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In the Dec. 2011 Issue
Social Media: Promoting CAAHEP Professions and Progams
Scholarship Named for Former CAAHEP Commissioner
Accreditation Actions

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New DMS Standards Approved


The CAAHEP Board of Directors approved a new set of Standards at its November 19, 2011 meeting.
The Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Diagnostic Medical Sonography were approved and will become effective January 1, 2012. Please see the Standards and Guidelines section of the CAAHEP website after the first of the year to view these new Standards.
Write if You Want (Team)Work 


A new initiative from Columbia University is seeking to use the power of the written word to help build mutual respect and teamwork among healthcare professions. Supported by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, the project involves selected students and faculty from four schools at Columbia (in dentistry, medicine, public health, and nursing) and uses methods from the Narrative Medicine Program to break down the walls that divide the professions.


The initiative speaks to the need for a cultural transformation in health professions education and practice. What do you think? Does this approach offer potential for better inter-professional collaboration? Would this be something that could work to bring unity and improved communication skills to allied health? Send your comments to Comments will be summarized and printed in a future issue of AMA MedEd Update, the monthly email newsletter of the American Medical Association.  

President's Corner


Hugh Bonner, PhD, FASAHP


CAAHEP, an Incredible Resource


Last September, at the Association of Specialized & Professional Accreditors'  Workshop in Atlanta, Jennifer Anderson-Warwick, who represents both the ARC-AA and CoAEMSP, and I "brainstormed" about the value-added resource CAAHEP provides both the CoA's as well as our sponsors. Jennifer cleverly labeled our discussion, "CAAHEP, an Incredible Resource." We sent our ideas on to Kathy Megivern to get a better understanding of what it costs to obtain certain basic services, as well as the cost to CAAHEP to provide our partners other intangible opportunities.


 From a financial perspective, our partners gain a significant advantage by being a part of the CAAHEP system rather than being a stand-alone association. The annual cost of several "mundane, but essential activities" such as Board Liability Insurance ($7,000), legal services costs ($10,000), Go-to-Meeting activities ($5,000), and the important third-party CHEA recognition ($6,000) are significant by themselves.


But the more intangible values of being a part of CAAHEP - those items that do not provide quantifiable outcomes but are extremely important to our partners - are reported as costs to CAAHEP. For example, the annual contributions from CAAHEP to provide scholarships for CoA personnel to attend the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) staff development workshops is approximately $5,000; the Committees on Accreditation Leadership Workshop in January and the CoA Summer Workshop cost CAAHEP about $60,00 for each program. These services provide networking opportunities and the chance to exchange best practices information among peer CoAs and other professionals in the accreditation arena. Unfortunately, the outcomes of these dialogues are not measurable other than participant satisfaction and good will. When placing a price next to each of these value-added items, Jennifer cleverly labeled this item as "Priceless!"


Perhaps the most valuable resource CAAHEP provides is an accreditation process that is truly autonomous from the professional association in each field. "Undue influence" of professional associations in the accreditation process is often what gives specialized accreditation a "bad name" among the leadership of schools and colleges. The CAAHEP process assures that no one profession will be able to exert such inappropriate influence over accreditation decisions.


Students of programs accredited through CAAHEP are assured that the program has undergone an independent review to insure the program meets the nationally-recognized Standards for preparing competent entry-level practitioners in each profession.


It's only because of the support of every organization associated with CAAHEP that we are able to provide these invaluable services.


CAAHEP Staff News




Congratulations and best wishes to Cynthia Jackson-McNeill! You may know her as Cynthia Powell, CAAHEP's Executive Assistant and Meeting Planner for the past six years (she's also the friendly voice you most often hear when you call the CAAHEP office). On November 12, 2011, Cynthia married Charles McNeill in a ceremony in Apopka, Florida. Mr. McNeill is currently a newspaper publisher in Albany, Georgia, and the couple will have a "commuter marriage" alternating weekends between Florida and Georgia for the near term.


Congratulations, too, to Kathleen Megivern, CAE, CAAHEP Executive Director, who has met the mandatory continuing education and professional requirements to renew her Certified Association Executive designation awarded by the American Society of Association Executives.



Social Media: Promoting CAAHEP Professions and Programs 


The popularity of social media provides a multitude of avenues to promote professions, events, and yes, even CAAHEP programs. You may recall the recent YouTube video ASPA developed, "Specialized and Professional Accreditation: What Should I Know?," on behalf of its 61 members (including CAAHEP), which helps prospective students protect their tuition dollars by helping them learn what to ask about accreditation before they enroll in school. Many of the professions in which CAAHEP accredits programs have also created YouTube videos to promote their profession, including the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists. The AAOP video was shared with the attendees at the CAAHEP Annual Meeting last April and provides a thorough overview of the orthotists and prosthetists profession. Then, there are the CAAHEP accredited programs that use social media to promote their programs and attract potential students. CAAHEP was recently contacted by former Board Member, Joseph Long, Surgical Technology Program Director at Lansing Community College, who shared a link to a YouTube offering promoting his CAAHEP-accredited Surgical Technology program.


