February 12, 2016
Apply for Programmatic Accreditation


Thank you for your interest in seeking programmatic accreditation by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).  ABHES is recognized by the United States Secretary of Education for the accreditation of private, postsecondary institutions in the United States offering predominantly allied health education programs and the programmatic accreditation of medical assistant, medical laboratory technician and surgical technology programs leading to a certificate, diploma, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Occupational Science, Academic Associate degree, or Baccalaureate degree, including those offered via distance education.  ABHES accredits programmatically for the three programs identified above being taught in both public and private institutions.  ABHES is an independent non-profit agency unrelated to any trade or membership organization.


An organization offering a program in medical assisting, medical laboratory technology, or surgical technology education is eligible to apply for and be considered for programmatic accreditation if it meets the following:  (a) a public or private institution at the postsecondary level institutionally accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) whose principal activity is education, (b) a hospital or laboratory-based training school, or (c) a program in a Veteran’s Administration (VA) hospital, a rehabilitation facility, or a federally-sponsored Armed Forces program.  (See Chapter II, Section A, Subsection B, of the Accreditation Manual, Effective January 1, 2012, Updated July 1, 2015 at https://www.abhes.org/accreditationmanual). 

If, after review of these requirements, you feel that your institution meets the criteria and is ready to apply for accreditation, please complete the Programmatic Application for Accreditation and submit it along with the following required documents:


1) A current school catalog;

2) Completed Ownership Disclosure Form;    

3) Completed Attestation of Responsibility Form;



Applicants should submit a completed application packet via e-mail to applications@abhes.org.  This may require documents to be professionally scanned as a JPG, TIF, Microsoft-Compatible, or ADOBE PDF to ensure that all information is legible and organized for ease of an electronic review.  All documents must include the required signatures where applicable.

An application packet may also be submitted on CD Rom or USB drive (mailed to the address below).  When saving required documents, a separate document should be made and appropriately labeled and formatted as described above. Each attachment/file should be named according to its content (e.g., “Application”, “Ownership Disclosure Form”, “Catalog”, etc.). 

The only hardcopy document required is a cover letter of intent and the application payment in the form of a check made payable to ABHES and mailed to the address below.  A separate fee applies to each program for which you are seeking programmatic accreditation (Medical Assistant, Medical Laboratory Technology, and/or Surgical Technology).

7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314N
Falls Church, Virginia  22043

Upon receipt, review and acceptance of the completed application packet, the institution will be provided the Self-evaluation Report (SER) via e-mail (unless otherwise requested) for completion and informed of the visitation requirements.