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April 2012
Higher Education Compliance Alliance Website Created
Work Force Needs and Education Programs
New Near Miss/Line of Duty Death Online Reporting Tool
Accreditation Actions

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In Memoriam


CAAHEP regrets to report that Jana Paulauskis, the wife of CAAHEP past president Greg Paulauskis, PhD, RRT, RCP, FAARC, died April 4, 2012. Mrs. Paulauskis, of Great Falls, MT, was a speech, language and hearing pathologists. Dr. Paulauskis is director of health sciences at Montana State University College of Technology.




CAAHEP Annual Meeting


The 2012 CAAHEP Annual Meeting, will be held April 29-30, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency LaJolla, in San Diego, California, where the theme is "Flying Through Challenging Skies." It's not too late to register. Please visit the CAAHEP website for meeting schedule and registration information.       




Neurodiagnostic Week


April 15-21 is Neurodiagnostic Week! The week-long event is an opportunity to recognize the professionals in the field, promote  neurodiagnostic awareness, and to educate others, about and recruit new students into the profession. The Neurodiagnostic Week is sponsored by the ASET - The Neurodiagnostic Society, a sponsoring organization of CAAHEP. For more information, please visit ASET website.



President's Corner


Hugh Bonner, PhD, FASAHP

Those of us in the accreditation world are well aware of the value of accreditation. Accreditation ensures students and their families that graduation from an accredited educational program provides a curriculum derived from standard principles needed to be successful in the profession. Accreditation protects patients because a graduate from an accredited program has been prepared with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and effectively address the patient needs. The academic institutions and the specialized professions are protected because the accreditation process provides a stream of graduates who have followed a relatively standard curriculum which is continuously adapted to prepare a well educated and competent clinician that maintains the reputation of the educational institution and profession.  What is shocking is that so few of our constituencies are aware of the value of accreditation. Most students and their families have little understanding about the significance of the accreditation process. Patients, by and large, do not recognize the differences among the various health professionals, let alone know who has attended an accredited program. Most surprising of all, is the lack of knowledge of many academic administrators and faculty who often feel that accreditation is a time-consuming and expensive process that periodically requires their attention as they prepare for the self-study and the dreaded site visit. CAAHEP's immediate "Mission Impossible" is to make our constituents realize the value of the accreditation process. We need to do it before the state and federal legislators get involved under the misguided belief that they are saving money by restructuring a system they do not understand.



Committees on Accreditation News


The Accreditation and Approval Review Committee on Education in Human Lactation and Breastfeeding (AARC) has changed its name and is now known as the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC).  In addition to a new name, LEAARC has a new website. For additional information, please visit


At its March meeting, the CAAHEP Board approved the proposed Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Education Programs in Perfusion. These new Standards go into effect in April 2013 and will be posted to the CAAHEP website prior to the effective date. 


The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a newly-designed website. See all the details at


"Accreditation Process Made Easy" is an article that was recently published in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) promoting the ease of CAAHEP accreditation EMS programs gear up for the change in the prerequisite for eligibility of the National Registry of EMTs  to sit for their certification exam. Beginning in 2013, graduation from a CAAHEP-accredited program will be required in order to sit for the certification exam. In the article, procedures from the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) are reviewed along with helpful tips and information as programs begin this new process.



Higher Education Compliance Alliance Website Created


The Higher Education Compliance Alliance, an online resource of information on federal law and regulation that affects higher education, was launched March 1, 2012. It was created to provide the higher education community with a centralized repository of information and resources for compliance with federal laws and regulation. Spearheaded by the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the Compliance Alliance is now comprised of 24 participating associations representing a broad cross-section of higher education interests. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), whose recognition CAAHEP recently received, is a founding member of the Alliance. Spearheaded by the National Association of College and University Attorneys, the Alliance is a partnership of 20 national higher education associations. To learn more, visit the Compliance Alliance website  



