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Fellowship Program in Case Management
The American Academy of Case Management offers a Fellowship program for qualified professional nurses and other professional health care providers practicing the specialty of Case Management. The Fellowship Process is a two-tier program including a Fellowship Credentialing Examination and completion of a comprehensive course in Managed Care, which is provided to applicants upon successful completion of the examination.
A conferred Fellowship is considered by many professional organizations to exemplify a high level of attainment and validation of one’s education, knowledge and skills in a practice specialty. Fellowship is a conferred status provided to those who meet comprehensive criteria for specialty practice through testing, education and practice. Webster’s II dictionary defines a “Fellow” as a learned member of a learned society. The AACM Fellowship program provides for this validation within a peer group of professionals. Fellowship in the AACM denotes this high level validation and achievement.
Education Program Leading to Fellowship
The American Academy of Case Management offers a full continuing education program of courses for 150 hours of continuing education. Successful completion of this 150 hour program qualifies one for Fellowship in the Academy. Access Program Information.
The objectives of the AACM are:
- Provide a high quality program of Fellowship in the American Academy of Case Management for professional nurses and professional health care providers practicing case management and meeting all requirements for Fellowship status in the Academy.
- Develop and support high standards of education and practice requirements for the attainment of fellowship status.
- Provide a mechanism for the ongoing involvement of a peer advisory board of qualified case managers and other selected health care professionals to oversee program development and requirements for fellowship in the AACM.
- Provide society with a mechanism to ascertain the appropriate education, skills, knowledge and experience required by case managers who have achieved Fellow status in the Academy.
- Establish quality standards and requirements for re-fellowship of its credentialed members, attesting to ongoing education and skill attainment in the practice specialty of health care case management and disease management.
- Provide a comprehensive program of approvals for continuing education, seminars, offerings, independent study, and other related educational activities, to ensure high quality standards are met and that such programs are of value to professional case managers.
Eligibility to Achieve Fellowship Status in the American Academy of Case Management:
Registrants must meet at least one of the following:
- A registered nurse currently licensed to practice nursing
- A licensed social worker
- A licensed physician
- A health care licensed professional who has at least one year experience working in a case management system
Fellowship Status in The American Academy of Case Management
Requires attainment of one of the following criteria:
- Completion of an official, established education program to prepare health care professionals for the practice of Case Management. Educational programs must have provided a minimum of 150 hours of lecture/study. Candidates for Fellowship must present valid evidence of successful completion of such program. The AACM review board will review and approve programs on an individual basis. Once a program is approved, it will be published as “approved” by the AACM. Programs submitted for approval consideration must have their curriculums specifically based in case management theory/practice. Click here to view approved programs, Those completing an approved program are exempt from taking the examination. The American Academy of Case Management offers a full continuing education curriculum in Case Management & Managed Care that meets the education requirement for Fellowship/Certification. Click here to review the program.
- Fellowship examination by validation of practice experience – this option allows Case Managers who have been in active practice as a Case Manager to submit verification of practice experience. Candidates must validate experience in the practice of case management. Candidates must have practiced a minimum of 2,000 hours over the two year period to the date of application for Fellowship. Requirements for validation are provided on the certification application. Candidates who meet the practice requirement are then authorized to take the proctored Fellowship examination in Case Management. Please review carefully the required accompanying documents that must be included with your completed application. You must also include the completed “Proctor Approval Form” and submit it with your completed application.
Fellowship Credential Examination
Candidates who are such authorized will receive notification that they are permitted to take the examination. The candidate will schedule the examination with the administrative office of the AACM. The examination is a proctored examination. Criteria for selecting a proctor is presented on the application for Fellowship. All proctors must be approved by the AACM.
The examination must be taken at one setting. Proctors are sent detailed instructions on administering and monitoring the examination. The examination is comprehensive and tests knowledge in all areas of health care case management. The AACM does not endorse or recommend any review courses or texts or materials to study for examination preparation. The philosophy of the AACM is that authorized candidates to the examination already possess the knowledge to successfully complete the examination. Candidates are informed in writing of their examination scores within 30 days of receipt of the examination in the AACM office.
Conferral of Fellowship Status in the AACM
Fellowship status is conferred when the applicant has:
- Successfully completed an approved continuing education curriculum, or
- Has successfully completed the credentialing examination with a score of 70% or above.
Fellowship Identification & Credentials
Those applicants who are conferred Fellowship by the AACM- shall be deemed “Fellow in the American Academy of Case Management” and may use the initials/credential “FAACM” Click here to learn more about the Role of the Certified Case Manager.
All Fellowships shall be for a period of 4 years from the date that the initial Fellowship is conferred by the AACM.
We have a dedicated page that provides a quick over-view of our certification process. It will provide you with good information about the process/phases of both the education courses and application for certification. Click here to access.
Continued Status of Fellowship After Expiration
Fellows in the AACM may apply for and receive a re-conferral at the expiration of their four year term by:
Obtaining 60 or more hours of continuing education within the four year period of Fellowship status and submitting validation of practice as a Case Manager for a minimum of 2,500 hours within the same time period. For complete information please click here.
