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. This scope extends to the Substantive Change Committee, jointly with the Commission, for decisions on substantive change.
ABHES accredits programmatically for the three programs identified above being taught in both public and private institutions. It also accredits institutionally outside of the allied health area, providing the institutions retain predominance in allied health (see II.A.1.b. for ABHES’ definition of predominance).
ABHES is an independent non-profit agency unrelated to any trade or membership organization.
Among ABHES Recognitions:
U.S. Department of Education, American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) American Medical Technologists (AMT), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), The National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA), The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT), and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).