Work Force Needs and Education Programs: How to "Right-Size" Your Program


The Health Professions Network (HPN) will present a webinar series at 2 p.m. Eastern on April 26 and May 9 featuring two noted health care work force experts, Stephen N. Collier, PhD, professor, and Harold P. Jones, PhD, dean and professor, from the School of Health Professions at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


The Coming Decade in Health Professions Work force Development: A Look at the Projections and How to "Right Size" Allied Health Education Programs - April 26


Work force projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics continue to show the health care industry as having the greatest opportunity for growth. However, the changing dynamics of health care legislation and uncertain economic times are putting new demands on educational institutions as well as employers. This 60-minute webinar will explore current and emerging work force trends and needs over the next 10 years and the potential impact on health careers education programs.


Public, Private, and For-Profit Education in the Health Professions - May 9


With the recent recession and increased unemployment in many industries, health care clearly has emerged as the industry of the future. As new students converge on local educational institutions in record numbers, health care's education systems find themselves in challenging times. Our speakers will discuss the various issues surrounding traditional and emerging educational structures, long-term barriers, new opportunities and systems, and the new innovations that are meeting student needs while challenging traditional thinking.


Register now for both events for $99 (HPN members) or $159 (nonmembers). Registration for one event is $69 (HPN members) or $99 (nonmembers).


Note: You may register as a site so multiple individuals at your organization can view the webinar for a flat fee. 



Near Miss and Line of Duty Death Online Reporting Tool Available


One of CAAHEP's Sponsors, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, has been working with the Center for Leadership, Innovation and Research in EMS on the development of an anonymous system for EMS practitioners to report near-miss and line of duty death incidents by answering a series of questions in an online format. The purpose of the system is to collect and aggregate data that will then be analyzed and used in the development of EMS policies and procedures, and for use in training, educating and preventing similar events from occurring in the future. No individual responses will be shared or transmitted to other parties.


The Near Miss and Line of Duty Death Online Reporting Tools are available at These tools, along with an already existing tool to report patient safety events, form the EMS Voluntary Event Notification Tool (E.V.E.N.T).


The aggregated data collected will be provided to state EMS offices and the appropriate federal agencies with jurisdiction over EMS on a quarterly and annual basis. It is envisioned that primary end users of this data will be those responsible for the development of EMS policies at the state and federal levels.  



Accreditation Actions


The following programs received CAAHEP accreditation at the March 16, 2012, Board of Directors Meeting. Where available, there are links directly to each accredited program's website.


Anesthesiologist Assistant


University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO (Masters)


Cardiovascular Technology

Voluntary Withdraw

BryanLGH College of Health Sciences, Lincoln, NE (Invasive Cardiovascular) (Associate)


Diagnostic Medical Sonography  


Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI (General) (Associate)

Mercy Medical Center-Canton, Canton, OH (General) (Certificate)

Ogeechee Technical College, Statesboro, GA (General) (Diploma)

Ogeechee Technical College, Statesboro, GA (Cardiac) (Diploma)

Saint Anthony Medical Center, Crown Point, IN (Cardiac) (Diploma, Associate)

Western Suffolk BOCES, Northport, NY (General) (Certificate)

Western Suffolk BOCES, Northport, NY (Vascular) (Certificate)

Western Suffolk BOCES, Northport, NY (Cardiac) (Certificate)



Community Regional Medical Center, Fresno, CA (Cardiac) (Certificate)

Community Regional Medical Center, Fresno, CA (General) (Certificate)

Northern Virginia Community College,Springfield, VA (General) (Associate)

Platt College Los Angeles, LLC, Alhambra, CA (General) (Associate)

Virginia College at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL (General) (Associate)

Virginia College at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL (Vascular) (Associate)



Mountain State University, Beckley, WV (General) (Associate)


Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic 


Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA (Certificate, Baccalaureate)

Crafton Hills College, Yucaipa, CA (Certificate)

Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA (Certificate, Associate)

Dona Ana Community College, Las Cruces, NM (Certificate, Associate)

