The Answers to Your Questions About Program Accreditation
There are many different educational paths you can take to prepare for a healthcare career. You may be considering programs that deliver technical coursework, certification, licensing preparation, or a college degree. Some choices, of course, will depend upon your field of study. An important factor to consider for many educational programs is whether or not it is accredited. What role should this play in your decision? Here are some answers.
Q: What is accreditation?
Programs or entire schools are accredited only if they meet the highest standards and requirements for the curricula they offer. This status increases its credibility. To receive accreditation, schools apply to qualified third-party organizations, who review the credentials. Only those that meet a set of agreed-upon standards will be recognized with an accredited status. Schools are periodically reviewed to ensure that standards are continually being met.
Q: What does it take to become an accredited program?
The school is required to have the capabilities to educate and serve their students. This is done by showing proof of its ability and access to resources. The criteria are not only based on the course curriculum, but there are also components that review the school’s administrative policies and practices. Once the accrediting organization approves an application, they make periodic reviews to ensure that standards are continually being met.
Q: What does accreditation mean to me?
- You will be qualified to take certification exams.
- You may be eligible for financial aid or scholarships.
- The school you have selected has met specific criteria and standards for your chosen program, ensuring that you are receiving a great educational experience.
- Your education will be based on opportunities for future learning. The accredited program credits you receive may be applied towards more advanced programs, or an associates or bachelor’s degree.
- Accredited programs will give your career a qualified jump-start. Prospective employers will be more impressed with your qualifications.
Q: How can I find out more?
It’s important to know if accreditation for the program or school in which you’re interested was obtained through a valid organization. The DOE Database lists valid accrediting agencies and is available for review. Or you can check out the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.
CAHE is nationally institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, which is recognized as an accrediting agency by the United States Department of education.
The outcome of your choice can greatly differ. At CAHE, we realize how important this is. Each full-time program we offer is accredited by organizations that specialize in their specific area of expertise. Look at our accreditation page to see details on the program in which you’re interested.