Pursuing CAHME Accreditation for an Online Program: Lessons from the Field

Pursuing CAHME Accreditation for an Online Program: Lessons from the Field

March 14, 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST

Web-based (online) higher education continues to expand as many universities look for ways to expand their footprint while serving the development and training needs of students and professionals looking for careers in health care administration. With CAHME’s bold move of removing the 120 hour “live” instructor/student engagement in May 2018, accredited programs are open more so than ever before to add online degree options.

Programs currently offering online delivery can achieve CAHME accreditation! The 35 CAHME criteria can be intimidating to even a seasoned academic. This session reviews how online programs can meet CAHME criteria while under increasing demands and the ever present reality of limited resources. Join the AUPHA Online Program Directors Forum for a one-hour panel presentation and Q&A to learn from the experience of three seasoned program directors of three CAHME accredited online programs.

The panel –

Anne Hewitt, Seton Hall University, Nutley, NJ

Dawn Oetjen, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

Steven Szydlowski, University of Scranton, Scranton, PA

Moderators –

AUHPA Community Forum Chair, Carla Stebbins, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

AUPHA Community Forum Chair-elect, Eric Richardson, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC

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Seton Hall University Online

Seton Hall University Online Program
Commission On Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

University Website:
https://www.shu.edu/academics/mha.cfm
Degree Offered Accreditation Information
Online: MHA First Accreditation: 2013
Last Site Visit:
Fall 2016
Next Site Review:
Fall 2023
Program Information Contact Information
 

School of Health and Medical Sciences
Department of Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration
Master of Healthcare Administration Program

 

Anne Hewitt, PhD
Program Director

Seton Hall University, Online
400 South Orange Avenue South Orange, NJ 07079-2646

Anne.Hewitt@shu.edu

Phone: (973)275-2070

 


Accreditation Summary Report

Clarkson University Online

Commission On Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

University Website:
http://www.clarkson.edu/index.html
Degree Offered Accreditation Information

Online:
MBA
First Accreditation: 1982
Last Site Visit:
Fall 2012
Next Site Review:
Fall 2019
Program Information Contact Information
 

The Graduate College
Dept: NA
MBA Healthcare Management Program

 

Dr. John Huppertz, PhD
Program Director

Clarkson University Online Regional Campus
80 Nott Terrace
Schenectady, NY 12308-3131

jhuppert@clarkson.edu

Phone: (518)631-9892

Fax: (518)631-9901

 



Accreditation Summary Report

University of Scranton Online

The University of Scranton Online
Commission On Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

University Website:
https://elearning.scranton.edu/mha/masters-health-administration
Degree Offered Accreditation Information
Online: MHA First Accreditation: 1997
Last Site Visit:
Spring 2013
Next Site Review:
Spring 2020
Program Information Contact Information
 

Panuska College of Professional Studies
Department of Health Administration and Human Resources
Master of Health Administration

 

Steven Szydlowski, DHA, MBA, MHA
Assistant Professor & Program Director (MHA)

University of Scranton, Online Program
Graduate Health Administration 413 McGurrin Hall
Scranton, PA 18510

sjs14@scranton.edu

Phone: (570)941-4367

Fax: (570)941-5882

 



Accreditation Summary Report

University of Central Florida Executive Online

UniversityUniversity of Central Florida Executive Online
Commission On Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

University Website:
http://www.ce.ucf.edu/emshsa
Degree Offered Accreditation Information
Executive Online: MHA First Accreditation: 2004
Last Site Visit:
Fall 2013
Next Site Review:
Fall 2020
Program Information Contact Information
 

College of Health and Public Affairs
Department of Health Management and Informatics
Master of Health Administration


Dr. Bernardo Ramirez, PhD, MD, MBA

Associate Professor & Program Director of eMSHSA Program

University of Central Florida,
Executive Online Program

4364 Scorpius Street
Orlando, FL 32816

Bernardo.Ramirez@ucf.edu

Phone: (407)823-4133



Accreditation Summary Report

Florida International University Online

Florida International University Online MBA
Commission On Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

University Website:
http://www.fiuonline.com/programs/online-graduate-degrees/healthcare-mba.php
Degree Offered Accreditation Information

Online:
MBA
First Accreditation: 2016
Last Site Visit:
Spring 2016
Next Site Review:
Spring 2023
Program Information Contact Information
Alvah H. Chapman, Jr., Graduate School of Business
Department: NA
Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management
Miriam Weismann, JD, LLM (taxation)
Academic Director Healthcare MBA, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

Florida International University
11200 SW 8th St, Mango Building., Room 375
Miami, FL 33199-2516

miriam.weismann@fiu.edu

Phone: (305)348-0503

Fax: (305)779-7890

 



Accreditation Summary Report

UNIVERSITY PROGRAMS

 

Why CAHME is important to University Programs.

CAHME is an organization that helps programs improve through peer and practitioner review. It does this through site visits, boot camps, enhanced benchmarking, and mentorship activities. It provides to students access to materials such as Modern Healthcare and AHA’s Personal Membership groups at no cost. CAHME offers several scholarships available only to students from CAHME Accredited programs, as well as an award programs that provides recognition to programs that succeed through an innovative partnership with major healthcare organizations. CAHME’s mission is to advance the quality of healthcare management education.

  • Without accreditation, quality is hard to distinguish. The lack of an accrediting process leaves students unsure of the quality of the educational experience.
  • Employers want assurance that graduate’s learning and experience properly prepared them for the wide variety of management responsibilities they’ll encounter.

