Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) was established as a non-profit agency on July 1, 1994, and is the largest specialized accreditation system in the country, accrediting educational programs in 18 disciplines. Today CAAHEP is a dynamic allied health agency comprised of representatives from professional allied health organizations and related specialty and education groups, including 18 Committees on Accreditation (CoAs). These representatives form what is called the Commission.
NCOPE serves in cooperation with CAAHEP for accreditation of O&P educational programs. NCOPE is a sponsor CoA in the CAAHEP system. Each CoA is comprised of experts who assess applicant programs to ensure they meet the nationally accepted standards that are designed to prepare graduates for entry into the healthcare workforce. The accreditation Standards are developed and adopted in collaboration with CAAHEP member-sponsors. Once an applicant program's formal application and CoA review process is complete, the designed CoA forwards program accreditation recommendations to CAAHEP for review to ensure they adhere to the principles of due process and are devoid of any conflicts of interest. CAAHEP awards accreditation to those programs that meet or exceed the national standards.
CAAHEP is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) for accredited programs that result in an associate, baccalaureate or master's degree.