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Open Hearing Scheduled
An Open Hearing for the proposed Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs for Medical Scribe Specialist is scheduled for Thursday, July 16, 2015, at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. For additional information and to review the proposed Standards, please visit the CAAHEP website.
 

CAAHEP Blog 
Check out the April 1st post "Accreditors Breathe a Sigh of Relief" on CAAHEP's Blog:


 

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):


July 15-16, 2015
New Orleans, LA

September 18, 2015
Conference Call

November 20, 2015
Conference Call

 


ARCST/SA Staff Changes

The Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARCST/SA), a Committee on Accreditation of CAAHEP, announces changes in their office staff. Ronald Kruzel, CST, MA, CAE, has been appointed Director of Accreditation Services and Arthur A. "Tony" Makin, CST, BS, FAST, will serve as Director of Education and Professional Affairs.  

 


Reminder:
CAAHEP Fees to Increase July 2016

Just a reminder that CAAHEP's institutional fees will increase effective for the year that begins July 1, 2016. This is the first increase in over 15 years! The fee will be raised from $450 per year to $550 per year. This is the fee paid by every institution that sponsors one or more CAAHEP-accredited programs.


 

Kathleen Megivern, JD, Executive Director, said, "The increase in institutional fees will not take place until July 1, 2016, so that our educational institutions will have adequate time to budget for the increase no matter when their fiscal year begins. Programs and institutions will receive notices throughout the coming year as reminders to prepare for the new fee structure."


 

Any educational institution or CAAHEP accredited program with questions on the new institutional fee should contact the CAAHEP office for assistance

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From the President
Thomas Skalko

 

We are half way through 2015 in the blink of an eye. There are several recent events, however, that deserve acknowledgement since the last Communique'.


 

CAAHEP Annual Meeting:  The CAAHEP Annual Meeting in Kansas City, MO was well attended and included numerous sessions of value to the participants. CAAHEP approved two new sponsors and Committees on Accreditation for our newest disciplines Assistive Technology and Art Therapy. Both groups provided strong presentations to the CAAHEP Commissioners and received sound support.  The new CoAs will be working on Standards and Guidelines over the coming months. In addition, a new associate member has joined CAAHEP, the Coalition for Baccalaureate and Graduate Respiratory Therapy Education. 


 

Standards Committee Changes:  In addition to the success of the Annual Meeting, it is important to acknowledge the significant role that Dr. William Goding has played on the CAAHEP Standards Committee.  Dr. Goding will be stepping down as chair of the committee effective 1 July. Ms. Jennifer Anderson-Warwick will be assuming the role of Interim Chair for the Standards Committee. My deepest appreciation goes out to Bill for his years of service and sound guidance to CAAHEP and the Committees on Accreditation in the standards development and review process. CAAHEP is fortunate to have Jennifer assume the role of Chair. She brings years of experience to the standards development process.


 

Standards Specialist:  As you may be aware, CAAHEP operates through the contributions of a select number of staff and the commitment and contributions of numerous volunteer board and committee members.  Given the number of requests for assistance on standards from our CoAs in recent years, CAAHEP established a new position, that of Standards Specialist. The CAAHEP Standards Specialist will offer guidance and assistance to all of CAAHEP's CoAs in developing consistent standards' language. It is with pleasure I welcome the hiring of CAAHEP's new Standards Specialist, Ms. Kalyani Naik.  Ms. Naik has served on CAAHEP's Standards Committee and as a member of the CAAHEP Board of Directors. Kalyani will assume her duties on 1 July 2015. We welcome Kalyani to the CAAHEP staff.


 

American Council on Education:  Recently, CAAHEP was involved in a working group supported by the American Council on Education's (ACE) Stackable Credentials sub-committee in Washington, DC. The effort is based on a grant from the Gates Foundation to promote alternative options for obtaining credentials for the workforce across all disciplines. The outcomes of the working group are focused on ways to increase and improve access to stackable credentials for a wide range of disciplines, including allied health disciplines. CAAHEP will continue to engage with ACE and keep you apprised of progress. 


 

CAAHEP Strategic Planning:  The CAAHEP Board engaged in several days of strategic planning on behalf of the organization. The full strategic plan has been disseminated to the CAAHEP leadership. The work of the Board on behalf of CAAHEP and our stakeholders has been outstanding. The Board approved the final version of the Strategic Plan and teams of Board members are working on finalizing distinct tasks and time lines to operationalize the plan.


 

I want to thank all of CAAHEP's Committees on Accreditation and their sponsors for their continued commitment and engagement in making CAAHEP the "Gold Standard" for Allied Health Accreditation. Keep posted for more updates. 


 

In closing, I ask that you please be sure to keep us informed of your needs and challenges. It is through open communications that CAAHEP can best respond to your individual needs and to create success for all.


