Welcome to the Medical Assisting Education Review Board (MAERB)

The resources on this site are designed primarily for medical assisting Program Directors seeking initial or continuing CAAHEP Accreditation for a medical assisting program and MAERB/CAAHEP Surveyors.

The Medical Assisting Education Review Board

The Medical Assisting Education Review Board is a Committee on Accreditation (CoA) of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).  MAERB is an autonomous unit within the American Association of Medical Assistants Endowment (AAMAE).  The American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) is a sponsoring organization of MAERB.  MAERB makes accreditation recommendations for the status of accreditation of medical assisting programs.  

Within those accreditation processes, the MAERB fulfills these functions:

  • Ongoing review of program compliance and achievement of outcome thresholds
  • Regularly reviewing Standards for medical assisting education accreditation
  • Development and revision of the core Curriculum for Medical Assistants
  • Conducting accreditation workshops for medical assisting educators
  • Conducting workshops for MAERB/CAAHEP surveyors to promote consistent review of programs
  • Providing medical assisting educators with current information about CAAHEP and MAERB policies and practices for accreditation

The MAERB members are educators from both public and private institutions, administrators from institutions with accredited medical assisting programs, practicing medical assistants, members of the public, and physicians.  

Accreditation Department

The MAERB Accreditation Department provides staff support to the MAERB in the following activities:

  • Developing and implementing strategic plans and policies
  • Developing agendas and following up on actions taken at MAERB meetings
  • Monitoring compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Developing and interpreting accreditation standards
  • Coordinating accreditation workshops
  • Coordinating the recruitment of volunteers to serve as MAERB/CAAHEP surveyors
  • Coordinating training and evaluation of surveyors to promote consistent application of the Standards
  • Editing policies, procedural guides and forms for coordination of revisions
  • Providing assistance to programs undergoing accreditation


CAAHEP is a nonprofit, allied health education organization whose purpose is to accredit entry-level, allied health education programs. For more information, go to www.caahep.org.