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AAAHC Accreditation Process: A Panel Discussion with Five Accredited Universities

Recorded On: 07/16/2020

AAAHC Accreditation Process: A Panel Discussion with Five Accredited Universities

The accreditation preparation process can be a challenge and feel overwhelming. Knowing how others have succeeded in the past can help you. In this presentation, seven Universities of various sizes and with a representation of different areas of leadership will discuss their successes and challenges as they went through their last accreditation cycle and will answer questions from the audience.

Session Information 

Format: Self-paced, recorded webinar 
Original Recording Date: July 16, 2020

Release Date: July 16, 2020
Expiration Date: May 19, 2022
After the expiration date, this webinar will no longer be accessible for viewing or downloading.
CE Credit must be requested by the expiration date.

$25 for ACHA individual members
$50 for nonmembers

Fees are nonrefundable.


Erica Bumpurs, AAS,
Sam Houston State University

Robert Williams, MD
Sam Houston State University

Marcie Thompson, MBA
Oregon State University

Kevin Readdean, MSEd, LMHC
Renssealer Polytech Institute

Nancy Dover, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CEN
Lamar University

Mary Schmidt-Owens, PhD
University of Central Florida

Intended Audience

  • Administrator 
  • Advanced Practice Clinicians
  • Health Educator
  • Health Information Management Professional
  • Mental Health Professional
  • Nurse
  • Physician

Learning Objectives

After this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe why AAAHC accreditation is valuable to a college health center.
  2. Discuss participants questions about accreditation.
  3. Identify valuable support resources for preparing for accreditation.

Program Planning Committee

Resolution of Potential Conflicts of Interest — Program Planning Committee
Committee members have completed conflict of interest statements regarding relationships with commercial entities.

  • Melanie Trost, MD, has disclosed that her spouse owns general stock in Gilead Sciences.
  • Ryan Patel has disclosed that he owns stock in Pfizer, GSK, Celgene, and Abbvie.

All other Program Planning Committee members have reported no relevant conflicts of interest.

Erica Bumpurs, AAS,

Sam Houston State University

Erica is the Director of Student Health Services at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville Texas. She has worked in healthcare both as a clinician (Occupational Therapy) and an administrator for 20 years. Erica is also this year’s ACHA Administration Section secretary. She has been involved with accreditation process both in the hospital setting with JCAHO and CARF (Acute Rehab Facilities) and led SHSU in its reaccreditation survey in 2016. SHSU has been AAAHC accredited for 15 years now; being awarded a 3-year renewal at each survey. She has worked in college health for the last 4 years and is excited about spending the rest of her healthcare career in college health!

Robert Williams, MD

Sam Houston State University

Dr. Robert Williams is the Medical Director at Sam Houston State University, Student Health Center. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and certified in public health. Dr. Williams operates in both a clinical care and administrative role and has been in college health for 3 years.

Marcie Thompson, MBA

Oregon State University

Marcie Thompson is currently the Finance and Operations Director for Oregon State University Student Health Services where she oversees several departments including billing, insurance, medical reception, records, referrals, contraceptive care, immunization compliance and HR. Additionally, Marcie is involved with SHIP contracting, budget forecasting and long term strategic planning related to finance, insurance and operations. She has over ten years of healthcare administration experience in higher education and holds a Master of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in healthcare management. Marcie has previously worked for both the University of Georgia and the University of Kansas. She is a past ACHA Administration Section Secretary and is this year’s ACHA Administration Section Chair. Marcie believes business can succeed by practicing empathy and compassion and those values are evident in her approach to healthcare in the college setting.

Kevin Readdean, MSEd, LMHC

Renssealer Polytech Institute

Kevin Readdean is the Associate Director of the integrated student health and counseling services at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His career in college health includes roles within counseling, health promotion, and administration. He has led two different campuses through a total of five AAAHC site reviews. Kevin is also a PhD candidate at Rutgers University studying the organization and delivery of integrated primary care behavioral health.

Nancy Dover, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, CEN

Lamar University

Nancy is a Family Nurse Practitioner and the Assistant Director for Medical Services at Lamar State University, Student Health Center. She has 14 years’ experience working in college health and 30+ years’ experience working in emergency medicine and urgent care. Nancy was instrumental in leading Lamar through their first successful accreditation survey with AAAHC!

Mary Schmidt-Owens, PhD

University of Central Florida

Mary Schmidt-Owens is the Associate Director Healthcare Compliance at the University of Central Florida, Student Health Services. She is also appointed as an Instructor of Medical Education for the UCF College of Medicine. She is responsible for assuring the requirements set forth by AAAHC are met for UCF SHS to maintain accreditation. This includes, but not limited to, creating, reviewing, and updating policies and procedures, annual employee training, credentialing, and performance improvement activities. UCF SHS has successfully received re-accreditation four times under her appointment.

Credit and Disclosures

Types of Credit Available

Refer to the Continuing Education Key.

  • CME: 1.0  
  • CNE: 1.0/1.0**
  • CHES: 1.5
  • CPEU: 1.0
  • CHWP: This activity counts as one elective towards completion of the CHWP certification program.
    **Pharmacology credits, when available, are listed after the total number of nursing contact hours (e.g. CNE: 1.5/.75)

If you attended and received continuing education credit for the live webinar broadcast on July 16, 2020, you are not eligible for additional credit for the on-demand webinar.

Instructions for Obtaining Credit (or certificate of attendance)

Select the "Contents" tab above (registered users only) for access to the following components. It is estimated that it will require one hour to view the webinar and complete the post-test. Credit must be requested by the program expiration date (see "Overview" tab above).

Step 1:  View the webinar video in its entirety.
Step 2:  Complete the mandatory Post-test for CE Credit.
Step 3:  Select the certificate for the type of credit you are requesting. Select "Certificate of Attendance" if no credit is being requested. 


Statements and Disclosures

Continuing Education


CME The American College Health Association (ACHA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

ACHA designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CNE This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association Approver Unit, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


CHES/MCHES Sponsored by ACHA, a designated provider of continuing education content hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designed for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category 1 continuing education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level contact hours available are 0. There are 0 Continuing Competency credits available.

CPEU This activity has been approved by the Commission on Dietetic Registration for 1.0 CPEUs.

Successful Completion/Post Test
It is the policy of the American College Health Association that when a post-test is required upon completion of a continuing education activity, participants must receive a passing grade of 80%. If participants receive a grade lower than 80%, they will be given the opportunity to re-take the post-test one time. If they receive 80% or higher the second time, they will be awarded continuing education credits/contact hours for the activity. We encourage participants to complete the post-test immediately after viewing the download.

Conflicts of Interest
A conflict of interest occurs when an individual has an opportunity to affect educational content about health-care products or services of a commercial company with which she/he has a financial relationship.

All planners and presenters of this activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.

Off-Label Product Use
This educational activity does not include any unannounced information about off-label use of a product for a purpose other than that for which it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


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