Fellows will receive a large size official Certificate attesting to conferred Fellow status, as well as an official letter of notification. The certificate is suitable for framing and details the official professional title, and time frames for fellowship. Wallet sized identification cards are also presented. Those re-certifying receive a new, updated certificate.
Standards & Code of Ethics
Once a candidate has been officially conferred Fellowship status in the AACM, the Fellow will receive a handbook detailing a code of ethics.
The Fellowship fee for Case Managers is $200.00 for the four year term. Payment in full is due at the time of application. If the candidate’s application for the fellowship examination is not approved, the applicant will be reimbursed the $200.00 fee. A completed application must be mailed in to the AACM with full payment to be considered for approval to take the credentialing examination. An application is available on this website. Those who elect the examination option will also include a $25.00 examination processing fee with their application.
What is Certification?
“A certification is a third-party attestation of an individual’s level of knowledge or proficiency in a certain industry or profession. They are granted by authorities in the field, such as professional societies and universities, or by private certificate-granting agencies. Most certifications are time-limited; some expire after a period of time (e.g., the lifetime of a product that required certification for use), while others can be renewed indefinitely as long as certain requirements are met. Renewal usually requires ongoing education to remain up-to-date on advancements in the field, evidenced by earning the specified number of continuing education credits (CECs), or continuing education units (CE’s), from approved professional development courses. “ 1
Certification is an official recognition from a “Professional Organization” that one has met all of the established standards as determined by that professional organization to be conferred the specific “certification” by that professional organization. Certifications are most frequently established and conferred by “professional organizations.” Certification is thus a validation that a professional has thus achieved a high standard of knowledge, learning and skills in a specific specialty area of practice. It attests to an achievement in professional practice that is beyond that achieved for licensure. It is also specialty practice specific, rather than generic in nature.
Certification is distinctly different from ‘licensing.” Licensure is conferred /granted by the Government. In most all cases, licensure is the responsibility of the State Government. Every state has its own government agencies that oversee and confer licensure to professionals, i.e. the state boards of nursing. Licensure is established by “laws” and then specific rules and regulations which conform to the tenets of the state’s laws. Licensure is granted and over-seen by state agencies. Certification, on the other hand, is NOT licensure and is not established by any “laws.” Licensing agencies generally do not “oversee” professional certifications, unless their specific laws mandate a certain professional certification, in order to practice. An example of this would be: for a registered nurse to receive and be conferred a license as a “Nurse Practitioner” most states require that the RN also have Certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. So, in order to be licensed as a nurse practitioner, the nurse must hold certification from one of those two professional organizations. The State Board of Nursing does not oversee the certification, but rather requires it for nurse practitioner license.
Why Achieve a Certification?
“Professional certification shows consumers and potential employers that you are committed to your profession and are well-trained. It gives them confidence in your abilities and knowledge. Certification makes you more valuable to employers, so you can expect to earn more than someone without certification. Certification also offers advancement opportunities.” 2 Other compelling reasons to consider a specialty practice certification include: Acquire advanced knowledge and skills in a sub-specialty health care practice: 1) Achieve national recognition for attainment of knowledge and skills by meeting established standards of professional advanced practice, 2). Enhance and expand your health care practice, 3). Increase your marketability, 4). Be viewed as a credentialed expert in your practice specialty, and 5). Become part of a professional group and network of recognized and certified health care specialists.
Report findings published on Nurse.com revealed the following regarding Nurses that held certifications: 1). Certified nurses make more money, 2). Certified nurses have respect and recognition, 3). Certified nurses have validated competence in their specialty area, 4). Certified nurses are more marketable and hireable, 5). Certified nurses perceive they have more power in their organizations, 6). Certified nurses have more professional opportunities, 7). Certified nurses have standing among their professional peers, and 8). Certified nurses are more confident. 3
While these study finds were specific to the nursing profession, we believe such benefits are applicable to all health care professionals who hold practice specialty certifications, especially related to recognition, opportunities in employment and validated competency in their practices.
A major hallmark of quality Certification programs is the mandate that Certified Members commit to continued learning in order to maintain their certifications. This is most generally achieved by requiring a recertification process in which certified member’s document continued learning in their practice specialty by way of continuing education. Certifying bodies will establish quality standards for the requirements for its certified members to achieve contact hours of continuing education credits in order to maintain their certification status by the organization or association. 1, 2
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals upholds this high quality standard for recertification of its members by an established program of recertification via mandatory continuing education as well as clinical practice hours over a four-year time frame. Certified members may recertify their status upon meeting the standards established for recertification of their practice specialties.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professional_certification October 2018. Page 1.
- https://www.collegetransfer.net/AskCT/WhatisProfessionalCertification/ October 2018
- https://www.nurse.com/blog/2018/03/14/enjoy-the-perks-of-nurse-certification/ October 2018
The American Academy of Case Management and its Fellowship Program is not affiliated with any other programs of credential evaluation or certifications. The AACM is not affiliated in any way with any other professional organization related to case management education or practice.
Click here to view education programs and certifying boards/organizations that are approved by the AACM.
Click here for the Online CE Continuing Education for Re-Certification.
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