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In the Oct. 2011 Issue
CHEA Recognition Granted
Open Hearing Scheduled
CAAHEP Goes Even Greener
Accreditation Actions

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New Standards Approved


The CAAHEP Board approved three new sets of Standards at its September 16, 2011, meeting.


The 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, and the Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Human Lactation and Breastfeeding are in effect and have been posted to the CAAHEP website. Please see the Standards and Guidelines section of the site to view these new Standards.
AMA to Develop Online Version of Health Care Careers Director  


The Health Care Careers Directory, a popular AMA resource, will be made available in 2012 in a searchable database format. (The hardcopy book will continue to be printed as well.) Students will be able to find your program faster, and we'll be offering enhanced listings to help your program and institution reach thousands of potential applicants.


If you would like to participate in a short survey to gauge interest in this new product, please email us. We are particularly interested to know if allied health program directors and/or institutional officials would consider paying a fee for an expanded listing, to include additional program data, testimonials, videos, and a social media channel. 


President's Corner


Hugh Bonner, PhD, FASAHP


Greetings! I hope your semester is going well. It's amazing to think that we are already into October. In this President's column I would like to explain a little bit about how CAAHEP works because I know there is much confusion. Accredited programs communicate most directly with the Committee on Accreditation for their profession. But, ultimately, all programs are CAAHEP accredited. So, how does that work?


As the accrediting agency, CAAHEP delegates to its Board of Directors the final decision-making authority, as well as the responsibility for assuring that accreditation recommendations from the Committees on Accreditation (CoAs) follow due process and comply with the accreditation Standards. To do this, the CAAHEP Board meets six times per year to review accreditation recommendations brought forward by the different Committees on Accreditation. The process is thorough and fair, and procedures are in place to ensure the Board has adequate time to review the recommendations and ask questions from the recommending Committee on Accreditation, if necessary, to make an informed decision during the Board meeting.


When our CoAs send forward program recommendations that meet 100% of the Standards, they come to the Board with no citations. These programs are placed on the consent agenda, and the Board reviews the consent agenda and votes on these programs with one motion.


When the CoAs send forward programs that meet the Standards but with citations (deficiencies that need to be corrected, but do not alter the quality of the program), it is sometimes unclear on the circumstances causing the citations. Since the Board is ultimately responsible for the final oversight of all accreditation actions, and is responsible for any legal actions taken resulting from these decisions, at times the Board needs to go back to the CoAs to ask for additional background information on certain recommendations. If the Board needs greater insight to help us make the final decision on accreditation, we ask Theresa Sisneros, as the accreditation services liaison to the CoAs, to request more specifics surrounding the citations to clarify our decisions. Prior to the meeting, Theresa collects and provides the Board with the written responses received from the CoAs, so that Board members have an opportunity to review the data to establish an informed decision on the recommendation.


I want to assure the Committees on Accreditation and their volunteers that the Board's purpose in asking questions of our CoA partners is not to micro-manage the outstanding work done by the CoAs and their boards. We value the research and deliberations put into the CoAs' decisions, and we respect the integrity of their program reviews. We are simply trying to "close the loop," to understand the basis of the CoAs' decision, since the CAAHEP Board is ultimately responsible for all decisions on accreditation.


As the accrediting agency, it is ultimately the CAAHEP Board's responsibility to stand behind its decision on accreditation actions, and we appreciate our CoAs providing the details, responding to questions, and ensuring that the Board is making informed decisions.


At times the system may seem unwieldy. Frankly, at times it is! But it also assures our accredited programs that they will be treated in a consistent manner while being reviewed by experts in their field. It is the partnership between CAAHEP and the CoAs that makes this all possible.


Enjoy the coming autumn and, as always, feel free to contact CAAHEP with any questions or concerns. 


CHEA Grants CAAHEP Recognition


At its meeting on September 19-20, 2011, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation's Board of Directors reviewed the recommendation of the CHEA Committee on Recognition regarding the recognition application submitted by CAAHEP. The CHEA Board accepted the committee's recommendation and granted recognition to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. This recognition is a culmination of nearly two years of work by the CAAHEP staff and officers that included completing and having an application for eligibility approved to be considered for CHEA recognition, writing a self-study, and having a CHEA site visitor attend a CAAHEP Board meeting to observe CAAHEP's accreditation process at work. The process also included having then president, LaCheeta McPherson, and executive director, Kathleen Megivern, attend a CHEA hearing in Washington, DC, conducted by CHEA's Committee on Recognition, where the CAAHEP representatives were questioned on sections of the material that was submitted.


CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. Through its Recognition Policy and Procedures, CHEA holds institutional and programmatic accreditors responsible for meeting CHEA standards of quality. 

Open Hearing Scheduled


An Open Hearing for the proposed Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Diagnostic Medical Sonography will take place on Monday, October 31, 2011, at 12:00 PM (Eastern) via teleconference meeting. The proposed Standards can be viewed by following this link.  Written comments are welcomed and must be submitted to Kathleen Megivern by 5 PM (Eastern) on October 25, 2011. Those interested in participating in the Open Hearing Teleconference must pre-register and may do so by following this link.


CAAHEP Goes Even Greener!


