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In the October 2014 Issue
In Memoriam
CAAHEP Blog
Professions Celebrating in Oct & Nov
CAAHEP Welcomes New Commissioners
CAAHEP Board Meeting Schedule
2015 CAAHEP Annual Meeting
From the President
CAAHEP Seeks Public Comment
Comments Welcome on Two Sets of Proposed Standards
Celebrate Allied Health Professions Week
Benefits of CAAHEP Accreditation
Accreditation Actions

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In Memoriam 
It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of  Rose Ann Zumstein, the CAAHEP Commissioner from the American Association of Sleep Technologist (AAST). 

Rose Ann was dedicated to her profession and active in the AAST, where she served as President from 2002-2005. She was instrumental in establishing the CAAHEP Standards for the Polysomnography profession, and served on the CoA-PSG for many years. 

In remembering Rose Ann, CAAHEP Past President Sondra Flemming said, "Rose Ann was a graduate of the Coalition of Allied Health Leadership training, and truly blossomed from the experience. I loved seeing her at meetings, she was a great leader."


In her honor, the AAST has established the Rose Ann Zumstein Scholarship, which will assist technologists in attending the annual AAST meeting and courses. Contributions to this fund are being accepted by the AAST national office. 

 


CAAHEP Blog 
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Professions Celebrating in October & November

October is Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month

October 6-12: Sleep Technologist Appreciation Week

October 20-24: Medical Assistants Recognition Week

November 2-8: Allied Health Professions Week

 


 

CAAHEP Welcomes New Commissionerss
Join us in welcoming two new Commissioners to CAAHEP:  

 

Elaine Webber, RN, DNP, PNP-BC, IBCLC

Commissioner for the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee


 

Elizabeth (Becky) Meng, BA, R EEG/EP T

Commissioner for the Committee on Accreditation for Education in Neurodiagnostic Technology 
 


 

CAAHEP Board of Directors Meeting Schedule
The CAAHEP Board of Directors takes accreditation actions six times per year (Jan., Mar., May, Jul., Sept., and Nov.). The following are upcoming meeting dates and locations (where appropriate):


November 21, 2014
Conference Call

January 14-15, 2015
Orlando, FL

March 20, 2015
Conference Call

May 15, 2015
Conference Call

July 15-16, 2015
New Orleans, LA

September 18, 2015
Conference Call

November 20, 2015
Conference Call

 


2015 CAAHEP Annual Meeting

"Partnering to Achieve Quality Outcomes"

April 19-20, 2015
 Intercontinental Kansas City
at the Plaza
Kansas City, MO
  

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From the President
Thomas Skalko, PhD, LRT/CTRS, FDRT

 

The world of accreditation continues to evolve and it is continually important that we all keep up with the changing environment.  I have had the privilege of attending both the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) meeting in July and the Association for Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) in September. Among the topics of interest were discussions on the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, increasing demands on accrediting organizations for outcomes measures, and issue of full disclosure.  While the re-authorization of the Higher Education Act will not likely make it out of Congress in this session, the topic will continue to be on the agenda. 


 

Currently, there is a push by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) to place greater demands on accreditors for greater transparency and open disclosure of accreditation actions.  This transparency might include access to self-studies, accreditation team reports, and accreditation communications.  While conceptually some level of transparency may not be overly alarming, the issue, however, on how far the call for transparency goes may indeed be problematic.  Other topics of discussion included a rating system for colleges and universities on quality and value of the educational experience, state level accreditation, and competency-based institutional accreditation. There is a great deal to ponder.


 

Finally, I am pleased to note that CAAHEP has recently committed to engage in a strategic planning process designed to assist the organization in becoming more responsive to our stakeholders and efficient in our practices and processes. CAAHEP has entered an agreement with The Center for Transformation and Innovation (CTI) to guide us through the strategic planning process. Included in the process will be solicitations for input from CAAHEP's stakeholders.  If you are contacted for input, please take the opportunity to respond and offer feedback. CAAHEP's goal is to continue to perform as the benchmark for allied health accreditation.  


 

Thom Skalko, President

 

CAAHEP Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Standards Template Change

In accordance with CAAHEP Policy 401 A.2., CAAHEP is seeking public comment on a proposed change to the CAAHEP Standards Template. At the Board's September meeting, a recommended change to the Standards Template was presented by the CAAHEP Standards Committee, reviewed by the Board, and approved for posting to the CAAHEP website for public comment. The change affects a guideline in Section V. Fair Practice, addressing how programs communicate the achievements of students/graduates. 

Please visit the CAAHEP website to review the proposed change and submit your comments. All comments must be received in writing by November 15, 2014 . 

