Broadly speaking, accreditation is an effort to assess the quality of institutions, programs, and services, measuring them against accepted quality standards.
There are two types of accreditation: Institutional and Programmatic (or specialized). CAAHEP is a programmatic accrediting body.
In addition, 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 is providing health care services.
Accreditation is a review of a program, institution or service, therefore, an individual CANNOT be accredited. Individuals may become certified, licensed or registered, but NOT accredited. CAAHEP is not involved in the certification, licensure, or registry of individuals. To learn about certification, licensure, or registry, individuals must contact the appropriate certifying body for their profession.
Since 2000, CAAHEP has been collecting data from all programs that have gone through the accreditation process regarding their experience with the CAAHEP process. After each CAAHEP Board of Directors meeting, all programs that were on the agenda for accreditation actions receive an electronic Accreditation Process Assessment survey. Over the years, CAAHEP has made changes to the accreditation notification letters, program certificates, as well as adjustments to administrative processes based on the feedback received from programs.
If your program recently received accreditation from CAAHEP and you have not received an electronic invitation to complete the Accreditation Process Assessment, please notify us.
If you are interested in reviewing results from the most recent CAAHEP meeting, please contact staff to receive a copy of the results.