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Concordia University Irvine's Master of Healthcare Administration Degree Program Receives Candidate Status From CAHME

Voluntary status puts program one step closer to possible accreditation

IRVINE, CA (January 27, 2020)—Concordia University Irvine’s (CUI) Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program has received candidate status from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), the national organization that grants accreditation to graduate degree programs. Candidate status puts Concordia’s MHA program closer to CAHME accreditation.

Concordia Irvine’s Master of Healthcare Administration program voluntarily underwent a year-long review period by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education in order to receive candidate status. The review process included an extensive review of policies and procedures as well as site visits by the CAHME candidate committee. Candidate status must be earned before MHA programs can receive CAHME accreditation. 

“The candidate status positions Concordia Irvine for future accreditation, and to compete for high-caliber students who are looking for rigorous curriculum that will prepare them for their healthcare management career,” said Provost Peter Senkbeil. 

Launched in 2016, Concordia Irvine’s online Master of Healthcare Administration program emphasizes leadership, practical application, and professional development. Graduates of CAHME-accredited programs have been known to work in various sectors of the healthcare industry including hospitals, nursing homes, physician’s offices, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, consulting, and government and public policy. Professors in CUI’s MHA program have backgrounds in various sectors of healthcare administration, while many work as practitioners or consultants in the healthcare industry. CUI MHA administrators anticipate accreditation by late 2021.

About Concordia University Irvine

Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is a non-profit Lutheran Christian liberal arts four-year university that prepares students for their vocations—their calling in life. Concordia offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in education, nursing, theology, business, and athletics administration. CUI’s undergraduate program is distinctive because of its nationally recognized core curriculum, Enduring Questions & Ideas, and its Lutheran heritage that provides a thoughtful and caring Christian community that lives out the theology of "Grace Alone. Faith Alone." Concordia is a U.S. News Top Tier Regional University and has been named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the fastest growing private nonprofit master's institutions. The university is part of the Concordia University System, the second largest education ministry system in the United States behind the Catholic Church. The NCAA DII private university, which enrolls nearly 4,000 students annually, is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI).

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