 
Comments Welcome on Two Sets of Proposed Standards

The Emergency Medical Services and the Neurodiagnostic Technology Professions have drafted changes to the current set of Standards for each profession. The Committee on Accreditation for Education in Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) and the Committee on Accreditation for Education in Neurodiagnostic Technology (CoA-NDT) invite the public to comment on the proposed Standards. Comments are being collected via electronic survey for each profession. The links to the Emergency Medical Services Professions Standards and the Neurodiagnostic Technology Standards are posted on the CAAHEP website, along with links to each profession's comments survey. The deadline to comment on the NDT Standards is November 15, 2014. The EMSP Standards are open for comment until December 31, 2014.

 
Celebrate Allied Health Professions Week - November 2-8


 

November 2-8, 2014, is Allied Health Professions Week, dedicated to recognizing the professionals and educators across the allied health professions. CAAHEP is interested in finding out how your institution or facility will recognize your allied health professionals. We are collecting pictures of allied health professionals and future allied health professionals in action - whether that is in the classroom or on the job. Please share your photos via email for posting in our campaign to raise awareness of the variety of different allied health professions under the CAAHEP umbrella. Please include the school or place of employment, profession, and location, including city and state, with your pictures. Be sure to get your photos in before November 8. 


SDMS 
News Waves Shares One Program's Benefits of CAAHEP Accreditation 

The Ohio State University's Diagnostic Medical Sonography program shared its views on the benefits of CAAHEP Accreditation in the August 2014 issue of the SDMS News Waves. In the article, the OSU's associate professor and department chair says that CAAHEP accreditation has not only benefitted students, but faculty, as well. "Gaining CAAHEP accreditation has not only secured our clinical sites but it has allowed us to participate in the SDMS Clinical Instructorship. This rewards our dedicated Clinical Instructors with up to six (6) CME credits per calendar year for providing student instruction," said Kevin D. Evans, PhD, RT(R)(M)(BD), RDMS, RVS, FSDMS. 


Dr. Evans goes on to say, "I also know that our faculty has tremendous pride in obtaining CAAHEP accreditation, in part because they helped to build the programs. This stamp of approval makes our entire OSU faculty extremely proud and validates their hard work in the classroom, clinical site management, and instructional strategies."


 

As for the benefits of CAAHEP accreditation to employers in the region, Dr. Evans indicates that employers in the region prefer OSU graduates. The program has employers who serve as members of the program's Advisory Committee, "which allows them to see outcome data and stresses the importance of not only being a host for the clinical education, but also taking advantage of the investment that they have made in their education."


 

Accreditation Actions


September 19, 2014 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 September 19, 2014 meeting. Actions are identified by profession, action taken, and date of the next comprehensive evaluation. A link to each program's website is provided below, where available.

 

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

Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA (General)

Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA (Cardiac)

Jefferson Community and Technical College, Louisville, KY (Vascular)

Keiser University-Fort Lauderdale, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (General)

Keiser University-Fort Lauderdale, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Vascular)

Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield, ME (General)

Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, WY (General)

Moore Norman Technology Center, Norman, OK (General)

Sanford-Brown College-Atlanta, Atlanta, GA (General)

South Hills School of Business and Technology, State College, PA (General)

South Hills School of Business and Technology, State College, PA (Cardiac)

South Hills School of Business and Technology, State College, PA (Vascular)

St Cloud Technical and Community College, St Cloud, MN (General)

Tyler Junior College, Tyler, TX (General)

University of Kansas Medical Center-University of Kansas School of Health Professions, Kansas City, KS (General)

University of Kansas Medical Center-University of Kansas School of Health Professions, Kansas City, KS (Vascular)

University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN (General)

 

EMS Paramedic

College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV

Kiamichi Technical Center, Poteau, OK

 

           

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.

 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD (General)

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark, NJ (General)

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences-Little Rock, Little Rock, AR (General)

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences-Little Rock, Little Rock, AR (Cardiac)

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences-Little Rock, Little Rock, AR (Vascular)

University of California San Diego Medical Center, San Diego, CA (General)

 

Exercise Science

Eastern University, St. David's, PA

University of Southern Maine, Gorham, ME

 

Medical Assisting

Anoka Technical College, Anoka, MN (Diploma)

Berkeley College, Clifton, NJ (Certificate)

Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte, NC (Diploma)

Fox Valley Technical College, Oshkosh, WI (Diploma)

Glen Oaks Community College, Centerville, MI (Certificate)

National College, Danville, KY (Associate)

South College-Knoxville, Knoxville, TN (Associate)

Southeast Community College, Lincoln, NE (Diploma)

Southeastern Community College, West Burlington, IA (Diploma)

Trident Technical College, Charleston, SC (Diploma)

Warren County Community College, Phillipsburg, NJ (Certificate)

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-New Richmond, New Richmond, WI (Diploma)

 

The following program was 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 program was granted continuing accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2015.

