What Does Accreditation Mean To A College or University??

Accreditation is simply a validation process by which institutions of higher education are evaluated against established standards to ensure a high level of educational quality. It is typically accomplished through a peer-review process in which faculty from accredited institutions help to conduct evaluations of either new non-accredited institutions or accredited institutions seeking renewal. The standards used to conduct these evaluations vary but in general they assess: the institution’s mission, goals and objectives, resources and resource allocation, student admission requirements, student support services and the quality of the faculty and educational offerings.

The U.S. Department of Education has a user friendly search site. You simply type in the school’s name, and click search.

Be Aware of Diploma Mills

A diploma or degree mill is an entity that sells post secondary credentials without requiring appropriate academic achievement. In many jurisdictions inside and outside the United States, diploma mills are illegal. These scam operations can be difficult to trace because they usually use mail drops and multiple addresses. Numerous degree mills operate on the Internet, where they often masquerade as institutions of distance learning. Legitimate distance-learning providers are recognized in the countries where they are located, and their status can be verified by contacting the relevant educational authorities. Academic credential evaluators should be suspicious of documents issued by “universities” with addresses that are office suites or box numbers that cannot be verified in any authoritative independent publication. Most degree mills also claim accreditation by one or more fictitious “national,” “international,” “worldwide” or “global” accrediting agencies. Verifying the existence and status of an institution is an essential step when reviewing educational documents.

What is Institutional vs Programmatic Accreditation

Please note that schools and programs are accredited by various agencies and commissions. School or institutional accreditation and program accreditation are not the same thing. For example, a school might be accredited by the regional Council for Higher Education, whereas the Echocardiography program is accredited by the CAAHEP. It is important to verify CAAHEP accreditation of an ultrasound technology program if advertised as accredited.  CAAHEP will not review a program for accreditation until the institution, offering the program, is already nationally accredited.  This process takes many years to complete.

CAAHEP has a user friendly search site. You simply type in the school’s name, and click search.

Is Accredited…Not Yet!

As the division of Academy of Ultrasound, LLC offering echocardiography training, we are currently licensed and approved by the Alabama Department of Post-Secondary Schools.  This approval allows us to offer Echocardiography Certificates and Diplomas for our various programs.

We are making steps to become a nationaly accredited institution of higher education. We are in the review stages of the accreditation process. Here is a list of legitimate USDE accreditation agencies.

Our goal is to become accredited by Spring 2017

Echocardiography College currently offers Unaccredited Certificates. We are currently in the process of obtaining accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training. In order for a university or college to receive accreditation from most accrediting bodies in the U.S., institutions must have graduated students. Here’s the problem. How can you attract students without an accreditation? Echocardiography College is addressing this issue by calling itself a higher education sonographer network, a medium that attracts cardiac sonographers to educate themselves, but in the case of Echocardiography College, socialize to educate.


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