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May 13, 2010
News from the CoAEMSP
A COMMITTEE ON ACCREDITATION OF CAAHEP

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REVISED POLICIES & PROCEDURES AVAILABLE
ADDITIONAL ACCREDITATION WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED
TIME EXTENSION OFFERED FOR BACHELORS DEGREE
SITE VISITOR MANUAL NOW AVAILABLE
SITE VISITOR WORKSHOP A SUCCESS
NEW EMS ACCREDITATION FACT SHEET
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Revised Accreditation Policies & Procedures Now Available 

Policies and ProceduresThe 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 available here.

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!

Sponsored by CoAEMSP and NAEMSE.

"Accreditation is NOT a Four Letter Word"

Elmhurst, IL: May 11 - 12

Held in partnership with Superior Ambulance Service
FULL
 
Philadelphia, PA: June 25 - 26
Held in partnership with Jefferson University Hospital EMS Training Room
Click here for more information and to register.
SEATING IS LIMITED!
 
San Antonio, TX: August 20 - 21
Location: TBA
Click here for more information and to register.
 
Atlanta, GA: October 28-29
Location: TBA
More information coming soon!

Contact NAEMSE at (412) 920-4775 or naemse@naemse.org with questions. Register today!

Time Extension Offered to
Program Directors Needing to Obtain a Bachelors Degree for Accreditation


cap diplomaOne 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 completed.
 
THE PROGRAM MUST:

Step 1
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.

Step 2
Complete the CAAHEP Request for Accreditation Services form found here.

Step 3
Complete the Initial Accreditation Self Study Report (ISSR) found here.

Step 4
Submit the completed Initial Accreditation Self Study Report (ISSR) and appropriate fees.
 
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 bill@coaemsp.orgor 817.330.0080 Ext. 113.
 

Site Visitor Manual Now Available!

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.

Site Visitor Workshop a Success!

CalendarTwenty-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. The feedback 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

YAMYAM 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

  • informational narrative pages,
  • video vignettes,
  • reference readings, and
  • links to other valuable website
Take advantage of this great free resource and go to the YAM website today!
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