CSU Long Beach -- August 13, 2003

Accreditation Commission for Education in Health Services Administration Gives Full Accreditation Status to CSULB Health Care Administration Program

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Health Services Administration (ACEHSA) has granted full accreditation status to the master’s degree program in health care administration at California State University, Long Beach, making it one of just 80 such programs in the United States to receive the designation.

With the accreditation, the CSULB Health Care Administration Program becomes one of just six in North America that has accreditation for both its master’s degree and bachelor’s degree programs. The CSULB undergraduate program has been certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration since 1985.

“This (accreditation) is the gold standard for our field of education,” said Janice Frates, associate professor of health care administration who was involved with the accreditation process. “Much to its credit, this university believes that if there is an important accreditation a program can earn, you ought to go after it, even if it is not mandatory. In this instance, we held ourselves up to the same kind of rigorous scrutiny that health care organizations undergo, and we were very pleased to pass.”

Similar to the accreditation processes that hospitals and health plans undergo, the commission conducted an extensive review of the program’s faculty, curriculum and activities, as well as examining many aspects of the university’s operations and resources, to ensure compliance with ACEHSA criteria. The initial accreditation lasts for three years.

ACEHAS accreditation allows Cal State Long Beach graduate students in health care administration access to additional scholarships, fellowships and residency programs.

Incorporated in 1968, ACEHAS has been granted formal recognition by the U.S. Department of Education as the only organization to accredit master’s level health administration programs in the United States and Canada.

The commission is organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes, including the establishment of criteria for graduate education for health services administration and conduct survey programs which will encourage universities to maintain and improve educational offerings in health services administration.

Media Contacts: Rick Gloady, 562/985-5454; rgloady@csulb.edu
Shayne Schroeder, 562/985-1727; schroede@csulb.edu

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