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CAAHEP's 25th Anniversary 1994-2019

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The CAAHEP of today was originally a committee within the American Medical Association known as the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA). In October 1992, the AMA announced that it would no longer be accrediting education programs, and that CAHEA would be phased out as an AMA committee by the end of 1993. In the interim, the AMA agreed to support the creation of a successor agency until December 31, 1996.

So, the original volunteers of CAHEA got to work to create a new organization. Their work was fast and the fledgling organization adopted Bylaws on April 19, 1994, and became incorporated in the State of Illinois on May 27 of that year. CAHEA opened its door on July 1, 1994, and was the largest specialized allied health accreditation agency in the country, accrediting programs in 17 allied health disciplines. CAHEA was a diverse organization consisting of 85 Commissioners from 49 professional allied health organizations and related medical specialty groups, including 17 Committees on Accreditation. The Commission, creating a system of checks and balances, carried out its chief accreditation and leadership functions through its Commissioners, Executive Board, Council on Accreditation and Recognition, and leadership from its 17-member CoAs. The Commission changed its name in 1994 to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Today, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs is the preeminent accrediting body of allied health education programs with more than 2,200 accredited programs in 33 professions and 26 Committees on Accreditations.

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