 

Medical Assisting

Everest College, Colorado Springs, CO (Diploma)

 

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 2019.

 

EMS Paramedic

California State University-CSUS Prehospital Education Program, Sacramento, CA

Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare Paramedic Program, New Hartford, NY

Mt. Nebo Paramedic/University of Utah Consortium for Paramedic Education, Payson, UT

 

Kinesiotherapy

University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS

 

The following program was 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 program was granted continuing accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2023.

 

Medical Assisting

Trocaire College, Buffalo, NY (Associate)

 

 

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.

 

Medical Assisting

Allegany College of Maryland, Cumberland, MD (Associate)

Alpena Community College, Alpena, MI (Associate)

Argosy University, Eagan, MN (Associate)

Baker College of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI (Associate)

Beal College, Bangor, ME (Associate)

Butler County Community College, Butler, PA (Certificate)

Columbus Technical College, Columbus, GA (Diploma)

Delaware Technical and Community College-Wilmington, DE (Associate)

Everest College, Aurora, CO (Diploma)

Everett Community College, Everett, WA (Certificate)

Front Range Community College-Longmont, Longmont, CO (Certificate)

Gateway Technical College-Elkhorn Campus, Elkhorn, WI (Diploma)

Ivy Tech Community College-Sellersburg, Sellersburg, IN (Certificate)

Madison Area Technical College, Madison, WI (Diploma)

Minneapolis Business College, Roseville, MN (Associate)

Minneapolis Business College, Roseville, MN (Diploma)

Modesto Junior College, Modesto, CA (Certificate)

National College-Florence, Florence, KY (Associate)

National College-Pikeville, Pikeville, KY (Associate)

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

Pitt Community College, Greenville, SC (Associate)

Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood, CO (Certificate)

Richland College, Dallas, TX (Certificate)

Wallace Community College, Dothan, AL (Associate)

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-Superior Campus, Superior, WI (Diploma)

 

Neurodiagnostic Technology

Crozer-Chester Medical Center (Keystone), Upland, PA (Distance; Add-on Polysomnography)

 

 

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.

 

Cardiovascular Technology

Sanford-Brown College-Tampa, Tampa, FL (Adult Echocardiography Associate Degree)

Sentara College of Health Sciences, Chesapeake, VA (Cardiac Electrophysiology Associate Degree)

 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA (Vascular)

Community Regional Medical Center, Fresno, CA (Vascular)

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

 

EMS Paramedic

Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, WI

Flagstaff Medical Center, Flagstaff, AZ

Southeast Community College, Lincoln, NE

 

Medical Assisting

Miller-Motte Technical College, Conway, SC (Associate)

 

Polysomnographic Technology

Concorde Career College-Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, TX (Diploma)

Concorde Career College-Memphis, Memphis, TN (Diploma)

Delgado Community College, New Orleans, LA (Associate)

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC (Baccalaureate)

 

 

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.

 

EMS Paramedic

Angelina College, Lufkin, TX

Baker College of Clinton Township, Clinton Township, MI

Clark State Community College, Springfield, OH

East Texas Medical Center, Tyler, TX

Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center, Choctaw, OK

Henry County Fire Department, McDonough, GA

James A. Rhodes State College, Lima, OH

Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek, MI

Maricopa Community Colleges-Phoenix College, Phoenix, AZ

Mountwest Community and Technical College, Huntington, WV

Northland Pioneer College, Holbrook, AZ

Respond Right EMS Academy/St. Charles Community College Consortia, St. Peters, MO

Southern West Virginia Community & Technical College, Mt. Gay, WV

Victoria College, Victoria, TX

West Georgia Regional Emergency Education Coalition, Villa Rica, GA

Western Dakota Technical Institute, Rapid City, SD

 

Medical Assisting

Gogebic Community College, Ironwood, MI (Certificate)

Midwest Technical Institute, Moline, IL (Diploma)
Northeast Iowa Community College, Peosta, IA (Diploma)

Randolph Community College, Archdale, NC (Associate)

 

The following program had a transfer of sponsorship approved, with a status of continuing accreditation, with one or more Standards requiring a progress report to be submitted to the appropriate Committee on Accreditation (CoA).  The next comprehensive evaluation will occur no later than 2019.

 

Medical Assisting

Coastal Pines Technical College, Waycross, GA (Diploma)

 

 

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.

 

Medical Assisting

El Paso Community College, El Paso, TX (Certificate)

 

Surgical Technology

West Virginia Northern Community College, Wheeling, WV

 

 

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