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The Academy of Health Care Education Professionals

AHCEP FellowshipHCEA is currently exploring  a new certification program for patient educators. This means that we are not accepting new Fellowship (FAHCEP) applications at this time. Information about HCEA's past Fellowship program is below and will remain on this page until a new certification program is available.


The purpose of the Academy of Health Care Education Professionals (AHCEP) is to foster excellence in health care education by recognizing and capitalizing on the wisdom of outstanding individuals who have contributed to health care education in sustained and significant ways.  A member accepted to the Academy is granted recognition through the use of the credential: Fellow, Academy of Health Care Education Professionals (abbreviated as FAHCEP), to be used following his or her name.  This designation distinguishes professionals who have achieved established standards and have made significant contributions to the field of health care education.  Fellows are expected to provide visionary leadership in the field of health care education and to support the mission of the Health Care Education Association.  The work of the fellow is to advance health education and practice on various levels.  These include, but are not limited to, roles in teaching, staff development, consulting, patient education, health care resource centers, and resource development.  Fellows support both clients and colleagues through the generation, synthesis, and dissemination of health care knowledge, teaching/learning theory, client-focused instruction, and collegial networking.

Who We Are

Through invitation to Fellowship, the Academy of Health Care Education Professionals recognizes the Fellow's accomplishments within the profession and provides an opportunity to work with other leaders in health care education in addressing the issues of the day.  Resources and mechanisms available for purposeful networking include the HCEA website, the "members only" site, three special interest listservs (StaffEdNet, PIPELine, and PtEdNet), the annual HCEA conference, the consultation directory, and special interest groups.


The HCEA Board of Directors is responsible and accountable for awarding all Fellowships.  Those individuals inducted into the Academy are designated as Fellows in the Academy of Health Care Education Professionals and entitled to use the credential, FAHCEP.  The induction of new fellows and a meeting of Fellows in the Academy are held in conjunction with the HCEA's annual conference.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for Fellowship must provide evidence of their enduring and substantial contributions to health care education on national, regional and local levels as relevant to:

  • Professional development
  • Professional leadership with service to health care agencies and society as a whole
  • Service to profession in the role of conference faculty, author, researcher, consultant, and/or creator of instructional resource materials
  • Contributions to ongoing organizational development and leadership
  • Community service that brings the added value of health care expertise into the civic setting.

Current members of the HCEA who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Must be currently employed with primary roles and responsibilities in health care education (examples include but are not limited to: staff development educators, patient educators, family and community resource educators, faculty and instructors in schools that train health care professionals, educational consultants, AHEC/HETC education professionals, life support instructors, education directors and administrators in health care organizations) OR
  • Must have at least 15 years of career experience primarily roles in health care education.

Responsibilities of Fellows

All individuals accepted into Fellowship in the Academy of Health Care Education Professionals are required to fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • Attend the Academy Induction Ceremony
  • Maintain membership in the HCEA
  • Pay annual Academy membership dues
  • Participate in the community of Fellows as a means of transforming health care education.

Applicants who have demonstrated exceptional contributions and excellence throughout their careers in health care education will be granted Fellowship to the Academy of Health Care Education Professionals. Fellowship is a very prestigious designation and is widely recognized in the professional world as being one of the highest honors that an individual can achieve for his or her profession or specialty area.


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