CAAHEP has been in the forefront of efforts to "go green" for several years now with its online annual report, its electronic version of the Communique and various electronic tools for site visitors and our Committees on Accreditation. Now we take another step in our campaign to save yet a few more trees!  


CAAHEP meets six times each year in January, March, May, July, September, and November to take action on accreditation recommendations received from our Committees on Accreditation.  Beginning January 2012, CAAHEP will be distributing accreditation award letters to institutions and their CAAHEP-accredited programs electronically.  Presidents/CEOs, Deans/Administrators, and Program Directors will receive an email from CAAHEP that will include the electronic award letter.  In the case of adverse actions (withhold, withdraw and probation), institution personnel will also receive notification via certified mail.  Program Directors will still receive a CAAHEP accreditation certificate via regular mail.  Additionally, administrative notifications related to voluntary withdrawal, voluntary inactive status, and administrative probation will also be distributed electronically.   


In order to successfully implement this new system, it is extremely important for CAAHEP to have current contact information, including email addresses, for institution personnel.  Please remember to email with any changes related to contact information for Presidents/CEOs, Deans/Administrators, and Program Directors. 



Accreditation Actions


The following programs received CAAHEP accreditation at the September 16, 2011, Board of Directors Meeting. There are links directly to each accredited program's website.


Diagnostic Medical Sonography   


Crozer-Chester Medical Center (Keystone), Upland, PA (General) (Certificate)

Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA (General) (Certificate, Associate)

Lackawanna College, Scranton, PA (Vascular) (Associate)

Orange Coast College, Costa mesa, CA (General) (Associate)

St Catharine College, St Catharine, KY (Vascular) (Cardiac) (Associate) 


Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic  


Center for Emergency Medicine of Western PA, Pittsburgh, PA (Certificate, Baccalaureate)  

College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA (Certificate)  

Delaware Technical and Community College - Terry Campus, Dover, DE (Diploma, Certificate)  

Florida Gateway College, Lake City, FL (Certificate, Associate)  

Greenville Technical College, Greenville, SC (Associate)  

Gulf Coast State College, Panama City, FL (Certificate, Associate)  

Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Campus, Harrisburg, PA (Certificate)  

Ivy Tech Community College-Columbus, Columbus, IN (Associate)

Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA (Associate)  

Lehigh Valley Health Network (Hospital), Allentown, PA (Certificate)  

Northern Virginia Community College, Springfield, VA (Associate)  

Northland Community and Technical College, East Grand Forks, MN (Associate)  

Rochester Community and Technical College, Rochester, MN (Diploma, Associate)  

South Plains College, Lubbock, TX (Certificate, Associate)  

Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach, VA (Certificate)  

University of Arkansas at Monticello, Monticello, AR (Certificate, Associate)  

University of Arkansas Community College Batesville, Batesville, AR (Associate)  

University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL (Certificate, Baccalaureate)  

University of Texas at Brownsville, Brownsville, TX (Associate)

Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin, TN (Certificate, Associate)

Wallace State Community College, Hanceville, AL (Diploma, Certificate)  

Walters State Community College, Morristown, TN (Certificate)  

Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH (Certificate)



Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, Martinsburg, WV (Certificate)

Great Plains Technology Center, Lawton, OK (Certificate)  

Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services, Dacula, GA (Certificate)  

Harrison County Hospital Paramedic Consortium, Corydon, IN (Certificate)  

Lakeshore Technical College, Cleveland, WI (Diploma, Associate)  

Lone Star College-Cy Fair, Cypress, TX (Certificate)  

Mesabi Range Community and Technical College, Eveleth, MN (Associate)  

Montana State University Great Falls, Great Falls, MT (Certificate, Associate)  

Nassau County Fire Police EMS Academy at NUMC -, East Meadow, NY (Certificate)



Wharton County Junior College, Wharton, TX (Certificate, Associate)


Exercise Science


Metropolitan State College of Denver, Denver, CO (Baccalaureate)


Medical Assisting


Everest College-Vancouver, Vancouver, WA (Associate) (Diploma)  

Moore Norman Technology Center, Norman, OK (Diploma)  

National American University-Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO (Associate)  

National American University-Denver, Denver, CO (Associate)  

Ridgewater College, Willmar, MN (Diploma)  

Savannah Technical College, Savannah, GA (Diploma)  

South University, Columbia, SC (Associate)

Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville, IL (Certificate)  

Thompson Institute, Philadelphia, PA (Diploma)  

Tri-County Technical College, Pendleton, SC (Diploma)  

Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood, PA (Diploma)  

Yakima Valley Community College, Yakima, WA (Certificate)



Central Lakes College, Staples, MN (Diploma)  

Coffeyville Community College, Coffeyville, KS (Associate)  

Highland Community College, Freeport, IL (Associate)  

Medtech College-Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN (Associate)  

Washington County Community College, Calais, ME (Associate)


Polysomnographic Technology


Central Florida Institute, Palm Harbor, FL (Associate)



Linn Benton Community College, Albany, OR (Certificate)  

Montgomery County Community College- Takoma Park, Takoma Park, MD (Certificate)


Surgical Technology


Everest College-Thornton, Thornton, CO (Associate)