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Summer 2005

Accreditation teams review Health Professions programs

During the past year, several Health Professions programs have participated in accreditation review processes. In September 2004,
the UDM Physician Assistant Program was awarded continuing accreditation by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) for seven years (the maximum duration). The ARC-PA is "the accrediting agency that protects the interests of the public and PA profession by defining the standards for PA education and evaluating PA educational programs within the territorial United States to ensure their compliance with those standards."

“The UDM PA Program faculty work very hard to meet and exceed those standards every day,” says Suzanne Warnimont-York, chair, PA Program. “We are proud that the ARC recognizes this highly regarded program and the quality graduates who provide care to their communities every day.”

During Winter Term 2005, the McAuley School of Nursing received accreditation site visits from two national nursing commissions. The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) visited the School Feb. 1-3 for continuing accreditation. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education visited on April 6-8 for initial accreditation.

“We had successful accreditation visits with both review teams,” says Suzanne Mellon, dean, College of Health Professions. Formal site reports from the commission review teams will be available within the next six months.

In addition, the Council on Accreditation held a site visit for UDM’s Nurse Anesthesia Program on May 2-3. The purpose of the visit was to validate the Nurse Anesthesia Program Self-Study to ensure that the educational program meets the high standards set by the Council.

“We hope for high marks, and are working diligently — not just this season but always — to ensure our students have the best possible classroom and clinical experience,” states Michael Dosch, associate professor and chair of the Nurse Anesthesiology Program.