General Information

Q:  What is accreditation?

A:  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.

Q:  Who is the AC-PE?

A:  The Accreditation Committee-Perfusion Education (AC-PE) is involved in programmatic accreditation.  The AC-PE reviews educational programs in perfusion to determine the extent to which the program meets the Standards and Guidelines for Accreditation of Education programs in Perfusion.  After evaluating a program, the AC-PE formulates a recommendation for accreditation and forwards it to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).  CAAHEP reviews the AC-PE 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.

Q:  How does this affect clinical instructors?

A:  Clinical instructors serving accredited perfusion programs play an integral role in the education of perfusion students.  It is important that they understand the responsibilities and required qualifications of a clinical instructor, and maintain a good relationship with the perfusion program for which they are serving as a clinical site.  

Q:  Where can I find a list of CAAHEP-accredited programs?

A:  Visit CAAHEP’s website to locate contact information for accredited programs