What You Should Know About Accreditation
Accreditation is a mechanism for assuring academic quality in higher education.
The institution that sponsors an accredited CAHIIM program, is required to have institutional accreditation by a regional or qualified institutional accreditor which must be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and must have provisions for Title IV Eligibility. This allows that institution to provide:
Eligibility for Federal Financial Aid
- Ability to Transfer Credits: Accreditation provides for establishing the acceptability of credits from school to school.
- Ability to enroll in Graduate education: If your undergraduate degree was earned at an unaccredited institution you run the risk that the graduate school in which you would like to enroll will not accept your degree.
Protection against fraud and abuse for students.
Professional programmatic accreditation means that in addition to the college or university's regional or national accreditation, programs in health information and health informatics may choose to seek CAHIIM accreditation, which is a voluntary peer review process to evaluate the program of study against CAHIIM Standards.
Please refer to the following video from the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) for information on accreditation.