Two allied health programs at Ogeechee Technical College were recently granted accreditation.
Medical Assisting Program granted continuing accreditation
Ogeechee Technical College’s Medical Assisting program was found to be in compliance with accreditation standards and guidelines and were granted continuing accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB). The Medical Assisting program has been granted continuing accreditation for nine years.
“Accreditation is a critical process for every academic program, for us it ensures that the education being provided to the Medical Assisting students meets a certain set of standards for quality and completeness,” said Michelle Odom, Medical Assisting program director. “This was my team's first accreditation visit, and I couldn’t be prouder of our perfect review. It is a daunting task, and we are grateful for our partners in Academic Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness.”
The Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) is a Committee on Accreditation (CoA) for the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). As a CoA of CAAHEP, MAERB performs the everyday work of accreditation for medical assisting education programs: setting up and conducting site visits, organizing, and reviewing annual reports for compliance with established outcome thresholds, providing workshops, resources, and training for programs and site surveyors; and submitting recommendations for CAAHEP Board Action.
Paramedicine Program granted initial accreditation
Ogeechee Technical College’s Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic program was found to be in compliance with accreditation Standards and Guidelines and were granted initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The next evaluation of the program is scheduled to occur no later than 2028.
“I am extremely proud that our program has achieved its initial accreditation status during our site visit from the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP),” said Paramedicine Technology program director, Chris Page. “This remarkable accomplishment reflects our unwavering commitment to delivering the highest standards of education and training to our students. It is a testament to the dedication of our instructors, the hard work of our students, the real-world training at our clinical sites, and the enduring support of our institution. With this accreditation, we continue to set the bar for quality in paramedicine education, ensuring our graduates are prepared to save lives and make a lasting impact in the field.
The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) conducts comprehensive and annual reviews of the program’s compliance with the Standards and submits recommendations regarding accreditation status to CAAHEP. CoAEMSP monitors the program’s outcomes through the program’s annual report and supporting documentation (Standard IV.B.). Profession specific CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines can be found on the website, www.caahep.org.