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In the June 2014 Issue
CAAHEP Accredited Program on the TODAY Show
CAAHEP Director Interviewed for Podcast
CAAHEP Board Meeting Schedule
From the President
CAAHEP Seeks Hospital Based Programs Commissioner
Jondahl Receives CAAHEP Highest Honor
CAAHEP Sponsors Spotlight: COAPCR
Accreditation Actions

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TODAY Show
On June 16, the CAAHEP accredited Medical Assisting program at Seattle Vocational Institute and the medical assisting field were highlighted in a segment of the TODAY Show. The segment was entitled "Tricks of the Trade School," and discussed the differences between trade schools and four year colleges. The segment also shared information on the medical assisting field and outlook on the profession's future. The medical assistants interviewed were graduates of the Seattle Vocational Institute, and talked about their success in the field. Follow this link to view the entire segment.
  
CAAHEP Director Interviewed for Podcast
In April, CAAHEP Executive Director Kathleen Megivern was interviewed for a podcast by Health Crossroad, a company sharing a series of podcasts on a multitude of health-related topics from leaders across the world of health. Follow this link to listen to the session is entitled "Allied Health Education Accreditation Leader Discusses Critical Topics in Health Today."

 

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CAAHEP Board Meeting Schedule 

The CAAHEP Board of Directors takes accreditation actions six times per year (Jan., Mar., May, July, Sept., and Nov.). The following are the upcoming meeting dates:
 
  
July 30-31, 2014
Charlotte, NC 
 
September 19, 2014
Conference Call
 
November 21, 2014
Conference Call 
 
January 14-15, 2015
Orlando, FL 
 
March 20, 2015
Conference Call
 
May 15, 2015
Conference Call 
  
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From the President
Cameron Harris, RPSG


CAAHEP celebrated its 20th anniversary with one of the largest Annual Meetings in recent years. Over 135 people enjoyed the fiesta atmosphere of San Antonio and participated in agenda sessions on an array of topics. The Commissioners who were present participated in the election of Board members, admission of a new profession, votes to admit two new Committees on Accreditation and new sponsoring organizations. Included in the proceedings was an opportunity to tour the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) at Fort Sam Houston. The overwhelming popularity of this opportunity exceeded the capacity, but overall the meeting was a great success.

 

Our keynote speaker was Rear Admiral William M. Roberts, MD, Commandant of the METC. Admiral Roberts spoke about the benefits and challenges of integrating the medical education and training across all U.S armed services at the METC. Of particular interest to me were Dr. Roberts' comments about the METC's commitment to provide exportable skills for its students. The METC must train sailors, soldiers, airmen, coast guardsman, and others to provide the specific service requirements of their role within each respective branch of service. This is a challenge in itself, but a further goal is to provide training that will be of value to individuals when they return to the civilian job market. Admiral Roberts indicated that it was for this reason that all eligible METC programs seek CAAHEP accreditation in order to insure that the training provides marketable skills and eligibility for civilian certification.

 

During the business portion of the meeting, the Commission elected Kate Feinstein, MD, Commissioner from the American College of Radiology as a Board Member representing a sponsoring organization, and Douglas York, NREMT-P, PS (NAEMT), as a Board Member representing a Committee on Accreditation. Doug is the Commissioner for the Committee on Accreditation for Emergency Medical Services Professions. John Padgett, PhD, was re-elected to the Board seat representing proprietary schools and Barry Eckert, EdD, was re-elected as the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions representatives. These individuals will be helping to govern a growing CAAHEP. 

 

   

The Commission approved the membership of the Committee on Accreditation of Academic Programs in Clinical Research and its sponsoring organization, the Consortium of Academic Programs in Clinical Research. The Commission also declared Medical Scribe Specialists to be an eligible profession and proceeded to approve the Committee on Accreditation for Medical Scribe Education and its sponsoring organization, the American College of Medical Scribe Specialists. Welcome to these new professions.

 

CAAHEP's operational year runs from July through June.  As the current year comes to an end the newly elected directors will take their seats and other individuals will see their terms of service on the CAAHEP Board of Directors come to an end. I would like to recognize and thank these individuals for their contributions to the CAAHEP mission.  Bernard Cohen, PhD, FASNM, has served on the Board and as Chair of the Performance Oversight Committee. Calvin Harris, EdD, has served as  a public Board member and as Treasurer for several years.  Katie Lukovich, CST/CSFA has served on the Board as a recent graduate. Kerry Weinberg, MPA, RDMS, RDCS, RT, has served in many capacities on the Board, most recently as Vice President. On behalf of CAAHEP and its Board of Directors I would like to extend sincere appreciation to these individuals for their contributions. 

