Joint Accreditation for Interdisciplinary Education

Three accreditation boards (ACCME, ACPE and ANCC) have collaborated to offer organizations the opportunity to be accredited simultaneously with all three boards through Joint Accreditation. Joint Accreditation was initially launch in 2009, and since this time has continued to evolve with its eligibility requirements and criteria. To-date, there are over 26 jointly accredited providers. Joint Accreditation allows education providers to reach medicine, pharmacy and nursing audiences through one application process, one fee structure and one set of accreditation standards.

Joint Accreditation promotes interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) not just for the convenience to providers, but for the ultimate goal of improving healthcare team collaboration and patient care. Interprofessional education takes place when individuals from two (or more) professions “learn about, from, and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes” (World Health Organization, 2010).

To be eligible for Joint Accreditation, an organization should be able to prove that over the previous 18 months, its “structure and processes to plan and present education by and for the healthcare team have been fully function” and that healthcare teams have designed at least 25% of its educational activities, for healthcare teams.

The Joint Accreditation website can be found here. If you have questions or are weighing Joint Accreditation contact AOE at: 303-557-0859 or


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