recognition. The hearing was held in Washington, DC, and was conducted by CHEA's Committee on Recognition. That Committee will make a recommendation to the CHEA Board concerning CAAHEP's application for renewal of recognition.


The questioning was generally friendly and Committee members commended CAAHEP on several sections of the materials we had submitted. Other accreditors on the agenda were closely quizzed about whether they truly were "autonomous" from sponsoring organizations, but the Committee had no such concerns when it came to CAAHEP. It is our hope that a positive recommendation will go from this Committee to the CHEA Board of Directors for a vote at their September meeting. We will keep you posted.


CAAHEP President Visits Capitol Hill on Behalf of EMS Professionals 


On May 4 in Washington, D.C., 145 EMS professionals from 39 states and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico advocated for EMS at the second annual EMS on the Hill Day. The event was hosted by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) to help ensure that emergency medical services (EMS) has a strong voice in the nation's capitol and in government decisions that affect its practitioners and their ability to provide quality patient care to their patients. President LaCheeta McPherson attended this event to represent CAAHEP and the importance of EMS program accreditation.


Participants met with more than 217 U.S. Senators, House Representatives, and their congressional staff. With a new Congress, it was critical that EMS professionals educate their legislators in the Senate and House of Representatives on EMS issues and advocate for the passage of key EMS legislation. Building upon the success of last year's event, EMS on the Hill Day 2011 included representation from all sectors of the EMS community, sent a consistent message to elected leaders on the important issues facing EMS in our country, and gave EMS professionals the opportunity to build and strengthen relationships with congressional leaders.


The program included a pre-Hill Visit briefing to prepare participants for visiting Congressional leaders, as well as a reception, hosted by NAEMT, for all participants, congressional leaders and staff, and federal agency staff.


"EMS on the Hill Day is a unique event that provides the opportunity for EMS professionals to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill. Members of Congress want to hear from their constituents about issues that matter," says Connie A. Meyer, NAEMT President. "I am pleased that so many EMS professionals made it a priority to come to Washington, D.C. The more EMS professionals who participate in EMS on the Hill Day, the louder our national voice."


Accreditation Actions


The following programs received CAAHEP accreditation at the May 20, 2011, Board of Directors Meeting:


Cardiovascular Technology

Sanford Brown College-Middleburg Heights - Adult Echocardiography, Middleburg Heights, OH (Associate)


Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Baptist Memorial College of Health Science, Memphis, TN (General) (Baccalaureate)
Baptist Memorial College of Health Science, Memphis, TN (Vascular) (Baccalaureate)
Houston Community College System, Houston, TX (General) (Certificate)
Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences, Richmond, CA (General) (Certificate)

Kaiser Permanente School of Allied Health Sciences, Richmond, CA (Cardiac) (Certificate)
Lurleen B Wallace Community College, Opp, AL (General) (Certificate)
Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, PA (General) (Associate)
New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, NY (General) (Certificate)
Sanford Brown College-Fenton, Fenton, MO (General) (Associate)
Sanford Brown Institute-Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (General) (Associate)


Electroneurodiagnostic Technology
Medical Education and Training Campus, Ft. Sam Houston, TX (Certificate)


St Petersburg College, Pinellas Park, FL (Baccalaureate)
University of Washington, Seattle, WA (Baccalaureate)

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (Masters)


Polysomnographic Technology
Bowling Green Technical College, Bowling Green, KY (Certificate)
J Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Richmond, VA (Certificate)
Wallace State Community College, Hanceville, AL (Certificate)


Surgical Technology
Atlantic Cape Community College, Mays Landing, NJ (Certificate)
Baptist Health Schools Little Rock , Little Rock, AR (Diploma)
Brown Mackie College-Michigan City, Michigan City, IN (Associate)
Career Networks Institute, Orange, CA (Diploma)
Carrington College California-Citrus Heights, Citrus Heights, CA (Certificate, Associate)
Carrington College California-San Jose, San Jose, CA (Diploma, Associate)
Community Care College, Tulsa, OK (Diploma, Associate)
Concorde Career Institute-Miramar, Miramar, FL (Diploma)
Covenant Health System, Lubbock, TX (Certificate)
Des Moines Area Community College-Urban/Des Moines Campus, Des Moines, IA (Diploma)
Durham Technical Community College, Durham, NC (Diploma)
Horry Georgetown Technical College, Conway, SC (Certificate)
Ivy Tech Community College-Evansville, Evansville, IN (Associate)
Keiser Career College-Greenacres, Greenacres, FL (Associate)
Lanier Technical College-Oakwood, Oakwood, GA (Diploma, Associate)
McCann School of Business and Technology-Dickson City, Dickson City, PA (Associate)
McCann School of Business and Technology-Hazelton, Hazelton, PA (Associate)
Miller-Motte College-Cary, Cary, NC (Associate)
Moore Norman Technology Center, Norman, OK (Diploma)
Moultrie Technical College-Tifton, Tifton, GA (Diploma)
National College-Florence, Florence, KY (Associate)
National College-Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN (Associate)
Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester, MA (Certificate)
Robeson Community College, Lumberton, NC (Diploma)
South Plains College, Lubbock, TX (Certificate, Associate)
Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Mkt Consortium, Herrin, IL (Certificate)
Trocaire College, Buffalo, NY (Associate)
Virginia College at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL (Associate)

Medix School-West, Baltimore, MD (Diploma)
MedVance Institute-Houston North, Houston, TX (Diploma)