Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Press Release

For Immediate Release:
Standish, Maine
January 8, 2008

Saint Joseph’s College Of Maine
Long-Term Care Administration Programs Accredited

Two programs at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine have been granted accreditation by the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long-Term Care Administrators NAB). The undergraduate Long-Term Care Administration (LTCA) program, which had been accredited twice before, received an additional five-year accreditation, while the Master of Health Administration (MHA) program received initial accreditation. Only a select group of such programs has been accredited to date, and the Saint Joseph’s programs are the only accredited ones delivered through distance education. Also, Saint Joseph’s College is the only institution with both undergraduate and graduate programs accredited by NAB.
“The accreditation provides national recognition of our programs’ quality and means that many state nursing home administrator licensing boards will automatically accept the Saint Joseph’s programs as meeting their licensure requirements,” said John Pratt, Director of the Long-Term Care Management Institute at Saint Joseph’s.
“It shows that we have met stringent criteria for top quality education and training of long-term care administrators,” he added. “To achieve it, we had to provide a great deal of information about our curriculum, faculty, and students, culminating in a two-day site visit last June,” Pratt stated.
The accreditation site team called the programs “excellent” and particularly noted the excellence of the faculty, quality of the curriculum, state-of-the art online technology, and the programs’ advisory board. They called the programs “important for the profession” and “an excellent model for distance education programs to follow.”
The college’s Division of Graduate and Professional Studies offers a bachelor’s degree program in long-term care administration with specialty tracks in nursing home administration and assisted living administration, a certificate program in long-term care administration and a Master’s degree in health administration as well as unrelated degrees.

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