Full Accreditation



             Full Accreditation

Does Your Simulation Program Meet the Standards?  Let the World Know!

SSH's Accreditation Council of Healthcare Simulation Programs is now accepting applications.  There are two annual review cycles with deadlines of  December 15 and May 15.  If your simulation program has a two-year track record of excellence in assessment, research, or teaching, now is the time to apply for review.  

Accreditation Standards

The 2016 versions of the Accreditation Standards are required as of the December 15, 2016 application submission date.  There remain the five areas for accreditation.  All must apply for Core, the remaining areas are optional (must apply for at least one of Assessment, Research, or Teaching/Education).  All standards and evidence within each area that a Program applies to become accredited are required.  If you have any questions, please email accreditation@ssih.org.  It is strongly recommended that the companion documents be downloaded and reviewed first, they include the standards and criteria.


Companion Documents to the Accreditation Standards

There are often questions about what is meant by each item in the Accreditation Standards.  The Accreditation Committee has put together the following companion documents to help applicant programs understand the intent and concept of the Standards in each area.  These are not prescriptive, and are intended to help the applicant programs to gain insight into how their own program demonstrates the standards, and what documentation might be needed to support the standard.  


Additional Supporting Documents

The SSH Accreditation Biosketch (word doc) should be used to provide simulation-specific information on Program personnel when other options are not available.  The Simulation Activities listing (excel spreadsheet) may be used by Programs to list all activities for each area of activity.

Application Issues

There are often questions about applying for either Full Accreditation or Provisional Accreditation, and also about whether multiple sites or consortiums meet the criteria to apply as a single program with multiple sites or as a consortium.  Please review these documents in order to help find the answers. 

Multiple Site Programs Policy (pdf) Application Flowchart (pdf) Multiple Site Flowchart (pdf)

To apply for SSH Accreditation:

1.     Review the SSH Accreditation Informational Guide (pdf)
2.     Review the SSH Accreditation Self-Study (2016 Standards)  (doc) to determine in which areas you would like to apply for Accreditation
3.     Explore the Companion Documents (above) for each area--these will help you know what is desired.
4.     Review the SSH Accreditation 
Instructional Guide (pdf)
5.     Complete the online, entry application form (your program will be invoiced the $100 USD on receipt of this form)
6.     Complete your formal accreditation packet and send to the Coordinator of Accreditation by the application deadline (postmark)

FOR SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS or QUESTIONS:  Contact Kristyn Gadlage (Director of Accreditation) or Elizabeth Holzwarth

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