OGDEN, Utah – The Weber State University Master of Health Administration program is holding a reception on Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lindquist Alumni Center to celebrate its accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).
CAHME is the only organization to accredit master’s-level healthcare management programs in the United States and Canada.
“This is all CAHME does, so they are the gold standard in health administration,” said Carla Wiggins, director of WSU’s MHA. “To be accredited, you have to graduate a certain number of classes and a certain number of students. You have to write a very involved self-study and then commission representatives evaluated us last fall. They reviewed our materials, talked to professors and talked to students. We were accepted on the first time through the process, which doesn’t always happen.”
The accreditation remains valid for three years; WSU’s program will repeat the process again in 2015. Weber State has graduated 120 students from its MHA program in its first five years, bringing in 20 to 30 new students each year.
“The accreditation means a lot as I plan my career," said Ryan Tripp, a student and clinic manager at Intermountain Healthcare. "Being able to say to my current and future employers that I attended a school that is CAHME accredited brings credibility and value to my degree because it speaks to the quality of my education and the program.”
The program will honor its fifth year of graduates at the upcoming reception where also it will kick off the MHA Alumni Association.
Visit cahme.org for more information on CAHME accreditation.
Visit weber.edu/wsutoday for more news about Weber State University.
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