Healthcare Administration Schools and Accreditation
Learn why accreditation is important when you choose your healthcare administration program.
Health Care Administration Schools Accreditation
When searching for the right health care administration program, it’s common practice to consider such things as does the program allow you to specialize in your area of interest or does the school you’re considering offer a class schedule that fits your lifestyle.
But in addition to all the standard criteria that you’ll use to determine whether a health care administration school is a good match, you should also pay attention to whether their health care administration program is accredited.
Why Accreditation is Important
Accreditation is important for several reasons:
- It gives you the assurance that your health care administration program meets rigorous academic requirements.
- If you want to transfer to a different school during your program, attending an accredited school ensures that you won’t lose any credits, as long as the new program is also accredited.
- If you choose to pursue higher education after the completing your degree, accreditation will ensure that all your credits will transfer.
- Attending an accredited health care administration program will smooth the way when applying for federal financial aid programs.
- Some employers only prefer to hire graduates who have attended accredited programs.
As you investigate the accreditation status of health care administration programs that interest you, look for approval from one of the following agencies:
- Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM): CAHIIM is the accrediting organization for degree-granting programs in health informatics and information management.
- Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME): CAHME is the only organization recognized to grant accreditation to individual academic programs offering a professional master’s degree in health care management education in the U.S. and Canada.
It’s important to be aware of professional organizations in any career field you choose, as you’ll find opportunities to network and learn from your peers—and maintain your knowledge of industry news and changing standards.
Here are some organizations to be aware of:
- Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA): AUPHA is a not-for-profit association of university-based bachelor’s and master’s level educational programs, faculty, practitioners and provider organizations.
- American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE): ACHE is an international professional society of 30,000 health care executives who lead our nation’s hospitals, health care systems and other health care organizations.
- American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA): ACHCA is a non-profit membership organization which provides superior educational programming, certification in a variety of positions, and career development for its members.
- American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA):AHIMA is the premier association of health information management (HIM) professionals.
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