DANVILLE - Geisinger Health System (GHS) was recently awarded Joint Accreditation for its interprofessional continuing education program, becoming only the 11th institution in the country to receive this recognition.

The designation is the first in the world to accredit nursing, medical and pharmacy continuing education activities through a single, unified application process. It acknowledges the top-quality education offered by GHS' Center for Continuing Professional Development.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center's Accreditation Program (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) all commend GHS for its vision, leadership and commitment to life-long learning.

"This Joint Accreditation represents the gold standard in continuing education collaboration and fully functioning teams for pharmacists, nurses and physicians at Geisinger's Center for Continuing Professional Development," said Dr. Linda Famiglio chief academic officer, Geisinger Health System. "We're now one of the few health systems nationwide, and that makes us truly elite."

Through Joint Accreditation from the ACCME, ANCC and ACPE, Geisinger will accredit clinical skills and workshops in collaboration with the Geisinger Education and Medical Simulation (GEMS) Center following the single joint criteria for all three types of credit. The accreditation has been granted for six years through November 2019.