The CAATE has compiled frequently asked questions for students, professionals and post-professionals. Find answers to your questions below.
PROFESSIONAL FAQS - General Questions
All programs will now submit self-studies through e-Accreditation. The self-study tab in e-Accreditation will become available to programs one year prior to the due date of the program’s next comprehensive review (July 1 of each year). Programs that are not within one year of their accreditation cycle will have access to the Assessment Module.
PROFESSIONAL FAQS - 2012 Professional Program Standards
Standard 6 (2012 Professional Program Standards): When providing assessment tools, is the expectation an example of assessment tools in the three categories of instruction, student learning, and program effectiveness or actually all of the tools used?
A sample of the tools would be more appropriate than just one in each category. No need to include all, but enough to allow the reviewers to evaluate.
We have our student complete a surgical observation; do we need to have the students evaluate the site, the surgeon, both, or neither?
Standard 51 (2012 Professional Program Standards) states that all clinical education sites must be evaluated by the program on an annual and planned basis and the evaluations must serve as part of the program’s comprehensive assessment plan. The Standard does not indicate the types of evaluations that need to be performed. Educationally it may be appropriate to evaluate the site and the surgeon to determine if it is a worthwhile experience for the student.
Standard 55 (2012 Professional Program Standards): Is it acceptable to evaluate proficiencies during this (early) time period that are tied to the fall clinical experience class and appear on the course syllabus?
Assessment of knowledge, skills, and abilities can occur in any fashion consistent with the program’s policy including, but not limited to, times during early arrival and holiday coverage.