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ARC/STSA Executive Search

Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA) recently
announced that they would open the next phase in their nationwide search for the programmatic accrediting organization's new Executive Director.  
 
President Van Bates and the ARC/STSA Board of Directors have commissioned the search committee and relaunched a thorough and exhaustive process to identify a suitable candidate to direct the organization's business.
 
Qualified applicants are invited to apply; please see requirements in the ED Search Announcement . The position will remain open until filled. For any additional questions, please contact T. Van Bates, CST, BA at 
searchcommittee@arcstsa.org.


CoAEMSP Looking for Public Members to Serve on Board
The  Committee on Accreditation for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) has vacancies for two public member positions on its Board of Directors. Public members of the CoAEMSP serve three-year terms, with eligibility for a maximum of three consecutive terms of service.

Follow this link for more information, including a position description.



Lab Week April 24-30

In celebration of Lab Week, we thank the CAAHEP sponsoring organizations of Cytotechnology and Specialist in Blood Bank
 Technology/Transfusion Medicine! 

From Cytotechnology: 



And from Specialist in Blood Banking Technology/ Transfusion Medicine:



 

CAAHEP Board of Directors 2016 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):

  
May 20, 2016
Conference Call 

July 20-21, 2016
Orlando, FL 

September 16, 2016
Conference Call

November 18, 2016
Conference Call 

 


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2017 CAAHEP Annual Meeting

April 23-24, 2017

JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead
Atlanta, GA

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From the President
Thomas Skalko


This note follows a very successful CAAHEP Annual Meeting in Memphis, TN. It was a great meeting, sessions, and exchange of information. The sessions offered a range of stimulating topics from, The Bigger Picture: What Does the Future Hold for Higher Education? (Martin Van Der Werf), to Update on Issues in Washington (Jan Vaughan, J.D.), to Competency Based Education ( Erin Knepler & Carla Long). All in all, a successful annual meeting.
 
As President, I want to again thank John Padgett, Cameron Harris, and Claire Chandler for their years of service as CAAHEP Board members. It is the contributions of all of our volunteers that make CAAHEP work and helps us to fulfill the promise of the "Gold Standard" for Allied Health programmatic accreditation.
 
I also want to welcome our new board members, Amber Donnelly and Katie Kuntz. We look forward to having them join the board. I am certain they know we will be putting them to work.
 
Finally, I want to again encourage all our CAAHEP stakeholders to keep abreast of the happenings in Washington and the pressures that are being placed on the accreditation community. While most of the pressure is currently on institutional accreditors, the tide will likely impact programmatic accreditors also. It is up to all of us to do our best in the exercise of our responsibilities as we apply CAAHEP programmatic accreditation. It is quite a responsibility to ensure quality allied health education.
 
If there is anything CAAHEP can do, please do not hesitate to give us a shout.
   
Thom
Thomas Skalko, Ph.D., LRT/CTRS, FDRT
President, CAAHEP
CAAHEP has Moved! Is Your Program's Website in Compliance with CAAHEP Policy? 

The CAAHEP office moved to a new Clearwater location in early April. The new address is: 25400 US Highway, 19 N., Suite 158, Clearwater, FL 33763. The telephone and fax numbers remain the same. Please make sure to update your records. Also, it is important for CAAHEP accredited programs to be sure the new address is in all publications in order to stay in compliance with CAAHEP Policy 302 Public Use of CAAHEP Accreditation Status by Programs and Institutions, which states:

B.  If a program has CAAHEP accreditation, the sponsor must use the following language when referring to that accreditation:
 
     1.   In at least one of its comprehensive publications customarily used to officially convey institutional information, it must state:
 
    "The [name of program] is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of [name of Committee on Accreditation].
 
            Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
            25400 US Highway 19 N., Suite 158
            Clearwater, FL  33763
            727-210-2350
            www.caahep.org

Programs can be cited for not having correct information available on their website. Please be sure to ask your school's website content manager to make this change. Also, if this information is included in online and printed brochures and course catalogs, the address change needs to be updated there as well.

Invoices with CAAHEP Fee Increase Out in May
CAAHEP has continually publicized the 2016 Fee Increase ever since the Board approved the fee changes in November 2014. As staff prepares the invoices for 2016, this serves as a reminder that the change in CAAHEP's institutional fees take effect July 1, 2016. The fee will be raised from $450 to $550. This is the first increase in over 15 years! This is the fee paid by every institution that sponsors one or more CAAHEP-accredited programs.

