glossary

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AAMA
The American Association of Medical Assistants. After completing CAHE's ABHES-accredited Medical AssistantProgram, graduates qualify to sit for the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam administered by the AAMA, a national registry of Certified Medical Assistants.
Abdomen/ General
The part of the body of a vertebrate containing the digestive organs. CAHE's Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS)to offer a program inDiagnostic Medical Sonography – General Concentration (Abdomen) as well as Obstetrics and Gynecology(OB/GYN).
ABHES
Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. ABHES is an institutional and programmatic accreditor which is nationally recognized by the United States Department of Education.
Accreditation
Recognition of an institution for its ability to meet a defined set of standards. ABHES grants institutional accreditation as well as Surgical Technology and Medical Assistant programmatic accreditation.Other programsmaintainseparate programmatic accreditation.
Admissions Committee
An advisory committee consisting of administrative staff and faculty members who review and make recommendations regarding whether an applicant is qualified to be granted admission into a program.
Administration
The staff responsible for administering, supervising and managing the operation of a school. A list of CAHE'sadministrativestaff canbe found on the school website's Administrative Page.
Admission Requirements
The requirements an applicant must meet in order to be considered eligible for admission into an educational program.
Admissions
The process of being granted entry into an educational program. Each program'sadmissions page on CAHE's website outlines all of the requirements and processes for entry into a program.
Admissions Process
The process followed by an applicant to determine their eligibility for admission into an educational program. CAHE's admissions process includes, but is not limited to, submission of required documentation, the ability to meet a program's technical standards,and an in-person interview.
Affiliates
Organizations with which an institution has a written agreement and understanding with respect to the transfer of coursework or providing students with a facility in which to complete the clinical experience component of their program. CAHE is affiliated with many hospitals, outpatient facilities and institutions.
Alumni
Graduates or former students of aninstitution.
Application Form
The form completed by applicants applying to the institution, demonstrating the applicant's qualifications and eligibility for admission into a program. CAHE'sonline application can be found atwww.cahe.edu/apply
Application Checklist
A list outlining the supporting and supplementary documentation that an applicant is required to submit as part of their application for the program.
Application Fee
The fee charged to process an applicant's application for their program of interest which is submitted together with the application.
ARDMS
American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography. Graduates of a CAAHEP-accredited Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program qualify to sit for the ARDMS credentialing examinations.
ARRT
American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Graduates of a JRCERT-accredited program in Radiography or Radiation Therapy qualify to sit for the respective ARRT examination.
Articulation Agreements
The formal agreements (or partnership) between two or institutions, documenting the coursework transfer policies for a specific academic program or degree in general. CAHE has articulation agreements with a number of institutions, including Saint Francis College, Saint Joseph's College, Clarion University and SUNY Empire State College.
ASRT
TAmerican Society of Radiologic Technologists. A professional association for the medical imaging and radiation therapy community.
Associate Degree
An undergraduate academic degree awarded by colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study lasting two years. An associate or more advanced degree is required for admission into CAHE'sRadiation Therapy Program, and for graduates of CAHE's Radiography Program to qualify for the ARRT credentialing examination.
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Book List
The list of textbooks and other materials associated with a program that a student is required to purchase. Each program's book list can be found inthe Student Resources section of CAHE'swebsite and is updateda few weeks before the start of each cohort.
BPSS
The New York State Education Department's Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision (BPSS). The New York Methodist Hospital is licensed by BPSS.
Brochure
A small publication containing pictures and/or general information about a product or service. Printedand electronic brochures are available for each program offered by CAHE.
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CAAHEP
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. CAAHEP accredits CAHE'sDiagnostic Medical Sonography Program and Paramedic Program.
Career Services Department
A department that assistsstudents and alumni with preparing to enter the workforce as well as identifying and securing career opportunities.
Certificate of Completion
A certificate awarded to graduates uponcompletion of the didactic, clinical and graduation requirements of a program.
Cohort
A group of students within a program who are subject to the same policies and who progress through the same courses simultaneously. CAHE's programs operate on acohort-based system.
CT
Computed Tomography.CAHE offers a Continuing Education course in Computed Tomography. The course is approved by the ASRT for Category A continuing education (CE)credits, and students who complete all of the course requirements qualify to sit for the ARRT's CT credentialing examination.
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New York State Department of Health
The department of The New York State government responsible for public health.
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
A medical procedure that uses ultrasound to produce visual images of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body.
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Emergency Medical Technician(EMT)
Clinicians trained to respond quickly to emergency situations regarding medical issues, traumatic injuries and accident scenes. Individuals interested in becoming a Paramedic must first possess certification as an EMT.
