Deadline Approaching for Application for Certification in Correctional Health Care

Posted Sep 10, 2013

Chicago, IL, September 10, 2013 -- Health care professionals and administrators in correctional institutions are increasingly choosing to become certified as correctional health professionals (CCHP) by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care. Close to 6,000 individuals have achieved the CCHP credential and demonstrated the mastery of national standards and the knowledge expected of leaders in this complex, specialized field.

To become certified, individuals must complete an application that includes their education and professional experience and pass a written exam. For those wishing to take the exam on October 27 at the National Conference on Correctional Health Care in Nashville, the application deadline of September 20 is fast approaching.

The CCHP credential is a symbol of achievement and leadership and is highly valued not only by participants but also by employers. The CCHP examination measures a candidate's knowledge, understanding and application of the content areas such as standards and guidelines essential to the delivery of appropriate health care, the basic legal principles for practicing in a correctional health care system, the ethical obligations of correctional health professionals and the role of health care professionals in delivering care in the correctional environment.

Professionals holding the CCHP certification are eligible to apply for the CCHP-RN (nursing) and CCHP-MH (mental health). The exams for these specialty certifications will also be held on October 27 and have an application deadline of September 20.

Professionals from many different disciplines and work settings have earned the CCHP designation. All correctional health professionals who meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply.

For more information about CCHP certification, additional exam dates and to apply online, visit

About the National Commission on Correctional Health Care

NCCHC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization working to improve the quality of care in our nation’s jails, prisons, and juvenile detention and confinement facilities. NCCHC establishes standards for health services in correctional facilities; operates a voluntary accreditation program for institutions that meet these standards; produces and disseminates resource publications; provides technical assistance; offers a quality review program; conducts educational trainings and conferences; and offers a certification program for correctional health professionals. NCCHC is supported by the major national organizations representing the fields of health, law and corrections. Each of these organizations has named a representative to the NCCHC Board of Directors.

NCCHC Supporting Organizations: Academy of Correctional Health Professionals, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, American Association of Public Health Physicians, American Bar Association, American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Healthcare Executives, American College of Neuropsychiatrists, American College of Physicians, American College of Preventive Medicine, American Correctional Health Services Association, American Counseling Association, American Dental Association, American Health Information Management Association, American Jail Association, American Medical Association, American Nurses Association, American Osteopathic Association, American Pharmacists Association, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American Public Health Association, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology, National Association of Counties, National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Association of Social Workers, National Medical Association, National Partnership for Juvenile Services, National Sheriffs' Association, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and Society of Correctional Physicians.