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Creighton Health Sciences Continuing Education First in U.S. to Get Joint Accreditation

Creighton University Health Sciences Continuing Education, formerly known as Creighton Continuing Medical Education, has become the first U.S. academic health sciences center to earn joint accreditation from three professional organizations, University officials announced today.

The joint accreditation was made available for the first time in 2010. It includes endorsements from Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education and American Nurses Credentialing Center and recognizes organizations that offer team-focused continuing education to health care providers with the ultimate goal of improving patient care.

To achieve joint accreditation, continuing education providers must meet rigorous standards for educational quality and demonstrate their programs are free from commercial bias, based on valid content, and effective in improving the quality and safety of health care delivered by multidisciplinary teams.

“Our unique joint accreditation underscores the depth of Creighton’s commitment to enhancing the quality of health care in the 21st century," said Donald R. Frey, M.D., University vice president for health sciences and Roland L. Kleeberger, M.D., Professor of Family Medicine.

"As health care is increasingly delivered by inter-professional teams, it is vital that the latest in medical knowledge and expertise be delivered to each team member in a comprehensive fashion. With this one-of-a-kind accreditation, health practitioners are now assured that Creighton’s high standard of educational excellence will be imparted to each team member across the full spectrum of health professions.”

The joint accreditation will also allow Creighton Health Sciences Continuing Education (HSCE) to take advantage of one unified, streamlined process and reduce administrative costs for interdisciplinary educational programs, said Sally O’Neill, Ph.D., HSCE associate vice president. She praised Drs. Rowen Zetterman, School of Medicine dean; Eleanor Howell, School of Nursing dean; and J. Christopher Bradberry, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions dean, for working diligently to make Creighton HSCE the first academic-based program to achieve joint accreditation and embracing the importance of interdisciplinary health care teams in producing the best patient outcomes.

To be eligible for joint accreditation, an organization must already be endorsed by at least two of the three accrediting bodies, its mission statement must highlight health care team education, and 25 percent or more of its educational activities must be designed by and for health care teams.