CAAHEP

For Students

Trying to find the right program at the right institution can be a complicated and confusing process.  Since you are on the CAAHEP website, you are probably trying to determine if the program that you are interested in is accredited.  To access a complete and accurate list of all CAAHEP accredited programs, visit the Find an Accredited Program page to search the CAAHEP database for a CAAHEP accredited program that fits your needs.  

It is important when choosing a program to understand what that choice can mean for your future.  Some professions are similar.  Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Cardiovascular Technology, for example, are professions that are distinct yet share some of the same types of skills. So, it is a good idea to explore all of your options before deciding which profession is best for you. Also, m
any professions require that a student graduate from an accredited program in order to be eligible to sit for certification or registry exams (and, for some professions, for state licensing exams).  So, it is also important to educate yourself on what is required to get a job in the field once you have completed your education.  If you are interested in learning more about the professions and the program areas that CAAHEP accredits visit the Profession Description and Certification Information page

Prospective students and their families frequently have many questions about the accreditation process.  If you have a question such as how often does the CAAHEP Board of Directors meet to review programs, or is there certification or licensure for the profession in which you are interested, check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

CAAHEP is a programmatic accreditor.  This means that CAAHEP reviews programs to see if they comply with a set of Standards and Guidelines which have  been developed and approved for a particular field of study by the major professional organization(s) and the CAAHEP Board of Directors. Accredited programs are assessed on an on-going basis to assure that they continue to meet the appropriate Standards and Guidelines.

Please note that while many professions require that a student graduate from an accredited program in order to be eligible to sit for certification or registry exams (and, for some professions, for state licensing exams), CAAHEP has no role in the certification, registry or licensure process for individuals.

What is CAAHEP Accreditation and Why Should I Care brochure (PDF)