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 accreditation benefit me?

A:  Accreditation provides assurance that educational programs are following national Standards that have been developed by the profession.  In addition, graduates of CAAHEP-accredited perfusion programs are eligible to take the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion credentialing exam.

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

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

Q:  Where can I find additional information on the accreditation and the perfusion profession?

A:  Checkout out the STUDENTS section of the CAAHEP website.  It contains information about the perfusion profession, things to consider before selecting a program, and frequently asked questions regarding accreditation.