 

Thom Skalko, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS, FDRT

President, CAAHEP

Commissioners Take Action at Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the CAAHEP Commissioners was held on April 20, 2015, and the Commissioners present in person and via teleconference voted on the following items:

Numerous Bylaws amendments were approved at the meeting, many of which were made for clarity. The following areas were amended:
  • Article II Purposes Section 1 and Section 8
  • Article IV Membership Section 1 and Section 2
  • Article V Commission Section 2, Section 3, Section 4, and Section 6
  • Article VI Board of Directors Section 3, Section 4, Section 11
  • Article VII Committees Section 1, Section 2, and Section 3
  • Article VIII Finances Section 3
The amended Bylaws are posted on the CAAHEP website 

Susan Muller

Elections of CAAHEP Board Members were held at the meeting. Susan Muller was elected to fill a Committee on Accreditation position on the Board. She represents the Committee on Accreditation for Exercise Sciences. Re-elected to the Board were Susan Fuchs, Carolyn O'Daniel, Yasmen Simonian, and Thomas Skalko


 
Two new Committees on Accreditation were voted on at the meeting and represent the two newest professions in CAAHEP. Welcome to the Committee on Accreditation for Art Therapy and the Committee on Accreditation for Assistive Technology. Along with the CoAs, the Commission approved two new sponsoring organizations. We welcome the American Art Therapy Association and RESNA (Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America) were approved in April.

 

CAAHEP also gained a new Associate Member at the April meeting, the Coalition for Baccalaureate and Graduate Respiratory Therapy Education 

2015-2016 CAAHEP Board Officers Elected       

Each year at its May meeting, the CAAHEP Board selects officers for the coming fiscal year. The following Board members will serve as officers beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016. 

President
Thomas Skalko, PhD, LRT/CTRS, FDRT
Vice President
Carolyn O'Daniel, EdD, RRT
Secretary
Susan Fuchs, MD 

Treasurer
Barry Eckert, PhD, FASAHP


 

Two Exceptional Service Awards Presented
Dr. James Atkins & Marjorie Reif

There were two outstanding, long-time CAAHEP volunteers recognized at this year's Annual Awards Luncheon in Kansas City. Congratulations to James Atkins, MD, FAC C (ACC) and Marjorie Reif, M.Ed., PA-C, CMA, on receiving the CAAHEP Exceptional Service Award. 

 

"Dr. Jim Atkins has spent countless hours coming to CAAHEP meetings as a Commissioner and serving on the Board...Jim is a lifelong, steadfast, and true advocate of CAAHEP..." are just a few quotes from nomination letter for Dr. Atkins. He was first elected to the CAAHEP Board in 1999, as a Commissioner for what was then the Joint Review Committee on Education Programs for the EMT-Paramedic. He served on the Board for two terms, and later as a Board liaison to several CoAs. Dr. Atkins has been the representative from the American College of Cardiology, and also served as Treasurer of the CoAEMSP. He spent over 38 years teaching EMS students and guiding tuhe EMS program at the University of Texas-Southwestern. As one of the endorsement letters said, Dr. Atkins "has always had a special place in his heart for allied health and teaching, and we are all better and safer because of his exceptional service to CAAHEP and the EMS Profession." 

 

Ms. Reif has volunteered her expertise to CAAHEP on numerous levels. As her nomination letter states, "Marj has been an outstanding volunteer for educational accreditation...You only have to meet Marj once to see how infectious her enthusiasm can be and how treasured her attention to detail is." She was first elected to the CAAHEP Board of Directors in 2000. She was the Commissioner representing what was then the Curriculum Review Board (now called the Medical Assisting Education Review Board).She served as Chair of the CoA, and went on to serve two full terms on the CAAHEP Board. During her tenure on the Board, Marj served on and chaired several committees, including the Standards Committee, where her attention to detail was always appreciated. While on the Board, she began her service as the CAAHEP Board Liaison to NCOPE (National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education). She was so highly valued by NCOPE that when she rotated off as their Liaison, she was elected their Public Member in 2006. One of the letters of support for her nomination came from the then Chair of NCOPE who said, "Understanding the immense loss we were about to experience, we decided to "keep" her in any way we could." Ms. Reif continues to serve on the NCOPE Self-Study Review Committee and as a site visitor. In 2011, she was Chair of the NCOPE Policies and Procedures Committee. She was "instrumental in moving the O&P technician level under the CAAHEP system with the adoption of those Standards taking place in 2007." Ms. Reif went on to be the Liaison to the CoA for Exercise Science. 

 

It is with heartfelt gratitude that CAAHEP congratulates these two dedicated volunteers on receiving the 2015 CAAHEP Exceptional Service Award.

         

Board Approves Two Sets of Standards 


Two sets of Standards and Guidelines were approved at the May CAAHEP Board of Directors meeting. The Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Anesthesia Technology were approved and are posted on the CAAHEP website


 

The Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Emergency Medical Services Professions were also approved. These Standards will go into effect later this year, and will be posted on the CAAHEP website and announced at that time.

CAAHEP 2015 Annual Meeting

By all accounts, the 2015 Annual Meeting in Kansas City last month was a great success! There were numerous general sessions on a variety of pertinent topics, individual programs for the different types of attendees, and plenty of opportunity for all to network. 

