What is a CAAHEP accredited sonography program, and what does it mean?
CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) is an accrediting agency, just like many other educational accrediting bodies in the United States. Sacramento Ultrasound Institute is an institution, accredited by ABHES (Accrediting Bureau for Health Education Schools); Sacramento Ultrasound Institute is not accredited by CAAHEP at this time.
Other institutions, for example, CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITIES, are accredited by WASC (Western Association of School and Colleges), but they are not accredited with CAAHEP. This means that Schools, Colleges, and Institutions can be accredited by different agencies - on an institutional or programmatic level. In addition to our ABHES accreditation, Sacramento Ultrasound Institute is also approved by:
What are the advantages/disadvantages of attending a CAAHEP accredited sonography program?
CAAHEP Accredited Programs
Non-CAAHEP Accredited Programs
Are graduates from SUI ARDMS eligible after graduation?
YES! All graduates from SUI are eligible for ARDMS registry immediately after graduation because a bachelor's degree is required for admission into the Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program.
ARDMS requires students to pass the SPI Exam (Students are eligible for this exam after passing the Physics & Instrumentation course at SUI).
By using ARDMS Prerequisite 3a, graduates are immediately eligible to take any of the following specialty exams to become ARDMS Registered Sonographers:
- Abdominal Sonography
- Vascular Technologist
- Obstetric and Gynecologic
Please visit this link to view all the other prerequisites from the ARDMS official website: https://www.ardms.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf/ARDMS-General-Prerequisites.pdf
ABHES vs. CAAHEP Educational Standards
Standards are the minimum requirements to which an accredited program or institution is held accountable.
Unlike most institutional accreditors, ABHES has specific standards for sonography. This means:
- ABHES accredited schools provide quality education in sonography due to specific educational outcome requirements.
- Sonography programs taught at ABHES accredited schools are approved by the ARRT.
ABHES Educational Standards
The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools does not programmatically accredit diagnostic medical sonography programs. The standards listed in this document are sonography-specific requirements all ABHES accredited schools that offer sonography programs must meet.
CAAHEP Educational Standards
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) programmatically accredits diagnostic medical sonography programs. The standards listed in this document is what is required for CAAHEP Accreditation.
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