1 - ​ABHES Eligibility Self-Assessment   

The Self-Evaluation Report is a narrative format document that, along with the exhibits, will demonstrate your institution's compliance with ABHES standards. The SER template is available on ABHES Reporting Page.​  We have prepared a reference guide that includes recommended steps for the preparation. Download our ABHES School Guide – Preparing the Institutional (SER) and our ABHES School Guide - Preparing the Programmatic SER depending on your application needs.

An annual operations calendar is key to maintaining your institution in compliance. Items to include: deadlines with regulatory agencies, meetings, surveys, inventory reviews, reports, issuing the revised strategic plan, teacher planning days, training, annual employee performance evaluations, and class observations. Download our ABHES School Guide – Annual Operating Calendar.


We recommend attending ABHES Annual National Conference and Maintaining Accreditation Workshops on a yearly basis. Visit ABHES events page for a list of upcoming activities

Accrediting agencies expect institutions to submit their applications using the latest applications and instructions published on their website. The information listed on this page may have been updated by the time you start your accreditation application process. We recommend applicants check the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) publications and forms often. Better safe than sorry!

ABHES provides accreditation for career schools and degree-granting institutions with programs in allied health. Download our Eligibility and Readiness Assessments. Learn about the application process. Free reference guides.

Your school's annual operating budget should include additional items to reflect funding allocation to each one of your institution's departments such as admissions, human resources, technical infrastructure, student services, financial, learning resources, academics, placement services, institutional planning, distance education, operations, and maintenance. 

Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools Information


10 – Reference Pages and Publications

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The PEP is a report prepared annually for each program (or program cluster) of your institution. It is used for the ongoing evaluation of program outcomes. If this is your first time creating a PEP, complete ABHES101- Developing a Program Effectiveness Plan (PEP) online 4 hours CEU course to familiarize yourself with the format and ABHES expectations.  Download our ABHES School Guide – Preparing the Program Effectiveness Plan (PEP).

6 – Preparing for ABHES Visits




​Interested in pursuing ABHES accreditation?  Download our ABHES Eligibility Self-Assessment to confirm where your school stands.


This consulting package includes four modules that align with ABHES's accreditation process. This approach allows your institution to commit to one objective and consulting fee at a time. You may cancel our services at any time without penalties. Each module focuses on a specific topic and includes ten (10) Zoom training sessions:

Module 1 - Compliance and Operations.
Module 2 - Meetings, Surveys, Program Outcomes.
Module 3 - Program Effectiveness Plans.
Module 4 - Standards, SER, and Exhibits.​​

Interested in learning more? Contact us for a complimentary consultation.  Module 1 is the equivalent of our ABHES Compliance and Operations Consulting Package. Clients that have already completed that training only contract Modules 2 through 4. 


ABHES accreditation process includes the following milestones:

  1. Confirm eligibility requirements.
  2. Submit application and exhibits.
  3. Attend Accreditation Workshop.
  4. Submit Draft Self-Evaluation Report (SER).
  5. Receive Preliminary Visit.
  6. Submit the Final Self-Evaluation Report (SER).
  7. Host ABHES Accreditation Visit.
  8. Submit Institutional Response to Visit Findings.
  9. Accreditation status granted by ABHES Commission.​

For detailed information visit ABHES Accreditation Process Page. You may also want to review ABHES Accreditation Manual.


3 - ​ABHES Standards

​​Reference guides are one of the many resources we provide our consulting clients. We have prepared one for each key player in ABHES's accreditation journey. We invite you to download them free of charge:


Now that you have achieved accreditation with the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, it is all about keeping your meetings, surveys, files, reports, and annual evaluation cycle on automatic mode. Follow your Annual Operations Calendar, and attend ABHES events to keep up-to-date with standards and procedures. You may be able to start the Title IV application for the programs that qualify. Familiarize yourself with the Title IV application process and third-party financial aid processor services in advance. Your institution may also consider applying with Homeland Security for SEVP Certification to grant International Student Visas.  ​

Prepare exhibits for the ABHES visit as per the appropriate Meeting Room Materials List available on ABHES Resources Page.  Follow all instructions received from the visit coordinator and ABHES Staff. Team members will interview personnel and students and also contact graduates and employers.  

ABHES Standards are published in their Accreditation Manual. Accreditation standards are usually revised and updated annually. Your institution is to comply with the latest standards, so be ready to update your school's policies and procedures as necessary.


We hope the information included on this page has answered your questions regarding ABHES eligibility and the application process. Still needing assistance? We are glad to help! Request a free consultation by calling 786-618-2277, emailing [email protected], or completing the free session request form. During this session, we will conduct a preliminary assessment and introduce you to the milestones for your school to become accredited and be ready to apply for federal financial aid Title IV funding.  We are readily available to assist your school with the ABHES accreditation process.

