Accreditation Policy

  • Programs must have active membership before applying for accreditation. All council membership dues must be current.
  • Continuous membership must be maintained for accredited programs. Accredited Programs that are in arrears of membership dues will be given a 90-Day Notice that accreditation is terminated for non-payment of funds.
  • Programs must complete and submit accreditation application and fees before the review process begins.
  • Programs must address the specifications for each standard that pertains to the program degree level. All standards must be met.
  • Programs must follow the guidelines stated in the current Member Handbook of the year of application.
  • A program seeking initial accreditation will have two years from the date of application to submit the self-study and schedule a site visit.
  • All deadlines must be met. If not, the Board will consider the Program review at the subsequent Board meeting. If consideration is conducted at the following board meeting and approval is given, accreditation is granted continuous from the date of prior approval.
  • Programs that use the same curriculum at multiple sites can apply for accreditation as one program provided they use the same curriculum at each site and can document how continuity of the curriculum across sites is insured.
  • Programs that use different curricula at each site must apply for membership, accreditation, and reaccreditation as separate sites
  • Programs that have multiple sites but deliver the same curriculum at each site and have been accredited as one program will be reaccredited as one program
  • Programs that have multiple sites but use different curricula at each site will be reaccredited as individual programs.
  • Accreditation must be renewed every 5 years. Reaccreditation should be considered on the anniversary date of the initial accreditation. For example, if the Program is accredited for May 2017-May 2022, the reaccreditation should be submitted for consideration at the May 2022 Board Meeting.
  • A self-study is required every 5 years.
  • A site visit (two site visitors) is required every 10 years beginning with the initial accreditation.

Accreditation Procedures

  • Submit the application and fees to ASCENT Management.
  • The Vice President of Accreditation will review the application and send a Notice to Proceed Letter.
  • Follow the timeline found in the Member Handbook: Accreditation and Self Study Guide
  • The Program notifies the Vice President of Accreditation when the self-study is complete and ready for readers.
  • The Vice President of Accreditation will assign readers and the program will submit an electronic copy of the self-study to each of the assigned 4 readers, the Board Member-at-Large representative, and the VP of Accreditation.
  • For initial and ten year review accreditations, a site visit will be scheduled when the Lead Reader determines that there is adequate evidence of standard compliance. The program will be invoiced the fees for site visitors and a site visit will be scheduled
  • The Lead Reader/Site Visitor will present findings to the Board.
  • The CSHSE Board reviews the findings and determines accreditation status.

Application and Fees

  • Effective July 1, 2017, programs applying for initial accreditation or reaccreditation must complete an Application for Accreditation and submit it with the accreditation fee of $500.00 to ASCENT Management.
  • Programs that are delivered at multiple sites but use the same curriculum at each site must pay an additional accreditation/reaccreditation fee of $50.00 for each additional site. For example, a program delivered at three sites would pay $500 for the first site and $50 for each of the additional sites, a total accreditation/reaccreditation fee of $650.
  • Accreditation is renewed every 5 years; a site visit is required every 10 years. Effective July 1, 2017, a program seeking reaccreditation must submit an application with the current fee of $500 prior to the end of the accreditation period (either October 31, February 28, or May 31).
  • Programs that cannot meet the deadlines due to extenuating circumstances may apply for an extension of up to one year by submitting a letter of request to the Vice President of Accreditation. When an extension is granted, accreditation will be continuous from the date that accreditation renewal was due.
  • Programs that allowed accreditation to lapse either for non-payment of membership dues OR by not submitting an accreditation application with the appropriate fee at least six months prior to the ending date of their current accreditation, must begin the process as if they have never been accredited. Official records will show the lapse in accreditation.