May 22, 2014


PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio, May 22, 2014 – The Owens Community College Diagnostic Medical Sonography – Vascular program has earned the distinction of receiving initial programmatic accreditation by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) as a result of its commitment to excellence, accountability and the highest accreditation standards.

“Owens is honored to receive initial accreditation for our Medical Sonography – Vascular program,” said Stacie Gessler, program director, Medical Sonography. “This accreditation recognizes our commitment to providing an excellent academic program that benefits both our students and the health care community.”

Owens’ program earned five-year initial accreditation by the CAAHEP after a recent peer review conducted by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Daignostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS) and CAAHEP’s Board of Directors that recognized the program’s substantial compliance with the nationally established accreditation standards.

The accreditation standards are established by CAAHEP, JRC-DMS, American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF), American College of Radiology (ACR), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (SDMS), Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS), and the society for Vascular Ultrasound (SVU).

CAAHEP is recognized as the largest programmatic accrediting organization in the health sciences field. In collaboration with its Committees on Accreditation, CAAHEP, which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, reviews and accredits over 2,000 educational programs in 20 health science occupations.