Gadsden State Community College, Gadsden, AL (Associate)

Houston Community College System, Houston, TX (Certificate, Associate)

Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY (Certificate)

Ivy Tech Community College-Terre Haute, Terre Haute, IN (Associate)

Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL (Certificate)

Monroe Community College, Rochester, NY (Certificate, Associate)

Pasco-Hernando Community College, New Port Richey, FL (Certificate)

San Jacinto College North, Houston, TX (Certificate, Associate)

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

Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN (Certificate)



Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, IL (Certificate, Associate)

Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock, NC (Certificate)

Georgia Northwestern Technical College - Rome, Rome, GA (Diploma, Associate)

Gordon Cooper Technology Center, Shawnee, OK (Certificate)

Grand River Technical School, Chillicothe, MO (Certificate)

Hagerstown Community College, Hagerstown, MD (Certificate, Associate)

Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa, IA (Associate)

Lake Area Technical Institute, Watertown, SD (Diploma, Associate)

Lane Community College, Eugene, OR (Associate)

Life Care EMS Training Academy/Loraine County CC Consortium, LaGrange, OH (Certificate)

Mohave Community College, Kingman, AZ (Certificate, Associate)

New Haven Sponsor Hospital, New Haven, CT (Certificate)

Northcentral Technical College, Wausau, WI (Associate)

Owens Community College, Toledo, OH (Certificate, Associate)

Ozarks Technical Community College, Springfield, MO (Certificate, Associate)

Portland Community College, Portland, OR (Associate)

South Howell County Ambulance District, West Plains, MO (Certificate)

Texas State Technical College-Abilene, Abilene, TX (Certificate, Associate)

Weatherford College, Weatherford, TX (Certificate, Associate)

Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ (Diploma, Certificate, Associate)


Exercise Science


University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN (Baccalaureate)


Medical Assisting


Aiken Technical College, Aiken, SC (Certificate)

Brookstone College, Charlotte, NC (Diploma)

Bryant and Stratton College-Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, VA (Associate)

Carrington College California-Citrus Heights,Citrus Heights, CA (Certificate)

Des Moines Area Community College-Ankeny Campus, Ankeny, IA (Diploma)

Erie Community College-North Campus, Williamsville, NY (Associate)

Everest College-Skokie, Skokie, IL (Diploma)

Harrison College-Anderson, Anderson, IN (Associate)

Ivy Tech Community College-Ft. Wayne, Ft Wayne, IN (Associate)

Ivy Tech Community College-Ft. Wayne, Ft Wayne, IN (Certificate)

Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu, HI (Certificate)

Kapiolani Community College, Honolulu, HI (Associate)

Kaplan University-Council Bluffs, Council Bluff, IA (Associate)

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

Manatee Technical Institute, Bradenton, FL (Certificate)

Miller-Motte College-Cary, Cary, NC (Associate)

Northeast Mississippi Community College, Booneville, MS (Certificate)

Oakland Community College-Waterford(Highland Lakes Campus), Waterford, MI (Certificate)

Quinebaug Valley Community College, Danielson, CT (Associate)

Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ (Certificate)

Ridley-Lowell Business and Technical College-New London, New London, CT (Diploma)

Spencerian College-Lexington, Lexington, KY (Diploma)

Stark State College, Canton, OH (Associate)

Stevens Henager College-Logan, Logan, UT (Associate)

Western Technical College, La Crosse, WI (Diploma)



Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie, MN (Associate)

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


Neurodiagnostic Technology


Cuyahoga Community College, Parma, OH (Associate)

Pamlico Community College, Grantsboro, NC (Distance) (Associate)

Pamlico Community College, Grantsboro, NC (Associate)


Polysomnographic Technology


Genesee Community College, Batavia, NY (Associate)

Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, NJ (Associate)

Thomas Edison State College, Trenton, NJ (Certificate)


Specialist Blood Bank Technology/Transfusion Medicine


Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans, New Orleans  LA (Certificate, Masters)