Monday, September 10, 2007

NAB Accreditation Visit

A site visit team from the National Association of Boards of Examiners for Long-Term Care Administrators (NAB) was on-campus on Tuesday, September 5th and Wednesday, September 6th relative to accreditation of our Long-Term Care Administration (LTCA) and Master of Health Administration (MHA) programs. Accreditation is for five years. The LTCA has been accredited twice before and is seeking reaccreditation while the MHA is seeking first-time accreditation following curriculum changes to make it eligible.

The National Association of Boards of Examiners for Long-Term Care Administrators (NAB) is an organization made up of representatives of the individual state (and District of Columbia) nursing home administrator licensing boards. All states license nursing home administrators and a growing number also license assisted living administrators. NAB’s mission is “To enhance the effectiveness of state boards of long term care administrators in meeting their statutory and regulatory duties and responsibilities to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.”

One of the ways NAB fulfills its mission is by accrediting college and university long-term care administration programs to assure that those programs are preparing their graduates properly. SJC is the only currently-accredited program that is nontraditional in its delivery mode. NAB has only recently begun accrediting graduate programs. Our MHA will be the second graduate program accredited by NAB and SJC will be the first college to have both undergraduate and graduate programs accredited at the same time.

The SJC accreditation/reaccreditation will be formerly voted on at the NAB Mid-Year Meeting in November. However, the members of the site visit team were glowing in their praise of our programs and assured us we would have no problems getting approval at that time.

We would like to thank all who participated in the site visit andits preparation. One very valuable benefit of accreditation visits such as this is making us realize just how good we are, and that's to the credit of all of you.

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