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  • Accreditation is a systematic and ongoing process of asking and answering the question "How good is this educational program?"

    Accreditation Committee - Perfusion Education is one of the CAAHEP Committees on Accreditation. (It is sometimes referred to by its acronym, AC-PE.)

    Accreditation Status such as 'initial accreditation' or 'continuing accreditation' is granted when a program is in substantial compliance with the accreditation Standards. Continuing accreditation remains in effect until due process has demonstrated cause for its withdrawal. Only the CAAHEP Board of Directors has the authority to grant or remove accreditation.

    An Accreditation Record refers to all written materials available to the CoA and to CAAHEP documenting the program's accreditation history.

    Accreditation Review Committee for the Anesthesiologist Assistant is one of the CAAHEP Committees on Accreditation. (It is sometimes referred to by its acronym, ARC-AA.)

    Accreditation Review Committee for the Medical Illustrator is one of the CAAHEP Committees on Accreditation. (It is sometimes referred to by its acronym, ARC-MI.)

    Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting is one of the CAAHEP Committees on Accreditation. (It is sometimes referred to by its acronym, ARC-STSA.)

    Accreditation Standards are qualitative and quantitative measures used in assessing a health care education program's compliance with established national norms. In the CAAHEP system, the Standards for all professions accredited by CAAHEP are described in a document called Standards and Guidelines for an Educational Program in (name of profession) and are found on the CAAHEP website.

    AC-PE is the acronym for Accreditation Committee - Perfusion Education.

    Administrative Probation is applied to a program that has not complied with administrative requirements such as the payment of fees, the timely submission of reports, etc.

    Adverse Accreditation Decision: a CAAHEP action of Withhold Accreditation or Withdraw Accreditation.

    A program may Appeal an accreditation decision if the decision resulted in a withdrawal or withhold of accreditation. The program sponsor must show that regarding CAAHEP's decision: 1) the record does not support the decision; and/or 2) due process and proper procedure were not followed. Programs recommended for probationary accreditation are not eligible for appeal nor are programs in an initial status of accreditation when that status is allowed to expire.

    ARC-AA is the acronym for Accreditation Review Committee for the Anesthesiologist Assistant.

    ARC-MI is the acronym for Accreditation Review Committee for the Medical Illustrator.

    ARC-STSA is the acronym for Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting.

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  • CAAHEP the acronym for the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. 

    The CAAHEP Board of Directors is responsible for the approval of all accreditation recommendations and the review and approval of each set of Standards and Guidelines to which all CAAHEP accredited programs must adhere. Members of the Board are elected for three-year terms from amongst the Commissioners at the annual Commission meeting.

    CAAHEP is not involved in the Certification of individuals. Certification refers to the passing of an exam by an individual upon completion of an educational program to "show" competency in their chosen profession.

    CAHEA was the predecessor organization to CAAHEP. See Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, below.

    CARTE is the acronym for the Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education (CARTE)

    CoA is an acronym for Committee on Accreditation. See Committees on Accreditation below.

    CoA-ACS is the acronym for the Committee on Accreditation for Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography.

    CoAAPCR is the acronym for the Committee on Accreditation of Academic Programs in Clinical Research.

    CoA-ATE is the acronym for the Committee on Accreditation for Anesthesia Technologist Education.

    CoAEMSP is the acronym for Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions.

    CoAES is the acronym for Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences.

    CoA-KT is the acronym for Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for Kinesiotherapy.

    CoA-MSSE is the acronym for the Committee on Accreditation for Medical Scribe Specialist Education. 

    CoA-NDT is the acronym for Committee on Accreditation for Education in Neurodiagnostic Technology

    CoA-PSG is the acronym Committee on Accreditation of Education for the Polysomnographic Technologist.

    CoA-SBBT is the acronym for Committee on Accreditation of Specialist in Blood Bank Technology Schools.