 

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Another important component of CAAHEP governance is the role of Board Liaison to the Committees on Accreditation. A current or past Board member is assigned to each Committee on Accreditation to provide support and facilitate communication between the CoA and the Board. I would like to recognize those individuals who will be completing their service in this role at the end of this month. Jennifer Anderson Warwick has served as liaison to the Committee on Specialist in Blood Bank Technology/Transfusion Medicine, William Goding has served as liaison to the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee, Dan Points has served as Liaison to the Accreditation Review Committee for Medical Illustrators, and Marjorie Reif has served as liaison for the Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences. Thanks to these individuals for their dedication and service to CAAHEP.

 

Selection of the recent graduate and public Commissioners is the responsibility of the Board of Directors. These individuals also serve on the Board. This year there was a lot of interest in the recent graduate position, making the choice difficult. Deborah Agustin, AA-C, was selected from among six candidates. Deborah is a recent graduate of the Case Western Reserve University Masters of Science Anesthesiologist Assistant program. She is a Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant at Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora. Finding a public member who can provide both talent and enthusiasm is often a challenge and replacing someone with the dedication to CAAHEP that Calvin Harris has had is truly daunting. The Board was fortunate to identify someone with those characteristics in Cheryl Harris (no relation to Calvin or me). Cheryl brings a strong background in association management and meeting planning, as well as experience in certification and accreditation, primarily in the building trades. The Board made one additional selection of a Board member. Arthur "Tony" Makin, CST, BS, FAST, resigned his seat on the Board for personal reasons. Elizabeth (Betsy) Slagle, MS, RN, CST, was appointed as a Committee on Accreditation Commissioner to complete Tony's term on the Board. We welcome Deborah, Cheryl and Betsy to the CAAHEP Board.
 
 

With incumbent Treasurer Calvin Harris and Vice President Kerry Weinberg leaving the Board and my term as President coming to an end, the Board of Directors selected new officers during their May conference call. The Officer Candidate Advisory Committee, including Calvin Harris and Hugh Bonner, and chaired by Kerry Weinberg, identified a slate of candidates. The Board selected Thomas Skalko, PhD, LRT/CTRS as President, Carolyn O'Daniel, EdD, RRT as Vice President, and Barry Eckert, PhD, FASAHP as Treasurer. Susan Fuchs, MD was re-elected as Secretary.

 

As mentioned, my term as President will end on June 30 and I would like to thank the officers and Board members who have supported me in service to CAAHEP.  My gratitude extends to Executive Director Kathleen Megivern and her staff, Lorna Frazier-Lindsey, Cynthia Jackson-McNeill, Theresa Sisneros, and Katie Davis, who are the engine that keeps CAAHEP running. Looking forward, I would like to congratulate my successor, Thom Skalko, and the other incoming officers.
CAAHEP Seeks Commissioner to Represent Hospital Based Programs 
 
There is an opening for a CAAHEP Commissioner to represent Hospital Based Programs. This Commissioner position represents the interest of CAAHEP accredited programs that are sponsored by hospitals. Duties include:
  • voting on any bylaws, mission, and vision statement changes;  
  • voting on eligible occupations to participate in CAAHEP, as well as sponsoring organizations, and committees on accreditation; 
  • participate in any special meetings of the Commission;
  • and, attend the Annual Meeting of the Commission.
The Hospital Based Commissioner position is a three-year term running from July 1 - June 30.
 
If you are interested in serving the Commission in this capacity, please forward a letter stating your interest in the position which includes the Hospital Based Program with which you are associated along with your vitae to Kathleen Megivern by July 15, 2014.

 

Jondahl Receives CAAHEP Highest Honor
Judy Jondahl receives the CAAHEP Exceptional Service Award from President Cameron Harris
 
Ms. Judy Jondahl, MS, RN, is the recipient of the 2014 CAAHEP Exceptional Service Award. The award was presented to Ms. Jondahl at the 2014 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. She served CAAHEP as a Commissioner for the American Association of Medical Assistants for 14 years, and is the former Director of Accreditation for the Medical Assisting Education Review Board. When she joined the MAERB as Director in 1998, there were 391 accredited medical assisting programs. One year later, the number of programs increased by 70 to 461 programs, and upon her retirement at the end of 2013 there were 585 accredited medical assisting programs. In addition to her dedication to growing accredited programs, Judy was always willing to take on leadership duties for CAAHEP. She served on the CAAHEP Nominating and Elections Committee, program planning committees, presented at CAAHEP summer workshops, and continually assisted other Committees on Accreditation by sharing samples of policies and procedures, and responding to questions posed by CoA staff leaders. As stated in the award submission, "Ms. Jondhal epitomizes CAAHEP's Mission Statement - To assure quality health professions education to serve the public interest." 
 