Surveys results are presented at the annual meetings for the evaluation of feedback collected from students, graduates, employers, staff, faculty, and advisory members. Recommended surveys for accredited institutions:

  • Course Survey (end of term)
  • Student Survey (end of the academic year)
  • Graduate Survey (upon graduation)
  • Employer Survey (upon student employment)
  • Employee Survey (annually)
  • Policies and Procedures Survey (annually)

​Download our ABHES School Guide – Annual Surveys. We recommend Survey Monkey for running your school's surveys and preparing the reports for meetings. 

2 - ​ABHES Accreditation Process      


8 – What to Expect After Initial Approval


9 – Download Our Free ABHES Reference Guides

There are many elements that play a role in an institution's road to accreditation status. We invite you to download our ABHES Readiness Self-Assessment. It includes 38 items we see as key players for any institution to achieve and maintain accreditation. Feeling overwhelmed? No worries. This page includes tips and reference guides to assist you to achieve your goal.


Audit personnel files at least annually including full-time, part-time, and contractors. Personnel files are as important as student files. Elements to audit: employment applications, resume, official transcripts, licenses, copies of valid ID, job descriptions, new employee acknowledgment forms, employee orientation, faculty orientation, annual performance evaluation, staff development plan, annual certificates of eight (8) hours of continuing education completion, class observations, personnel advising forms, personnel grievances. Download our ABHES School Guide – Employee File Documents.​

5 - ​Completing ABHES Applications and Reports      

Aligning your institutions' policies and operations with ABHES standards is first in order for a good start. This may be the first time your school will issue a policies and procedures manual. Even when it will be hard work, we can assure you will be happy and well rewarded, for many of the SER sections refer to your institution's policies and procedures. Download our ABHES School Guide – Policies and Procedures Manual and ABHES School Guide - Operations Manual.​​



11 – ABHES Consulting Services

ABHES Application requires your institution’s basic information for the determination of eligibility. Exhibits include, among others, copies of state license approvals, current catalog, ownership disclosure form, current business tax license, and financial statements. This application must be submitted within twelve (12) months of attending ABHES Accreditation Workshop. The application is available for download at ABHES Applications Page.

We are available to help you accomplish the first step of your accreditation journey: aligning your institution's operations with best practices and ABHES standards.

This consulting package includes: 

  • Policies and Procedures Manual.
  • Operations Manual.
  • Meeting Guidelines.
  • Survey Guidelines.
  • Sample Student and Employee Files.
  • Catalog Review.
  • Ten Zoom Training Sessions.
  • Ten Additional Consulting Hours.

7 – Aligning Your Institution with ABHES Standards

ABHES Accreditation


Institutions receive an Official Team Visitation Report, including areas of non-compliance (violations). A response must be presented to demonstrate the changes implemented to address the violations listed in the visit report. Follow ABHES' exact instructions on how to prepare the response and submit it by the provided deadline. The institution will not be granted accreditation status unless ABHES commissioners see all violations have been properly addressed. 

4 - ​ABHES Readiness Self-Assessment


Meetings are one of the cornerstones of a well-administered school. Proper meeting minutes demonstrate the involvement of staff, faculty, and advisory members in all areas of your institution. Recommended meetings for ABHES schools:


  • Program Advisory Board (annually)
  • Program Reviews by Academic Department (annually)
  • Financial (quarterly)
  • Academic (quarterly)
  • Institutional Assessment and Planning (quarterly)​
  • Staff Meeting (annually)

You will use meeting minutes in Exhibits to be prepared for the accreditation visit.Download our ABHES School Guide – Annual Meetings.

The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) is ideal for institutions offering programs in the allied health field awarding diplomas and degrees. ABHES' scope of accreditation includes institutions predominantly providing health education and programmatic accreditation in specific health education disciplines.

This page includes an overview for new applicants organized in the following sections:

  1. ABHES Eligibility Self-Assessment
  2. ABHES Accreditation Process
  3. ​ABHES Standards
  4. ABHES Readiness Self-Assessment
  5. Completing ABHES Applications and Reports
  6. Preparing for ABHES Visits
  7. Aligning Your Institution with ABHES Standards
  8. What to Expect After Initial Approval
  9. Download Our Free ABHES Reference Guides
  10. Reference Pages and Publications
  11. ABHES Consulting Services



We recommend auditing student files at least once a year. Student files should use a standardized checklist. Elements to audit: enrollment agreement, entrance exams, admission documentation, student orientation, SAP reports, leave of absence, attendance, academic evaluations, advising forms, tutoring forms, grievances, externship completion documentation, ledger cards, refund calculations, exit interviews, transcripts, and diplomas.   Download our ABHES School Guide – Graduate Student File Documents and ABHES School Guide – Withdrawn Student File Documents.