Healthcare Education Program Directors that distinguish their programs with CAHME accreditation are better positioned to compete for high caliber student applicants.

 

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Additional Information about CAHME Accreditation can be found here.

Anna’s Story

My name is Anna Dolgova and I’m a second year graduate student at Seton Hall University, completing a Master’s in Health Care Administration. In addition to being a full time graduate student, I’m also a Petty Officer Second Class in the US Navy, stationed at Norfolk Naval Base. I chose Seton Hall’s MHA program for its flexible online program format and its accreditation by CAHME. My career aspirations to become commissioned as a Health Care Administrator in the Navy Medical Service Corps is contingent upon earning an MHA from a university program accredited by CAHME. This requirement ensures a level of quality and oversight so future officers are fully prepared for real world challenges in the fleet.

When I was applying to universities over a year and half ago, I realized that there were many online MHA options but few of them were accredited by CAHME. I would find out that in addition to meeting academic competencies and benchmarks, all of their online programs required multiple intensive in-person residencies at the university. These residencies provide invaluable face-to-face time with your peers and professors and help strengthen contacts. For many full-time workers like myself, this is the next best thing to a ‘brick and mortar’ experience, fostering relationships that would have otherwise been limited to our computers. The CAHME stamp of approval at Seton Hall gave me confidence that their MHA would follow a time tested and proven curriculum, preparing me to be an effective future administrator.

Additional Information about CAHME Accreditation can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s a major decision for any new student wishing to start a career path. And if you’re returning to school to start a master degree that decision is often more complex as you may need to find a program that meets the time and financial requirements of a working professional.

To help with this decision we’ve asked our Program Directors and former students to contribute questions and in some cases answers to various questions potential students to CAHME Accredited Masters Programs may ask or wish they’d asked in advance. If there are questions that have not been addressed please call or email the specific CAHME Accredited Programs being considered and ask them. We suggest calling two or three programs!!

Why should I go into healthcare management? Are there many good jobs?
Healthcare management is a broad field serving one of the largest and most essential industry segments in the United States and Canada. Management is needed in the multiple aspects of the industry which include: hospitals, nursing homes, physician’s offices, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, consulting, government and public policy, and many more.

There are many jobs but more importantly a career in healthcare management gives a person the feeling of doing good for his/her fellow man. It may seem that physicians and nurses are doing the healing but they couldn’t do their job as well without trained executives and managers.

Why do I need a Master Degree?
Healthcare management as a profession was recognized more than fifty years ago. Even then the industry was complex. Leaders and administrators required a level of expertise and skills not normally attained at the undergraduate level. From the first CAHME Accredited Graduate Program founded in 1932 until now, the Masters degree is recognized as the essential first step toward an executive and managerial career in most healthcare organizations.

What makes a CAHME Accredited Masters Program better?
The student who enters a CAHME Accredited Masters Program is assured a level of quality that only comes from accreditation. In order for a graduate program in healthcare management to become accredited it must submit to a rigorous examination of its purpose, the curriculum, the student experience and the success of the graduates in the competitive job market. For the program to remain a CAHME Accredited Program, the program must submit to periodic self examination followed by review of an outside panel of experts to assure the public that the program is constantly seeking to improve itself.

How do I know which CAHME Accredited program is the correct one for my particular interest?
It is important to go to the websites of the programs in your area or those you might have heard about to read what they offer. Programs are designed to meet certain goals and those goals do vary. There are over eighty CAHME Accredited Programs  to select from. Check their mission; if a list of alumni is shown, look at the jobs they hold.

What are the degree options for a career in healthcare management?
The degree granted by the college or university often depends on the school where the CAHME Accredited Program is housed. The predominant degrees offered by CAHME Accredited Programs are Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA); Master of Public Health (MPH); Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Public Administration (MPA). There is an opportunity with some CAHME Accredited programs to pursue dual degrees. Examples include joint JD/MHA; MD/MBA; MBA/MPH and MHA/MBA to name just a few of the options. The individual and joint degrees offered by programs are listed under Accredited Programs .

Do graduates from CAHME accredited programs get better jobs?
More than 90% of graduates from CAHME Accredited Programs are placed in a healthcare management job within 3 months of graduation.

Are there CAHME accredited programs designed for working professionals?
Many CAHME accredited programs have “Executive” programs with curriculum specifically designed to accommodate the work schedules of the individuals already involved in the healthcare and other industries. The design of these programs varies.  Other programs may offer courses in the evenings to accommodate the working professional.  Regardless of curriculum design the student is assured that the program receives the same rigorous review as does the traditional program. Going to the website of the program of interest is the best way to determine if a certain program has the appropriate design to meet the student’s needs. CAHME also announced accreditation of fully online programs starting January, 2015 that provides additional flexibility for working professionals. To learn more about accreditation of fully online programs, please visit here.

Seton Hall University

Seton Hall University
Commission On Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

University Website:
https://www.shu.edu/academics/mha.cfm
Degree Offered Accreditation Information
Residential: MHA First Accreditation: 2013
Last Site Visit:
Fall 2016
Next Site Review:
Fall 2023
Program Information Contact Information
 

School of Health and Medical Sciences
Department of Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration
Master of Healthcare Administration Program

 

Anne Hewitt, PhD
Program Director

Seton Hall University, Online
400 South Orange Avenue South Orange, NJ 07079-2646

Anne.Hewitt@shu.edu

Phone: (973)275-2070

 


Accreditation Summary Report