 

CAAHEP thanks the line up of wonderful speakers, who presented at the Annual Meeting: Dr. Craig Tanio, Chief Medical officer, ChenMed; Cathy Carter, Robin Seabrook, and Michelle Hall, representing the Orthotic and Prosthetic profession; Elise Scanlon, Esq.; Dr. Marianne Krismer, National Director, Health Professions Pathways TAACCCT Consortium, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College; Michael Foss, Dean, School fo Health and Patient Simulation, Springfield Technical Community College; Dr. Cecilia Rokusek, NOVA Southeastern University; representatives from the Committees on Accreditation for Surgical Technology, Medical Assisting, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Emergency Medical Services Professions; and presenters from our newest professions Art Therapy and Assistive Technology.

 

The Annual Meeting would not have been a success without the hard work from the volunteers on the Program Planning Committee. Our deepest appreciation goes out to Carolyn O'Daniel, Chair, and members Michelle Hall, Jackie Long-Goding and Julie O'Sullivan Maillet. 

 

The following are just a few pictures captured from the 2015 Annual Meeting. Additional photos are posted on the CAAHEP Facebook page.

 

 

It's not too early to get the 2016 CAAHEP Annual Meeting on your calendar. Please join us April 10-11, 2016, in Memphis, Tennessee! 

Accreditation Actions


May 15, 2015, 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 5/15/2015 meeting. Actions are identified by profession, action taken, and date of the next comprehensive evaluation. In some cases, the concentration and/or degree are also specified. Where possible, links to the individual programs are 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 2020. These actions require no progress report and were approved on the consent agenda.


Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Great Lakes Institute of Technology, Erie, PA (General)

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI (General)

Spokane Community College, Spokane, WA (General)

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI (General)

Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin, TN (General)


Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic

Jersey City Medical Center EMS, Jersey City, NJ

National College of Technical Instruction-Oregon and (Vancouver, WA), Milwaukie, OR

Palomar College, San Marcos, CA

Tacoma Community College, Tacoma, WA

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA

Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC

 

Orthotist/Prosthetist

California State University-Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA


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. These actions require no progress report and were approved on the consent agenda.


Cardiovascular Technology

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


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 2025. These actions require no progress report and were approved on the consent agenda.


Diagnostic Medical Sonography

Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, MA (Cardiac)

Hinds Community College-Jackson, Jackson, MS (General)

University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO (General)

University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO (Vascular)

 

Neurodiagnostic Technology

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN (base program and Polysomnography Add-on)


Polysomnographic Technology

Roane State Community College, Harriman, TN (Certificate)

Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin, TN (Certificate)


Surgical Technology

Baker College of Jackson, Jackson, MI

Bevill State Community College, Sumiton, AL

Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD

Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, WI

Fortis College-Westerville, Westerville, OH

Fortis Institute-Cookeville, Cookeville, TN

Fortis Institute-Palm Springs, Palm Springs, FL

Frederick Community College, Frederick, MD

GateWay Community College-Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ

Great Plains Technology Center, Lawton, OK

Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, FL

Ivy Tech Community College-Lafayette, Lafayette, IN

Mohave Community College, Lake Havasu City, AZ

North Arkansas College, Harrison, AR

North-West College-West Covina, West Covina, CA

Suwannee-Hamilton Technical Center, Live Oak, FL

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Jackson, Jackson, TN

Virginia College of Greenville, Greenville, SC

Wharton County Junior College, Wharton, 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 2020.


Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic

Arkansas Tech University, Ozark, AR

Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg, VA

Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN

Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, FL

J Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Richmond, VA

Napa Valley College, Napa, CA

New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, NY

Ridgewater College, Willmar, MN


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 2025.


Surgical Technology

Eli Whitney Vocational Technical School, Hamden, CT

Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, OH

Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, MA

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Crossville, Crossville, TN

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Knoxville, Knoxville, TN

Virginia College-Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL

Wes Watkins Technology Center, Wetumka, OK

Wilson Community College, Wilson, NC


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. These actions require no progress report and were approved on the consent agenda.


Diagnostic Medical Sonography

San Jacinto College, Pasadena, TX (General)


Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic

Southwestern Illinois College, Belleville, IL

San Juan College, Farmington, NM


Neurodiagnostic Technology

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN (Evoked Potentials Add-on)

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN (Nerve Conduction Studies Add-on)

 

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.


Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic

Grady Health System, Atlanta, GA

Presence St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee, IL

TriRivers Career Ctr/Marion Gen Hosp Sch, Marion, OH

Union County College, Cranford, NJ    

Virtua West Jersey Health System, Inc, Blackwood, NJ


Surgical Assisting

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN


The following programs were placed on probationary accreditation, with one or more Standards requiring critical attention and timely resolution to bring the program into compliance with the Standards and Guidelines. The letter outlining the reason(s) for probation is available upon request.


Medical Assisting

ASA College, Brooklyn, NY (Associate)

Blackhawk Technical College, Janesville, WI (Diploma)

Everest College-Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO (Diploma)

Everest College-Portland, Portland, OR (Diploma)

Forrest College, Anderson, SC (Associate)

MedTech College-Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN (Associate)

Ohio Business College, Hilliard, OH (Diploma)

Stevens Henager College, Orem, UT (Associate)


Surgical Technology

Miami-Jacobs Career College, Dayton, OH

 

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