Chicago, IL – The Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative (HPAC) is pleased to welcome 17 accrediting organizations as new members of the Collaborative. The new members join the six founding members of HPAC: Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Commission on Dental Accreditation, Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, Council on Education for Public Health, and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. This move expands the composition of HPAC to 23 organizations committed to working together to advance interprofessional education (IPE), practice, and quality, as well as working together on other educational and research issues of common interest. The new accreditor members are:
- Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
- Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
- Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education
- Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
- Accreditation Council on Optometric Education
- Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant
- American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation
- Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
- Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
- Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education
- Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
- Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care
- Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
- Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
- Council on Chiropractic Education
- Council on Podiatric Medical Education
- Council on Social Work Education
HPAC was established in 2014 as a platform for discussion, proactive problem solving, and sharing among accreditors. The Collaborative was initially formed to enhance accreditors’ ability to ensure graduates of health profession education programs are prepared for interprofessional collaborative practice.
HPAC members, invited members, and observers met on April 4, 2017, in Chicago, IL, following the Spring 2017 Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) Semi-annual Conference, to discuss opportunities and challenges in interprofessional education and practice. Invited speaker Barbara F. Brandt, PhD, Director, National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, and Associate Vice President for Education, University of Minnesota, shared perspectives on opportunities for accreditors in shaping the future of IPE. She challenged the participating organizations to work together, offering guidance on areas of potential collaboration to foster development of high-functioning teams that can improve the experience, outcomes, and costs of health care.
The HPAC members discussed opportunities to respond to Dr. Brandt’s challenge and addressed questions from academic stakeholders. Identification of possible common definitions and competency expectations in IPE were considered. The participants discussed aspects of their accreditation reviews in relationship to IPE and noted similarities that could be further explored. A team of individuals from four HPAC members (representing medicine, social work, psychology, and pharmacy) will be working with individuals from the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education to draft a document on opportunities for IPE harmonization across accreditors. The document will provide guidance on IPE opportunities for the consideration, revision, and approval by all the HPAC members and ultimately for wide distribution to accredited programs. The current target for the final document is early 2018.
HPAC thanks ASPA for its support in providing the opportunity to convene HPAC meetings in conjunction with ASPA’s semiannual meetings.
About the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)
The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) is the semi-autonomous entity within the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association that has the authority to define the standards for the accreditation of graduate education programs and apply those standards in the accreditation of such programs. The mission of the CAA is to assure quality in preparation of students in audiology and speech-language pathology to serve the professions and the public. The CAA is recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) “for the accreditation and pre-accreditation (Accreditation Candidate) throughout the United States of education programs in audiology and speech-language pathology leading to the first professional or clinical degree at the master’s or doctoral level and the accreditation of these programs offered via distance education.” Learn more about the CAA.