Standards & Guidelines

At the heart of the CAAHEP accreditation system are our nationally-recognized Standards. All CAAHEP Standards have certain elements in common, however the Standards for each discipline contain specific requirements for training entry level practitioners in that profession. The Standards are approved by the CAAHEP Board of Directors and are subject to review every five years. The Standards review process is a rigorous one that includes, input from the communities of interest, a public open hearing, and approval by the Committee on Accreditation (CoA) and its sponsoring organization(s).

The Standards review and revision process requires that proposed Standards be posted on the CAAHEP website at least 30 days prior to the date of the open hearing. Please check News and Announcements for current notices of open hearings. If you would like to comment on proposed standards for any of the CAAHEP professions, please email

To review the Standards and Guidelines for a specific profession, please select the appropriate profession below (please note in some instances there may be more than one set of Standards for the profession, if this is the case please contact the appropriate CoA to determine which set of Standards currently applies to your program):

Advanced Cardiovascular Sonography 

Anesthesia Technology

Anesthesiologist Assistant (Effective through 12/31/2016)

Anesthesiologist Assistant (Effective beginning 1/1/2017) NEW!

Art Therapist (Effective 1/1/2017) NEW!

Assistive Technologist  NEW!

Cardiovascular Technology 

Clinical Research Profession (Effective 9/1/2017) NEW!

  (effective through June 30, 2014)

Cytotechnology (effective July 1, 2014) 

Diagnostic Medical Sonography 

Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic (effective through December 31, 2015)

Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic   (effective January 1, 2016)

Exercise Physiology (effective January 19, 2017) NEW!

Exercise Physiology (effective through January 18, 2017)

Exercise Science (effective January 19, 2017) NEW!

Exercise Science (effective through January 18, 2017)

Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring


Lactation Consultant

Medical Assisting (Effective as of April 1, 2015)

Medical Assisting (Effective through March 31, 2015)
(Please note, if you are looking for the 2003 Medical Assisting Standards as referenced in Arizona law, click here.)

Medical Illustration

Medical Scribe Specialist     NEW! Appendix B updated 1/19/17

Neurodiagnostic Technology

Orthotic and Prosthetic Technician

(Please note, if you are looking for the 2006 version of the Orthotic /Prosthetics Standards, they can be found here.)


Personal Fitness Training

Polysomnographic Technology Standards
(Please note, if you are looking for the 2004 version of the Polysomnographic Technology Standards, the can be found here.)

Recreational Therapy (Effective July 1, 2017) NEW!

Recreational Therapy (Effective through June 30, 2017)

Specialist in Blood Bank Technology/Transfusion Medicine

Surgical Assisting

Surgical Technology