Thomas Jefferson University has earned Joint Accreditation in Interprofessional Continuing Education.™
Jefferson has received the maximum six-year accreditation that is valid through November 2025. Joint Accreditation in Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) recognizes that Jefferson is among the top tier of continuing professional healthcare education providers, and one of a select few academic medical centers to have achieved this milestone.
Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Educationoffers Jefferson the opportunity to be simultaneously accredited to provide medical, nursing, pharmacy and optometry continuing education activities through a single, unified application process and set of accreditation standards. As a result, accredited providers may award single profession or interprofessional continuing education credit to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, PAs, psychologists, optometrists and social workers without obtaining separate accreditations. This innovation promotes interprofessional continuing education that leads to improved healthcare delivery and better patient outcomes.
Joint Accreditation promotes IPCE activities specifically designed to improve interprofessional collaborative practice in healthcare delivery to achieve a common goal of improving patient care. It signifies to clinicians and to the public that continuing healthcare education activities provided by Jefferson meet the highest standards for quality and unbiased education.
Prior to earning Joint Accreditation, Jefferson’s Sidney Kimmel Medical College was nationally accredited -- with commendation -- to award physician credits by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, as well as psychology credits by the American Psychological Association. Our College of Population Health was nationally accredited to award pharmacy credits by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital was providing nursing contact hours via its Department of Nursing Staff Development Office’s state accreditation via the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association.
The road to Joint Accreditation was the result of an interprofessional effort with significant support from the Provost’s Office. The application process began in October 2018, but preparations stretch back to 2015. Jefferson’s Joint Accreditation Steering Committee, led by Jeanne Cole, EdD, and Alexis Skoufalos, EdD, was formed to develop Jefferson’s IPCE programming and meet the qualifications to become Joint Accredited. It included representatives from the Colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy, Population Health and Medicine, as well as the TJUH’s CMO and clinical pharmacy departments.
To qualify to apply for Joint Accreditation, at least 25 percent of Jefferson’s accredited continuing education activities had to be planned by and for the healthcare team during an 18-month period. Once that requirement was met, Jefferson’s Office of Continuing Professional Development completed an Intent to Apply application (October 2018), a rigorous self-study application including detailed documentation for audited activities (July 2019), and participated in a multi-surveyor interview process (September 2019). The final Joint Accreditation decision was just received in December.
I am proud that Jefferson has achieved this milestone. Please join me in congratulating the Office of Continuing Professional Development on this achievement. They are looking forward to collaboratively working with all aspects of the Jefferson Enterprise in expanding Jefferson’s IPCE programming.
If you are interested in learning more about working with the Office of Continuing Professional Development, or Joint Accreditation, please contact the Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education is a collaboration of:
- Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
- Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
- American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
- American Academy of PAs (AAPA)
- American Psychological Association (APA)
- Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry’s Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (ARBO/COPE)
- Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)