AIMS Education is proud to announce that our Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography program (Adult Echocardiography concentration) has earned programmatic accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). AIMS is now one of only four programs in the state of New Jersey that have earned this prestigious accreditation.
This is the second program at AIMS to earn CAAHEP accreditation. In 2012, the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program earned programmatic accreditation for the general concentration (Abdomen and OB/GYN).
There are numerous benefits to graduating from a CAAHEP accredited sonography program. Most importantly, graduates of our DCS program will have the opportunity to become certified through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI). Sonographers who become certified through ARDMS and/or CCI will have a major competitive advantage in today’s job market.
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is a programmatic postsecondary accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and carries out its accrediting activities in cooperation with 23 review committees (Committees on Accreditation). CAAHEP currently accredits over 2100 entry level education programs in 28 health science professions.
Broadly speaking, accreditation is an effort to assess the quality of institutions, programs and services, measuring them against agreed-upon standards and thereby assuring that they meet those standards.
In the case of post-secondary education and training, there are two kinds of accreditation: institutional and programmatic (or specialized).
Institutional accreditation helps to assure potential students that a school is a sound institution and has met certain minimum standards in terms of administration, resources, faculty and facilities.
Programmatic (or specialized) accreditation examines specific schools or programs within an educational institution (e.g., the law school, the medical school, the nursing program). The standards by which these programs are measured have generally been developed by the professionals involved in each discipline and are intended to reflect what a person needs to know and be able to do to function successfully within that profession.
Accreditation in the health-related disciplines also serves a very important public interest. Along with certification and licensure, accreditation is a tool intended to help assure a well-prepared and qualified workforce providing health care services.
To learn more about CAAHEP, please visit www.caahep.org.