What is Accreditation and Why is it Important?
Broadly speaking, accreditation is an effort to assess the quality of institutions, programs and services, measuring them against agreed-upon standards and thereby assuring that they meet those standards.
In the case of post-secondary education and training, there are two kinds of accreditation: institutional and programmatic (or specialized).
Institutional accreditation helps to assure potential students that a school is a sound institution and has met certain minimum standards in terms of administration, resources, faculty and facilities.
Programmatic (or specialized) accreditation examines specific schools or programs within an educational institution (e.g., the law school, the medical school, the nursing program). The standards by which these programs are measured have generally been developed by the professionals involved in each discipline and are intended to reflect what a person needs to know and be able to do to function successfully within that profession.
Accreditation in the health-related disciplines also serves a very important public interest. Along with certification and licensure, accreditation is a tool intended to help assure a well-prepared and qualified workforce providing health care services.
About accreditation. (n.d.). Retrieved October 30, 2010, from Commission of Accreditation of Allied health Programs: http://www.caahep.org/Content.aspx?ID=1
What is CAAHEP?
CAAHEP is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field. In collaboration with its Committees on Accreditation, CAAHEP reviews and accredits over 2000 educational programs in twenty-two (22) health science occupations.
CAAHEP is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
CAAHEP is a member of the Association of Specialized & Professional Accreditors (ASPA).
To contact CAAHEP write to:
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
1361 Park Street
Clearwater, FL 3375