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The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is a programmatic postsecondary accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and carries out its accrediting activities in cooperation with 25 review Committees on Accreditation. CAAHEP currently accredits more than 2200 entry level education programs in 32 health science professions.

Our Vision: CAAHEP is the innovative leader for health sciences education accreditation.

Our Mission: CAAHEP provides value to stakeholders by setting standards for quality assurance in health professions education.

Our Values: Integrity, Collaboration, Accountability, Consensus


CAAHEP, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, was formed in 1994. Its predecessor organization was the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA). CAHEA was part of the American Medical Association (AMA).

CAAHEP is comprised of both a Commission and a Board of Directors. The Commission is composed of representatives appointed to represent the organizations that belong to CAAHEP as well as certain other “communities of interest,” including recent graduate, public members, hospital-based programs, and others. Commissioners are responsible for approving the bylaws, mission, and vision statements of CAAHEP, as well as determining which health sciences professions are to be recognized by CAAHEP. 

The CAAHEP Board of Directors is composed of 13 members, who are elected by and from those serving as Commissioners. The Board is the accrediting body of CAAHEP that awards or denies accreditation after review of accreditation recommendations made by the Committees on Accreditation. It is also the primary governing body that oversees the business of CAAHEP and implements the mission and vision as adopted by the Commission.

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