 

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

CAAHEP Annual Meeting Highlights

The 2016 CAAHEP Annual Meeting was held April 10 and 11 in Memphis, Tennessee. The reviews are in, and not only was this one of the best attended Annual Meetings, the session ratings were excellent! Programs included, an update on CAAHEP's Strategic Plan, "The Bigger Picture: What does the Future Hold for Higher Education?," "Updates on Issues in Washington," "Shared Design and Emerging Practices in Competency Based Education," and "Best Practices for Accreditors in Assessing Competency Based Education." In addition, there were spotlights on the professions of Polysomnographic Technology and Diagnostic Medical Sonography. There was also an opportunity for program directors and deans to sit down and talk with the leaders of four of CAAHEP's largest Committees on Accreditation - EMS-Paramedic, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Surgical Technology, and Medical Assisting. Copies of the Annual Meeting presentations are posted on the CAAHEP website.
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Annual Business Meeting  
During the Annual Meeting of the Commissioners, President Thomas Skalko and Executive Director Kathleen Megivern presented reports on activities over the past year. Treasurer Barry Eckert presented the financial report, and Nominating and Elections Chair, John Padgett, presented the 2016-2017 slate of nominees for the CAAHEP Board. Following a vote of the Commissioners, current Board members Gregory Ferenchak, representing the National Network of Two-Year Colleges, and Elizabeth (Betsy) Slagle, representing the ARC/STSA, were elected to another term on the Board. In addition two sponsoring organization Commissioners were elected to the Board; Kathryn Kuntz, representing the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Amber Donnelly, representing the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
  
Gregory Ferenchak, EdD, RT(R)(QM)
Elizabeth Slagle, MS, RN, CST, FAST
Kathryn Kuntz, MEd, RT(R), RDMS, RVT
Amber Donnelly, PhD, MPH, SCT
Outgoing Board members:
Claire Chandler, AAC
Cameron Harris, RPSGT
John Padgett, Jr., PhD

The CAAHEP Board will elect new officers for the 2016-2017 fiscal year during their May 18th conference call.

Annual Meeting Reception 
Beale Street is not the only place to hear good music in Memphis, well, at least not when CAAHEP is in town! In addition to the presentations during the Annual Meeting, attendees let their hair down a bit and were entertained by the one and only King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Some attendees shared in a duet and a dance with the King, while others just enjoyed the show! It was a great night of networking and memories of classic rock and roll music. Who said accreditation can't be fun?
    
Please visit the CAAHEP Facebook page to see more photos of the Annual Meeting and the montage of the "Faces of CAAHEP."
 
The William W. Goding Award for Exceptional Service 

This year's Annual Meeting's Awards Luncheon was a special tribute to a dedicated CAAHEP volunteer, William W. Goding. As reported in February, CAAHEP lost one of our founding members and a tremendously dedicated volunteer. At its January meeting, it was only fitting for the Board to rename CAAHEP's highest award to the William W. Goding Award for Exceptional Service. At this year's luncheon, a montage of photos of Bill Goding through the years welcomed attendees, and was followed by a special tribute to Bill. Bill's wife, Jackie Long-Goding, Executive Director of the Committee on Accreditation for Education in Neurodiagnostic Technology (as well as newly named Executive Director of the Joint Review Committee for Education in Cardiovascular Technology), attended and assisted President Skalko in the first-time presentation of the award. 

The 2016 William W. Goding Award for Exceptional Service was presented to Calvin D. Harris, EdD, who served as a Public Member on the CAAHEP Board for a total of four terms. During the first two terms on the Board, Mr. Harris served alongside Bill Goding. And, a few years later when one of the Public Members had to resign, Calvin stepped up and agreed to fill that vacancy going on to serve another two terms. Like Bill Goding before him, Calvin also served as CAAHEP's Treasurer and he, too, served as Chair of the Standards Committee. Calvin also served on the Bylaws Committee and as liaison to several Committees on Accreditation. 

Like Bill, Calvin Harris exemplifies the essence of volunteer service to CAAHEP and there could be no more fitting choice to receive the first William W. Goding Award for Exceptional Service.
Jackie Long-Goding and Calvin Harris



Presidential Citation
The CAAHEP Presidential Citation is not presented every year; just when a President wishes to recognize the accomplishments of a CAAHEP volunteer who has directly assisted the President. This year, President Skalko chose to recognize a long-standing Committee on Accreditation leader, who has stepped up time again to assist CAAHEP on many levels. Whether he was sharing examples of his CoA's policies or practices, serving on a sub committee or task force, or simply sharing his experience with new CoA staff members, CAAHEP has benefited tremendously from the support of this volunteer.

Keith Orloff, CST, FAST, serves as current Executive Director of the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA). He has served on numerous CAAHEP Summer Workshop planning committees and special project task forces, and has made presentations to other CoA leaders throughout his tenure. Currently, Keith serves as a member of the CAAHEP Standards Committee and the Bylaws Committee. He is also assisting CAAHEP by serving on a task force for one of its newest initiatives, the Site Visitor Training.

During his award presentation, President Skalko said of Keith's character and dedication to the organization, "Keith is one of my "go-to" guys. I can always count on him to volunteer to help me with a project or initiative." President Skalko thanked Keith for his assistance and dedication to him and to CAAHEP as an organization.

CAAHEP President Thomas Skalko and Presidential Citation Recipient Keith Orloff

Peer Review Under Fire - CAAHEP Blog Post

Don't miss the latest CAAHEP Blog post highlighting how peer review has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years. The post also highlights a video produced by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), in which a series of interviews with college presidents reinforces how deeply ingrained is the principle of peer review.
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 March 18, 2016 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, a link to the program's website is provided.

