WHAT IS ACCREDITATION?
Accreditation is a process of evaluation that determines the extent to which Standards are met. There is institutional accreditation , which examines the school/institution as a whole; and there is programmatic accreditation , which examines individual programs within the school/institution.
WHO IS THE COA PSG?
The Committee on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technologist Education (CoA PSG) became a member of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( CAAHEP ) in April 2003. The Committee on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technologist Education in cooperation with CAAHEP is to establish, maintain and promote appropriate standards of quality for educational programs in polysomnography and to provide recognition for educational programs that meet or exceed the minimum standards outlined in the accreditation Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Polysomnographic Technology.
PURPOSE OF CoA PSG
The Committee on Accreditation for Polysomnographic Technologist Education is involved in programmatic accreditation. The CoA PSG reviews educational programs in polysomnographic technology to determine the extent to which the program meets the Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Polysomnography Technology. After evaluating a program, the CoA PSG formulates a recommendation for accreditation, and forwards it to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). CAAHEP reviews the CoA PSG recommendation, assures that due process took place during the evaluation process, and makes the final award of accreditation. Accreditation is awarded to a program when it is determined that the program is in substantial compliance with the Standards.
WHAT IS CAAHEP?
CAAHEP is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field. In collaboration with its Committees on Accreditation, CAAHEP reviews and accredits over 2000 educational programs in health science occupations.
CAAHEP is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CAAHEP is also a member of the Association of Specialized & Professional Accreditors (ASPA).
Additional information can be found on the CAAHEP website: www.caahep.org
A LIST OF CAAHEP ACCREDITED PROGRAMS?
Click the link listed below, and click on the Polysomnography profession.
Accreditation provides assurance that educational programs are following national Standards that have been developed by the profession. In addition, graduates of CAAHEP-accredited polysomnographic programs are eligible to take the Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists exam ( BRPT exam ).