13Jul

AMT Sponsorship of MAERB

Recently, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) voted unanimously to approve AMT as a sponsor of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) of CAAHEP. As part of that approval, Christopher A. Damon, JD, Executive Director of AMT, will serve as AMT’s Commissioner to the CAAHEP Board of Directors. With more than 80,000 actively certified members, mostly medical assistants, AMT will bring additional insights to help inform the MAERB and CAAHEP standards development process.

Broadly speaking, accreditation is a “seal of approval” from an independent accrediting body attesting that an organization has met specific standards. Most likely, your school or healthcare organization is accredited by a relevant accrediting organization, which often is sought as an indication of quality. There are two basic kinds of educational accreditation, institutional or programmatic. Typically, institutional accreditation covers an entire school as an indicator that the sum of its parts helps it meet its objectives. Programmatic accreditation applies to programs, departments or schools that are just a portion of a postsecondary institution. Read more at: https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/FAQAccr.aspx

In allied health education, CAAHEP is a programmatic postsecondary accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CAAHEP accredits more than 2,200 entry-level education programs in 32 health science professions. Within CAAHEP is MAERB, which is a Committee on Accreditation (CoA) focused on medical assisting programs.

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