    The Commission is the governing entity of CAAHEP comprised of approximately 85 representatives of member organizations (Commissioners). The majority of Commissioners represent either a CoA or a Sponsoring Organization. The remaining Commissioners represent deans of 4 year and 2 year colleges. Additionally, the Commission also has three appointed public members, one of whom represents recent graduates of accredited programs. Two of the public members serve both on the Commission and on the Board of Directors.

    Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or, simply, the Commission, currently accredits over 2200 education programs in 20 health care fields. CAAHEP is an accreditor of programs at the entry level of each profession. CAAHEP was formed in 1995. Its predecessor organization was the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation CAHEA. CAHEA was part of the American Medical Association (AMA). CAAHEP is a Section 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

    Committee on Accreditation for Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography is one of the CAAHEP Committees on Accreditation. (It is sometimes referred to by its acronym, CoA-ACS.)

    Committee on Accreditation for Anesthesia Technologist Education is one of the CAAHEP Committees on Accreditation. (It is sometimes referred to by its acronym, CoA-ATE.)

    Committee on Accreditation of Academic Programs in Clinical Research is one of the CAAHEP Committees on Accreditation. (It is sometimes referred to by its acronym, CoAAPCR)

    Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences is one of the CAAHEP Committees on Accreditation. (It is sometimes referred to by its acronym, CoAES.) The professions involved in this CoA are exercise science, exercise physiology, and personal fitness trainer.

    Committee on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technologist Education is one of the CAAHEP Committees on Accreditation. (It is sometimes referred to by its acronym, CoA-PSG.

    Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for Kinesiotherapy is one of the CAAHEP Committees on Accreditation. (It is sometimes referred to by its acronym, CoA-KT.)

    Committee on Accreditation for Medical Scribe Specialist Education is one of the CAAHEP Committees on Accreditation. (It is sometimes referred to by its acronym, CoA-MSSE.)

    Committee on Accreditation for Education in Neurodiagnostic Technology is one of the CAAHEP Committees on Accreditation. (It is sometimes referred to by its acronym, CoA-NDT.)

    Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education is one of the CAAHEP Committees on Accreditation. (It is sometimes referred to by its acroynm, CARTE)

    Committee on Accreditation of Specialist in Blood Bank Technology Schools is one of the CAAHEP Committees on Accreditation. (It is sometimes referred to by its acronym, CoA-SBBT.)


    Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions is one of the CAAHEP Committees on Accreditation. (It is sometimes referred to by its acronym, CoAEMSP.)


    There are 21 Committees on Accreditation (CoA) that participate in the CAAHEP system of accreditation. They work in cooperation with CAAHEP by managing the accreditation process in their respective professions and then forwarding recommendations for accreditation to CAAHEP. Each is also responsible for providing CAAHEP with the draft language for Standards and Guidelines in their specific profession.

    A complaint is a written and signed allegation received by the Commission or a CoA alleging that they or an accredited program are not following established Commission policies or accreditation Standards.

    Concentrations refer to specialties within a profession that have separate and independent minimum competency statements. For instance, a Diagnostic Medical Sonography program may offer concentrations in general, cardiac and/or vascular sonography.

    Continuing Accreditation is awarded after a program has already been initially accredited and then subsequently reviewed by the CoA at specified intervals. Continuing accreditation remains in place until the CAAHEP Board votes otherwise. Continuing accreditation is not time limited.

    CPRC is the acronym for Cytotechnology Programs Review Committee.

    Cytotechnology Programs Review Committee is one of the CAAHEP Committees on Accreditation. (It is sometimes referred to by its acronym, CPRC.)

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  • Guidelines are descriptions, examples, or recommendations that elaborate on the Standards. Guidelines are not required, but can assist with interpretation of the Standards. CoAs develop language for Guidelines as well as Standards; the CAAHEP Board approves and adopts Guidelines as well as Standards. The Standards and Guidelines document published by CAAHEP for each profession includes all the Standards and all the Guidelines.