If your profession or CAAHEP-accredited program is being promoted through YouTube or other social media site, CAAHEP would appreciate you sharing the link. Please forward your organization's or program's link to Lorna Frazier-Lindsey.

Scholarship Named for Former CAAHEP Commissioner


The memory of Janell Lang, a former CAAHEP Commissioner representing the National Network of Health Career Programs in Two Year Colleges (NN2), is being honored by the Health Professions Network (HPN) with the HPN Janell Lang Memorial Scholarship. Janell passed away on October 5, 2011.   

Janell held many volunteer leadership positions throughout her career. In addition to serving as a CAAHEP Commissioner, she served as President of NN2 and on the Board of Directors of the Health Professions Network.  She was a member of the National Council of Institutional Administrators, the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, the American College Health Association, and the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges. 


The HPN Janell Lang Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a high school student member of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) who is entering a post-secondary health professions education program.


If you would like to honor Janell's lifetime dedication to allied health education by contributing to this scholarship fund, the HPN Janell Lang Memorial Scholarship is accepting donations via credit card or check.


Visit the following link for additional information or to donate to the HPN Janell Lang Memorial Scholarship.


Accreditation Actions


The following programs received CAAHEP accreditation at the November 18, 2011, Board of Directors Meeting. There are links directly to each accredited program's website.


Cardiovascular Technology


Medical Education and Training Campus (METC), Ft. Sam Houston, TX (Invasive Cardiovascular Technology) (Certificate)


Diagnostic Medical Sonography


Baker College of Auburn Hill, Auburn Hills, MI (General) (Cardiac) (Associate)

Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA (General) (Associate)

Central Ohio Technical College, Newark, OH (General) (Cardiac) (Vascular) (Associate)

Greenville Technical College, Greenville, SC (General) (Associate)

Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Lancaster, PA (General) (Certificate, Associate)

Lone Star College-Cy Fair, Cypress, TX (General) (Vascular) (Cardiac) (Certificate, Associate)  



Hazard Community and Technical College, Hazard, KY (General) (Vascular) (Associate)

Hillyard Technical Center, St. Joseph, MO (General) (Vascular) (Certificate)

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

Polk State College, Winter Haven, FL (General) (Associate)

Sanford Brown Institute-White Plains, White Plains, NY (General) (Certificate)

Santa Fe College, Gainesville, FL (General) (Certificate)


Electroneurodiagnostic Technology  


Alvin Community College, Alvin, TX (Certificate, Associate)


Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic


Capital Community College, Hartford, CT (Certificate)

Colorado Mountain College, Edwards, CO (Certificate, Associate)

Denver Health Medical Center, Denver, CO (Certificate)

Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, IN (Certificate)

Ivy Tech Community College, Kokomo, IN (Associate)

St. John's University, Fresh Meadows, NY (Certificate)

Trident Technical College, Charleston, SC (Diploma, Certificate)

University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD (Diploma)



California State University-CSUS Prehospital Education Program, Sacramento, CA (Certificate)

F-M Ambulance-North Dakota State College of Sciences, Wahpeton, ND (Certificate, Associate)




University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT (Masters)


Polysomnographic Technology 


Pueblo Community College, Pueblo, CO (Certificate)


Surgical Assisting


Wayne County Community College-Western Campus, Belleville, MI (Certificate)


Surgical Technology


A.I. Prince CTHS, Hartford, CT (Certificate)

Canadian Valley Technology Center, Chickasha, OK (Diploma)

EHOVE Adult Career Center, Milan, OH (Certificate)

Fortis College-Orange Park, Orange Park, FL (Associate)

Harrison College-Indianapolis East Campus, Indianapolis, IN (Associate)

Keiser Career College-Miami Lakes, Miami Lakes, FL (Associate)

Keiser Career College-St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, FL (Associate)

Miami-Jacobs Career College, Dayton, OH (Associate)

National College-Louisville, Louisville, KY (Associate)

Owensboro Community and Technical College, Owensboro, KY (Diploma)

Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth, FL (Certificate)

Washburn Institute of Technology, Topeka, KS (Certificate)

West Virginia Northern Community College, Wheeling, WV (Certificate, Associate)



Fortis College-Westerville, Westerville, OH (Associate)

Fortis Institute-Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, TX (Diploma)

North-West College, West Covina, CA (Diploma)

Suwannee-Hamilton Technical Center, Live Oak, FL (Certificate)

Virginia College of Greenville, Greenville, SC (Associate)

Virginia College-Augusta, Augusta, GA (Associate)

Virginia College-Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL (Associate)