CAAHEP Sponsors Spotlight  

 

In this issue, the Sponsor Spotlight is on one of CAAHEP's newest sponsors, the
Consortium on Academic Programs in Clinical Research (COAPCR). The COAPCR was approved as a CAAHEP sponsor by the Commission in April 2014. 
 
  
 

The Consortium of Academic Programs in Clinical Research facilitates the development of high-quality educational programs encompassing all areas of clinical research that are based in academic credit-granting institutions.

 

The COAPCR's mission is: 

  • To provide a medium for communication among educators of clinical research professionals.
  • To encourage and support the development and maintenance of academically based clinical research educational programs to meet the needs of the clinical research community.
  • To foster inter-institutional articulation among educational institutions, clinical institutions, professional associations, and industry.
  • To initiate and/or support research and studies relating to the educational, manpower and service needs of clinical research professionals.
 
For additional information, please visit the COAPCR website.

Accreditation Actions

 

Each profession in the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) system has a Committee on Accreditation (CoA) that consists of experts in the profession that are responsible for reviewing programs and making appropriate recommendations for accreditation to CAAHEP.  CAAHEP reviews recommendations received from its CoAs in each profession, assures due process was followed, and takes final action on an accreditation status. 

 

CAAHEP took the following actions at its May 16, 2014, meeting. Actions are identified by profession, action taken, and date of the next comprehensive evaluation. Where possible, links to each accredited program's website have been provided.

 

The following programs were found to be in compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines and were granted continuing accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2019.

 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, WI (General Concentration)

Pitt Community College, Greenville, NC (General Concentration)

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK (General Concentration)

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK (Cardiac Concentration)

 

Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic

Brigham Young University, Rexburg, ID

 

 

The following programs were found to be in compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines and were granted continuing accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2024.

 

Perfusion

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Shadyside, Pittsburgh, PA

 

Surgical Technology

Angelina College, Lufkin, TX

Eastwick College, Ramsey, NJ

Gateway Technical College, Kenosha, WI

Holmes Community College, Grenada, MS

San Jacinto College-Central, Pasadena, TX

 

 

The following programs were found to be in substantial compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines, with one or more Standards requiring a progress report to be submitted to the appropriate Committee on Accreditation (CoA).  The programs were granted continuing accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2024.

 

Surgical Assisting

College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, ID

 

Surgical Technology

Buckeye Hills Career Center, Rio Grande, OH

Carver Career and Technical Education Center, Charleston, WV

Columbia Public Schools/Columbia Area Career Center, Columbia, MO

Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, KS

John Wood Community College, Quincy, IL

National College, Cincinnati, OH

National College, Youngstown, OH

Rasmussen College, Moorhead, MN

Seattle Central Community College, Seattle, WA

 

The following programs were found to be in substantial compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines, with one or more Standards requiring a progress report to be submitted to the appropriate Committee on Accreditation (CoA).  The programs were granted continuing accreditation, however have requested voluntary withdrawal to be effective as noted.

 

Surgical Technology

Brown Mackie College, Akron, OH:  Voluntary Withdrawal effective 8/1/2015

Brown Mackie College-Northern Kentucky, Fort Mitchell, KY:  Voluntary Withdrawal effective 7/31/2015

 

 

The following programs were found to be in compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines and were granted initial accreditation for a period not to exceed five (5) years.

 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Baker College of Owosso, Owosso, MI (Vascular Concentration)

Bowling Green State University Firelands College, Huron, OH (General Concentration)

GateWay Community College, Phoenix, AZ (Vascular Concentration)

Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI (General Concentration)

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK (Vascular Concentration)

 

Polysomnographic Technology

Darton State College, Albany, GA (Associate Degree)

 

Surgical Technology

Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee, FL

Virginia College, Richmond, VA

 

 

The following programs were found to be in substantial compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines, with one or more Standards requiring a progress report to be submitted to the appropriate Committee on Accreditation (CoA).  The programs were granted initial accreditation for a period not to exceed five (5) years.

 

Neurodiagnostic Technology

Concorde Career College, San Bernardino, CA (PSG Add-on)

 

Surgical Technology

Virginia College, Biloxi, MS

 

 

The following programs were placed on probation, with one or more Standards requiring critical attention and timely resolution to bring the program into compliance with the Standards and Guidelines. Programs will be reviewed by the appropriate CoA throughout the period of probation and will return to CAAHEP for review no later than May 2016.

 

 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Burlington County College, Pemberton, NJ

 

Medical Assisting

American School of Technology, Columbus, OH (Diploma)

1361 Park Street, Clearwater, FL 33756  

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