Regulations of the United States Department of Education (USDE) that address the recognition of accrediting agencies (and other matters) went into effect July 1, 2020. The regulations apply to institutions and schools accredited by USDE-recognized accrediting bodies. A school must comply with USDE regulations to be eligible for federal funding, including financial assistance for students under Title IV of the Higher Education Act.
The provisions of the regulations relevant to the medical assisting education community are about education in fields that require completion of a program as a prerequisite for employment. Note the following from the regulations:
(v) If an educational program is designed to meet educational requirements for a specific professional license or certification that is required for employment [emphasis added] in an occupation, or is advertised as meeting such requirements, information regarding whether completion of that program would be sufficient to meet licensure requirements in a State for that occupation [must be provided].
Currently, the following U.S. states require the completion of some sort of medical assisting education program to work as a medical assistant or to be delegated certain tasks while working as a medical assistant:
- New Jersey
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
Medical assisting program directors and educators who have questions about the impact of the USDE regulations on their programs and schools should email me at email@example.com.