The following program was found to be in compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines and was granted continuing accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2018. This action requires no progress report and was approved on the consent agenda.

Medical Assisting

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 2021. These actions require no progress report and were approved on the consent agenda.

Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Houston Community College System, Houston, TX (General)
Keiser University-Melbourne, Melbourne, FL (General)
Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA (General)
Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA (Cardiac)
Pittsburgh Career Institute, Pittsburgh, PA (General)
Temple College, Temple, TX (General)

Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Joint Special Operations Medical Training Center, Ft. Bragg, NC

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.

Medical Assisting
Brightwood College-Friendswood, Friendswood, TX (Diploma)
Brightwood College-North Campus, Houston, TX (Diploma)
Davis College, Toledo, OH (Associate)
Eastern New Mexico University, Roswell, NM (Certificate)
Harrison College-Columbus, Columbus, IN (Diploma)
Houston Community College System, Houston, TX (Certificate)
Kaplan University-Des Moines, Urbandale, IA (Certificate)
McCann Technical School-North Adams, North Adams, MA (Certificate)
Mitchell Technical Institute, Mitchell, SD (Associate)
Stone Academy, West Haven, CT (Diploma)

The following program was found to be in compliance with the accreditation Standards and Guidelines and was granted continuing accreditation, with the next comprehensive evaluation to occur no later than 2025. This action requires no progress report and was approved on the consent agenda.

Medical Assisting
Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA (Diploma)

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 2026. These actions require no progress report and were approved on the consent agenda.

Cardiovascular Technology
Carnegie Institute, Troy, MI (Adult Echocardiography, Diploma)
Carnegie Institute, Troy, MI (Invasive Cardiovascular Technology, Diploma)
Carnegie Institute, Troy, MI (Noninvasive Vascular Study, Diploma)
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, Lancaster, PA (Invasive Cardiovascular Technology, Associate)
Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls, SD (Adult Echocardiography, Associate)
Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls, SD (Invasive Cardiovascular Technology, Associate)
Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls, SD (Noninvasive Vascular Study, Associate)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN (General)
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, MN (Vascular)

Polysomnographic Technology
Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL (Associate)
The Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC), Dundalk, MD (Certificate)

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 2021.

Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
College of the Mainland, Texas City, TX
Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA

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 2023.

Medical Assisting
Fortis College-Centerville, Centerville, OH (Associate)
Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro, NC (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
ASA College, Brooklyn, NY (Associate)
Baker College of Cadillac, Cadillac, MI (Associate)
Bradford School, Columbus, OH (Associate)
Bradford School, Columbus, OH (Diploma)
Cape Cod Community College, West Barnstable, MA (Certificate)
Clark College, Vancouver, WA (Certificate)
Gwinnett Technical College, Lawrenceville, GA (Diploma)
Hocking College, Nelsonville, OH (Associate)
Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID (Associate)
Iowa Lakes Community College, Spencer, IA (Diploma)
Kaplan University-Cedar Falls, Cedar Falls, IA (Certificate)
Kaplan University-Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids, IA (Certificate)
Lorenzo Walker Technical College, Naples, FL (Certificate)
Miami Valley Career Technology Center, Clayton, OH (Certificate)
Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL (Certificate)
National American University-Centennial, Centennial, CO (Associate)
Pittsburgh Technical Institute, Oakdale, PA (Associate)
Salt Lake Community College, West Jordan, UT (Certificate)
Schoolcraft College, Garden City, MI (Certificate)
Seattle Vocational Institute, Seattle, WA (Certificate)
University of Alaska-Anchorage, Anchorage, AK (Certificate)

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.

Medical Assisting
Knox Technical Center, Mount Vernon, OH (Diploma)
National American University-Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO (Associate)

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.

Anesthesia Technology
College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL

Cardiovascular Technology
St Philip's College, San Antonio, TX (Invasive Cardiovascular Technology, Associate)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Temple College, Temple, TX (Vascular)
University of Charleston, Charleston, WV (General)
University of Charleston, Charleston, WV (Cardiac)
University of Charleston, Charleston, WV (Vascular)

Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Alabama Fire College, Tuscaloosa, AL
Three Rivers College, Poplar Bluff, MO

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 Services-Paramedic
Lackawanna College, Towanda, PA
LowCountry Regional EMS Council, North Charleston, SC

Medical Assisting
Colorado Mountain College, Edwards, CO (Certificate)
Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, MI (Certificate)
Midwest Technical Institute-Brownsburg, Brownsburg, IN (Diploma)
National American University-Georgetown, Georgetown, TX (Associate)
National American University-Bellevue, Bellevue, NE (Associate)
National American University-Tulsa, Tulsa, OK (Associate)
Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, Valdosta, GA (Diploma)
 
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.

Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic
Brookhaven College, Farmers Branch, TX
               Standard: III.A.2.
               Standard: III.A.2.
               Progress Report Due:  June 1, 2016

Medical Assisting
Everest College-Thornton, Denver, CO (Diploma)
               Standard:  III.C.2.
               Progress Report Due:  May 1, 2017
               Standard: IV.B.1.
               Progress Report Due:  October 21, 2016



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