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  • A program may request an Inactive status at any time. While a program is inactive, it retains its accreditation status but may not have any students matriculating in the program. A program may remain in an inactive status for up to two years. At the end of two years the program must either re-activate or voluntarily withdraw from the CAAHEP system of accreditation. Programs that are in an initial status of accreditation may not request an inactive status.

    Initial Accreditation is the accreditation status given the first time a program receives accreditation in the CAAHEP system. It is granted only after a program has demonstrated substantial compliance with CAAHEP Standards. A program is only awarded initial accreditation once and each subsequent accreditation award is then referred to as "continuing." Initial accreditation is time limited and is for a period of either three years or five years, depending upon the policy of the specific Committee on Accreditation (CoA) that is making the recommendation to the CAAHEP Board of Directors. At the end of the allotted time, the program may be recommended for continuing accreditation or probationary accreditation. If no such recommendation is forthcoming, the Initial Accreditation will automatically expire and the program will no longer be considered CAAHEP accredited. A program may request reconsideration of a CoA's decision to allow Initial Accreditation to expire. However, the CoA's decision is final and not appealable to the CAAHEP Board of Directors.

    Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring (IONM) is a related profession in which CAAHEP accredits programs. It is part of the Committee on Accreditation for Neurodiagnostic Tecnonology (CoA-NDT).

    Involuntary Withdrawal of Accreditation occurs when a program is no longer in compliance with the accreditation Standards and all attempts to remedy the deficiencies have failed.

    IONM is the acronym for Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring.

  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology is one of the CAAHEP Committees on Accreditation. (It is sometimes referred to by its acronym, JRC-CVT.)

    Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography
    is one of the CAAHEP Committees on Accreditation. (It is sometimes referred to by its acronym, JRC-DMS.)

    JRC-CVT is the acronym for Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology.

    JRC-DMS is the acronym for Joint Review Committee on Diagnostic Medical Sonography.

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  • LEAARC is the acronym for Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee, the CoA for the lactation consultant profession. 
     

  • MAERB is the acronym for Medical Assisting Education Review Board.

    Medical Assisting Education Review Board is one of the CAAHEP Committees on Accreditation. (It is sometimes referred to by its acronym, MAERB.)

  • National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education is one of the CAAHEP Committees on Accreditation. (It is sometimes referred to by its acronym, NCOPE.)

    NCOPE is the acronym for National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education.

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  • Probationary Accreditation is a temporary status of accreditation for programs that are not currently in substantial compliance with the accreditation Standards but are expected to be able to meet them within a specified time.

    CAAHEP is a Programmatic Accreditor. This means that CAAHEP reviews programs not institutions. Each program that wishes to achieve CAAHEP accreditation must apply for and receive accreditation separately.

    There are currently 26 health care Professions whose educational programs are eligible for CAAHEP accreditation. There is a Committee on Accreditation that specializes in each profession.

    Proprietary Institutions are "for profit" corporations that offer educational programs. These corporations frequently have campuses across the country. As with all of CAAHEP's accreditations, each program at each institution campus must apply for and receive its own accreditation status.

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  • Recreational Therapy is a treament service designed to restore, remediate and rehabilitate a person's level of functioning and independence in life activities, to promote health and wellness as well as reduce or eliminte the activity limitations and restriction to participation in life situations caused by an illness or disabling condition. (American Therapuetic Recreation Association [ATRA], 2009)

  • Sponsoring Organizations are associations of professionals that, among their many activities, sponsor CAAHEP and CoAs. Some associations sponsor more than one CoA.

    A Standard is a requirement that educational programs must meet to be accredited.

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  • Voluntary Withdrawal of Accreditation occurs when a sponsoring institution requests that its program(s) be removed from the CAAHEP system of accreditation. A program may request voluntarily withdrawal from the CAAHEP system of accreditation at any time.

  • Withhold of Accreditation occurs when a program seeking initial accreditation is not in compliance with the accreditation Standards making it impossible for the CoA to forward a positive accreditation recommendation.

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