Originating from provisions of the Federal Board of Vocational Education (FBVE) under the Smith-Hughes Act of 1917, NHCI was initially founded in cooperative compliance with the Federal Government, under the precursory FBMS.

As of 1963, certain provisions have been been made obsolete and/or transferred under the Vocational Education Act of 1963 and Public Law 110-315 (HEOA).

As of 1986, The National Healthcare Credentialing Institute® (NHCI), “Credentialing Institute”, is a not-for-profit organization in cooperative compliance with the U.S. Federal Government under Title 42 of the Official U.S. Code, to benefit primarily private, as well as public health and welfare.

The primary focus of the Credentialing Institute is to improve health care quality through comprehensive credentialing methods or systems that assess health care education, training, and practice using the Nontraditional Credentialing Standards Module® (NCSM).

Based upon the scientific evidence, health care research results, and technology assessments of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), National Institutes of Health (NIH), other agencies of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and several additional governmental organizations and agencies, NCSM aims to enhance the well-being of all Americans by providing for safe and effective health care services.

Effective health care service provisioning depends heavily upon the quality of care which is in direct correlation with the integrity and efficacy of education and training. The Credentialing Institute oversees credentialing in the form of accreditation as well as certification and licensure for qualifying persons and organizations under the Nontraditional Credentialing Standards Module® (NCSM).

Director Jan Alberts