What is The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education?

Aspiring healthcare administrators develop professional competencies in accredited graduate programs that align curricular studies with standards recommended by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education. These future administrators will face challenges, such as: overseeing information technology systems that handle patient data; training staff about new ICD-10 billing and coding protocols; staying compliant with HIPAA privacy laws; and maintaining compliance with Affordable Care Act standards. CAHME ensures that healthcare administration programs prepare candidates with the ethics, medical knowledge and technical skills required for exercising compassion and overcoming the challenges that existing in today’s healthcare industry.


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About the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education

CAHME began to accredit graduate healthcare administration programs in the 1930’s to advance expertise, executive skills and managerial practices in healthcare settings. CAHME obtains its unique accrediting authority from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit graduate healthcare management programs in Canada and the United States. CAHME’s mission encompasses promoting, evaluating and improving the caliber of healthcare management education and serving the public good by:

  • establishing measurable criteria for healthcare management instruction
  • advising and assisting programs to attain or exceed minimum criteria
  • supporting graduate programs to continuously improve their educational goals
  • accrediting programs that meet or surpass minimum standards
  • making relevant industry benchmarks and information readily available to program participants

Qualifying as a CAHME-Accredited Program

Aspiring master’s candidates should check CAHME’s website to see if healthcare management graduate programs hold CAHME accreditation. Institutions applying for CAHME-accredited status must meet and maintain the following standards:

  • Establish a graduate course of study in healthcare management leading to a master’s degree
  • Hold appropriate regional and specialized school accreditation
  • Require full-time study for a minimum of two academic years beyond the baccalaureate level
  • Provide 120 contact hours of simultaneous instruction through face-to-face or approved distance learning settings
  • Use state-of-the-art facilities, technology and materials to support instruction
  • Be actively implementing CAHME standards
  • Have graduated at least two classes of healthcare management candidates
  • Employ non-discriminatory enrollment practices and establish a grievance system
  • Establish defined policies about academic freedom and standards
  • Provide equitable and fair academic evaluations
  • Promote faculty development, research, scholarship, and service
  • Teach using evidenced-based practices and 21st-century pedagogical design
  • Reflect industry standards in aligned curricular studies that establish competencies in healthcare principles and practices,communication, interpersonal effectiveness, analysis and problem solving, management and leadership, professionalism, and ethics

Types of CAHME-Accredited Degrees

CAHME-accredited degrees vary according to the type of graduate program conferring the degree. Candidates most frequently earn the following Master’s degrees:

Graduates from CAHME-accredited programs have employment advantages allowing them to compete for higher-level administrative positions at hospitals, clinics, community health programs, senior-care facilities, rehabilitation centers, insurance agencies, private practices, government facilities, the military or public policy groups. CAHME further reports that more than 90 percent of candidates from accredited healthcare administration programs obtain a job within three months of graduation. In light of this, earning a Master’s from a program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education provides multiple career opportunities for aspiring healthcare administrators.