Entrance Exam
An examination that many educational institutions use to select students for admission.Applicants to CAHE's programs sit for the applicable entrance exam as part of the admissions process, unless exempt based on past academic performance. The exam consists of a Math and English section, and students have an opportunity to prepare for the exam.
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FERPA
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
Financial Aid
Funding that is available to students to assist in covering the costs incurred in the pursuit of post-secondary education. Financial aid is available from federal and state governments, educational institutions and private agencies, and can be awarded in the forms of grants, education loans and scholarships. To apply for anyfederal financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).Applicants andstudents are encouraged to contact CAHE'sFinancial Aid Department for additional information.
Financial Services
CAHE's department which is available to assist students with account managementand establishing payment plans.
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GED
General Education Diploma (GED). A high school equivalency diploma which provides certification that the individual has high school-level skills.A high school diploma, HSED or GED is required for admission into all of CAHE's programs.
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Healthcare
The maintenance orimprovement of physical and mental health through the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, illness and injury.
HSED
High School Equivalency Diploma. A high school diploma, HSED, or GED is required for admission into all of CAHE's programs.
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Admissions Interview
A meeting between an applicant and two members of CAHE'sAdmissions Committee. The admissions interview is the final step in the admissions process.
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Job Placement
A service provided by an institution to assist students and graduates with preparing for and securing employment. The reported job placement rates for CAHE's programscanbe found under "Program Outcomes."
JRCERT
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. JRCERT provides programmatic oversightand accreditation for CAHE'sRadiography Program and Radiation Therapy Program.
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Medical Assistant
An allied health professional that supports the work of physicians and other health professionals, usually in a clinical setting.
MRI
Magnetic Resonance Imaging. CAHE offers a continuing Education course in MRI. The course is approved by the ASRT for Category A Continuing Education (CE) Credits, and students who successfully complete all of the course's requirements qualify to sit for the ARRT's credentialing examination in MRI.
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NBSTSA
The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) is a certifying agency for surgical technologists.
NREMT
The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) is a national EMS certificationorganization that provides a valid, uniform process to assess the knowledge and skills required for competent practice by EMS professionals throughout their careers and by maintaining a registry of certification status.
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OB/GYN
Obstetrics and Gynecology. CAHE's Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and the Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS)to offer a program inDiagnostic Medical Sonography – Obstetrics and Gynecology(OB/GYN) as well as General Concentration (Abdomen).
OR (Operating Room) Technician
Operating room (OR) technicians, also called surgical technologists, assist surgeons, nurses and physicians before and during surgical procedures. They prepare the operating room, manage equipment and perform basic surgical tasks.
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Paramedic
A person trained to administeremergency medical care to people who are seriously ill or injured, with the aim of stabilizing them before they are taken to the hospital.
Paramedic Refresher
An81-hour New York State-approved course taken by Paramedicsas a method of maintaining their certification or renewing their expired certification. An81-hour New York State-approved course taken by Paramedic program graduates who did not successfully pass the certifying examination by their second attempt.
Program Director
A qualified individual responsible for management and oversight of a program, its faculty and students.
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Radiation Therapist
An allied health professionalwho plans and administers radiation treatments to cancer patients.
Radiography
The process or occupation of taking radiographs or x-rays to assist in medical examinations.
Radiologic Technologist
Health care professionals who perform imaging procedures, such as X-ray examinations. Radiologic technologistsare responsible for accurately positioning patients and ensuring that a quality diagnostic image is produced.
Retention
A process of ensuring student success or graduation by providing services designed to retain students for the entire duration of the program. Reported retention rates for each of CAHE's programscanbe found on CAHE's website under "Program Outcomes."
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Saint Francis College (SFC)
A private institution founded in 1884, with which CAHE has an articulation agreement enabling some students to transfer coursework completed in some of CAHE's programs towards a Bachelor's Degree in certain health sciences at SFC.
Student Leadership Committee
A committee consisting of a class representative from each cohort. The Committee serves as a liaison between the student body and CAHE'sadministration, engages in school development and aids in promoting participation in community events.
SUNY Empire State College
An arts and sciences college of the State University of New York which provides accredited non-traditional adult education through individualized degree programs, distance learning, flexible independent study, and online courses.
Surgical Technology
Operating room (OR) technicians, also called surgical technologists, assist surgeons, nurses and physicians before and during surgical procedures. They prepare the operating room, manage equipment and perform basic surgical tasks.
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Ultrasound
Sound or other vibrations having an ultrasonic frequency, particularly as used in medical imaging. CAHE'sDiagnostic Medical Sonography Program is alsoreferred to as the Ultrasound Program.