After reviewing the Peninsula College Medical Assisting Program’s accreditation status, the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB) voted in November to grant the program continuing accreditation.
“We’re so proud of our students, their hard work, and their accomplishments,” said Medical Assisting Program Director Rachel Pairsh. “The MAERB succinctly describes the importance of accreditation to programs, students, and employers by acknowledging accountability. Educational programs graduating prospective healthcare workers must be accountable in ensuring patient safety, and accreditation supports the process of accountability with curriculum that is innovative, relevant, and current. We look forward to even more opportunities to produce outstanding medical assistants who will provide high-quality patient care to our communities.”
According to Pairsh, the virtues of an accredited program are many:
• Accreditation assures professional competence: Graduates from a CAAHEP-accredited program have covered the comprehensive MAERB Core Curriculum and achieved the psychomotor and affective competencies to ensure patient safety.
• Accreditation offers standardization, uniformity, and consistency: All CAAHEP-accredited programs cover the same MAERB Core Curriculum, so employers can be guaranteed that the students know a given body of entry-level knowledge.
• Accreditation requires external verification, review, and validation: In fulfilling the standards, CAAHEP-accredited programs submit their outcomes to MAERB for an annual review and go through a comprehensive site visit review with CAAHEP every ten years.
• Accreditation protects resources: The accreditation Standards and Guidelines specify that the students and faculty have access to specific resources in order to ensure that the program can comply with the national standards.
• Accreditation enhances the institution’s reputation: Institutions participating in programmatic accreditation distinguish themselves from other institutions.
• Accreditation is public: CAAHEP-accredited programs are listed in a CAAHEP database for student and educator access, and CAAHEP-accredited programs post their status and outcomes.
• Accreditation travels well: Employers across the country recognize the value of accreditation.
• Accreditation advances the profession: The standardization, uniformity and consistency that accreditation ensures, as well as the review of the Standards and Guidelines and MAERB Core Curriculum, move the profession forward toward greater recognition in the allied health field.
Program graduates are required to pass a national credentialing exam through in order to obtain their Department of Health issued Medical Assistant - Certified credentials. PC’s Medical Assisting Program began in 1996, received initial accreditation in 2017, and graduates consistently place in the top national percentiles on their exams, Pairsh said. The 2020 Annual Report Form for accreditation shows a 100% national exam pass rate, and employer and graduate satisfaction rates of 100% respectively. For more information, contact Rachel Pairsh, Medical Assisting Programs Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 417-6414.
The MAERB is a Committee on Accreditation of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.
NOTE: Photo taken in 2019