The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has chosen four university partners to take part in the new Academy for Healthcare Quality.
Emory University in Atlanta, Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., Ohio State University in Columbus, and University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia have joined with the accrediting agency to create a continuing education and certification program for healthcare professionals. The JCAHO is considering adding a fifth university from the West Coast.
The course work will combine at-home learning with a one-week seminar taught at the universities. Each university's faculty and the JCAHO staff will contribute to the curriculum.
"The academy is focused not only on knowledge but on what somebody can do," said Bruce Ente, director of Educational Service Development at the JCAHO.
After completing the course, academy graduates may sit for a certification examination based on mastery of course material and application of this knowledge in real healthcare settings.
The academy's target market is healthcare leaders, managers, consultants, evaluators and benefits managers.
Contingent on fund-raising success, the JCAHO intends to open the academy for public enrollment in late 1998.