November 22, 2017
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 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:
1) A current school catalog;
2) Completed Ownership Disclosure Form with original signature;
3) Copy of Current Business License;
4) Completed Attestation of Responsibility Form with original signature;  
5) Application fee payment.  Payment must be in the form of a check made payable to ABHES.  View Appendix G, Fees, of the ABHES Accreditation Manual.  A separate fee and completion of a separate Application for Programmatic Accreditation is required for each program for which programmatic accreditation is being sought (e.g., Medical Assistant, Medical Laboratory Technology, and/or Surgical Technology).
Applicants should submit a completed application packet via e-mail to  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 original signatures where applicable.
 An application packet may also be submitted on 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 application and fee is required for each program for which programmatic accreditation (Medical Assistant, Medical Laboratory Technology, and/or Surgical Technology) is being sought.
7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314N
Falls Church, Virginia 22043