What is Accreditation?
Accreditation is a non-governmental, voluntary system of self-regulation. Its core is the concept of self-evaluation. The Accreditation Commission for Allied Health Career Certification’s (ACAHC) accreditation process evaluates each Credentialing Organization on the basis of its stated objectives and compliance to externally mandated minimum standards. The organization conducts a self-study to evaluate how well it is meeting its educational goals. ACAHC then provides an independent assessment, which determines if a organization meets accreditation requirements.
Credentialing Organizations Accreditation
To attain ACAHC accreditation, all credentialing organizations must comply with certain business requirements as well as the appropriate standards.
ACAHC standards create a minimum expectation for the allied Health Career Credentialing education providers. Standards are grouped into categories and include topics such as organizational process, patient care, performance management, product safety, and facility safety. Each of these categories contains a set of standards unique to the specific type of accreditation an organization is seeking. The accreditation process involves self-assessment by the organization, followed by thorough on-site review by the ACAHC's expert surveyors, who are themselves, health care professionals.
To achieve our mission, the Accreditation Commission for Allied Health Career Certifications seeks to:
- hold itself to high standards and ethical behavior
- uphold the standards it establishes in a non-punitive manner
- support diversity in all its many forms
- promote self-examination and self-analysis of programs and curriculum
- aspire to achieve educational excellence as a predicate to professional excellence
- encourage education that prepares students to succeed in a changing world
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