Accreditation Policies & Procedures Now Available
The revised Policies and Procedures Manual was approved
at the February Board meeting by the CoAEMSP Board of Directors. Included for the first time is the new
Accreditation Glossary. The CoAEMSP Policies & Procedures Manual is
Additional Accreditation Workshop Sessions Scheduled |
Geared to Non-Accredited Programs Plus New Program Directors for Accredited Programs
Attend the session most convenient for you. This course covers topics such as accreditation overview, self study, site visit
preparation, and the preparation of annual reports. Take this opportunity to be
guided step-by-step by experienced CoAEMSP and NAEMSE faculty through the
accreditation process. Register today!
CoAEMSP and NAEMSE.
"Accreditation is NOT a Four Letter Word"
IL: May 11 - 12
partnership with Superior Ambulance Service
Philadelphia, PA: June 25 -
partnership with Jefferson University Hospital EMS Training Room
Click here for more information and to register.
Antonio, TX: August 20 - 21
Click here for more information and to register.
GA: October 28-29
More information coming soon!
at (412) 920-4775 or email@example.com with
questions. Register today!
Time Extension Offered to |
Program Directors Needing to Obtain a Bachelors Degree for Accreditation
One of the
requirements for accreditation of Paramedic educational programs is that the
program director must possess a Bachelors degree. Because some programs may
find it difficult to meet this requirement by the 2013 date, the CoAEMSP Board
of Directors has approved a Bachelors Degree Plan for Program Directors.
This plan provides an extended period of
time for the program director of a program seeking Initial Accreditation to
obtain his/her Bachelors degree. To be eligible for this plan, the program
must submit its Initial Accreditation Self Study Report (ISSR) and fees
to the CoAEMSP for evaluation prior to January 1, 2011. Doing so will allow
the program director to demonstrate that qualification by current enrollment
and continual satisfactory academic progress (defined as a minimum of 15
semester hours per year) toward a Bachelors degree until successfully
THE PROGRAM MUST:
Make sure it has an accreditation-eligible sponsor. This can be a college,
university, hospital, clinic, medical center, U.S. Armed Forces, governmental
educational or medical services, governmental fire academy or governmental EMS training agency, or a consortium. Complete
information about accreditation-eligible sponsors is here.
Complete the CAAHEP Request for Accreditation Services form found here.
Complete the Initial Accreditation Self Study Report (ISSR) found here.
Submit the completed Initial Accreditation Self Study Report (ISSR) and
Submission of a completed ISSR by January 1, 2011, will make the program
director eligible for the extended period of time to complete a Bachelors
degree. More information is available here. For additional
information or assistance, contact Bill Goding at firstname.lastname@example.org
817.330.0080 Ext. 113.
CoAEMSP has revised its Site Visitor Manual. It is available here.
The Manual is intended to be the go-to resource for site visitors. The Manual includes the qualifications and training required to serve as a site visitor; the team
composition and responsibilities of the site visitor and site visit team;
behavioral expectations; the quality assurance program; sample site visit
agenda; possible interview questions; Site Visit Report; Opening and Closing
Statements of a site visit; evaluations; Confidentiality Agreement &
Conflict of Interest Statements; interpretations of the CAAHEP Standards; expense report; site visitor
checklist; and who to contact with questions at CoAEMSP.
A series of
webinars will be offered to introduce the Site Visitor Manual and educate all site
visitors on this useful tool. Look for information on these webinars soon.
Workshop a Success!|
Twenty-seven new site visitors
participated in a site visitor workshop hosted by CoAEMSP on April 16 and 17 in
Louisville, Ky. The workshop was unique because each attendee was required to
apply and CoAEMSP paid for travel expenses.
The 2 day event included: an
overview of the accreditation process; discussing the CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines and CoAEMSP
Interpretation; preparing for the Site Visit, planning the Site Visit Agenda,
and completing Site Visit Report; participating in a scavenger hunt of the new
Site Visitor Manual; and taking a
post-test to assess comprehension.
was extremely positive.
CoAEMSP is planning a series of webinars this summer to
present the same information to its current cadre of site visitors and will host
another site visitor workshop in conjunction with the NAEMSE Annual Symposium in
Schaumburg, IL on Wednesday, September 8, 2010. More information here.
Have You Heard About YAM?|
"Your Accreditation Mentor" is a Great Resource Provided by CAAHEP
YAM is a FREE service CAAHEP provides to all program directors, but especially to newly appointed program directors.
YAM helps program directors understand the accreditation process and advises them on good practices. The YAM website includes
Take advantage of this great free resource and go to the YAM website today!
- informational narrative pages,
- video vignettes,
- reference readings, and
- links to other valuable website
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