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 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 federally-sponsored training program. (See Chapter II, Section A, Subsection 1, b, of the ABHES Accreditation Manual).

If, after review of these requirements, the institution/program meets and is able to document compliance with the programmatic eligibility criteria, complete the Application for Programmatic Accreditation and submit it along with the following required documents:

  • A copy of the approval letter(s) from the state and any other agency(ies), where the program(s) operate, preferably to include approved program length(s);
  • A current school catalog;
  • Completed and signed (with original signature) Ownership Disclosure Form;
  • Completed and signed (with original signature) Attestation of Responsibility; and
  • Application fee payment. For application fee details, view the Fees Appendix of the Accreditation Manual.

ABHES requires that this application along with noted attachments are to be submitted electronically via e-mail to Payment must be made electronically, please request an invoice via All documents must include the required original signatures where applicable.

For each email attachment, a separate file should be made and appropriately labeled (see screenshot below). The total number of attachments is dependent on the application plus the number of exhibits to accompany the application.

Each attachment/file should be named according to its content (e.g., “Application”, “Ownership Disclosure Form”, “Catalog”, “Current Business License”, “Attestation of Responsibility”, etc.).

Application Submission Example

If you have any questions regarding this application, contact

For more details regarding the ABHES accreditation process, use the following links:  Accreditation Timeline and  The Accreditation Process.