|Reminder: Progress Reports Are Due September 1|
you have a progress report or a response to a site visit due September 1? If yes,
schedule it on your calendar to submit it on time. Due dates for progress
reports and site visit responses are set corresponding to upcoming CoAEMSP
Board meetings, and extensions will not be given unless it is an extenuating
you ever wondered what happens with that report after the CoAEMSP receives it? This is the process used for each report you submit:
1. Karen compiles four different agenda files (everything is electronic), each
consisting of one-fourth of the programs on the next agenda. For the November meeting
there are 81, yes 81, programs scheduled for review.
2. Karen schedules
conference calls with each Review Team and provides material for their assigned
programs. Review Teams consist of CoAEMSP Board members, and there are four
teams: Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, and Delta.
3. The Review Teams meet to review
the accreditation record for the programs they are assigned and make
recommendations to the CoAEMSP Board.
4. Jennifer compiles the Review
Teams' comments into the Recommendation form.
5. Karen compiles another
agenda book that includes the recommendation forms and all of the program
material and mails it to the CoAEMSP Board. This time every Board member
receives each program's information. The goal is for the Board members to
receive agenda material two weeks in advance of the meeting, providing them
time to review the agenda documents.
a program's report is not submitted on time, the Program will still appear on
the agenda and the Board will makes its decision or recommendation based on the
information provided on or before the due date of September 1.
Now is the Time to Start Thinking about Annual Reports|
We may be in the thick of summer, but it is time to begin
thinking about the filing deadline for the 2010 annual report, which is December 1, 2010. The ability to access the report and detailed instructions will be available September 1.
Look for more information in a future issue of this eUpdate. If you have questions pertaining to the report, contact Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817.330.0080, x113.
Check Your Records For Our Mailing Address |
moved...2½ years ago!
is still forwarded from the old Bedford
address courtesy of its current tenants. Please confirm you have the correct CoAEMSP
address to send self study reports, checks, etc. Check with your accounting
department, Dean's office, President's office, etc. Check everywhere.
CoAEMSP address is:
4101 W. Green Oaks
Arlington, TX 76016
|Attend These Summer and Fall Accreditation Workshops|
Geared to Non-Accredited Programs Plus New Program Directors for Accredited Programs
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"
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!
|CoAEMSP is on the Road |
Executive Director Dr. George
Hatch has traveled extensively in the last year and a half speaking about accreditation of Paramedic educational programs. Dr. Hatch has been in 29 states in the last 18 months making presentations, meeting with state officials and program directors, and providing assistance regarding accreditation.
"The CoAEMSP is committed to helping educators and states understand how the EMS Agenda for the Future
impacts accreditation of Paramedic educational programs," Dr. Hatch explains. "We want to help make the process as simple as possible."
In addition, the CoAEMSP is scheduled to attend various EMS conferences in the coming months. Check future issues of this eUpdate to see where the CoAEMSP will be next.
|Becoming Accredited: Where Do I Start? |
A question the CoAEMSP hears most frequently is how to become accredited. That's a great question and we have a great answer. The CoAEMSP has a complete section
on its website devoted to helping educational programs become accredited.
We recommend that you read the introductory section (it's not long) to familiarize yourself with its contents.
You will first complete the "Request for Accreditation Services"
found on the CAAHEP website. Read this page and then complete the form
Programs will then need to complete a written Initial-Accreditation Self Study Report (ISSR) and an on-site review.
This section also contains a great deal of helpful resources to assist you in the process:
Candid perspectives of program
Facts about Paramedic program accreditation.
CoAEMSP accreditation Resource Packet.
Accreditation Frequently Asked Questions and what it means to EMS.
CAAHEP Accreditation Manual.
SAMPLE completed accreditation documents.
We hope this helps make the accreditation process seem less intimidating.
Program Directors With No Bachelors Degree: You Have a Progress Report Due August 31 |
you are a Program Director without a Bachelors Degree and CoAEMSP is
tracking your progress toward the Bachelors Degree, chances are you have a
report due to the CoAEMSP on or before August 31.
The Progress Report must
include an official sealed transcript documenting successful completion of at
least 15 credits toward the Bachelors Degree and a letter signed by the
Program's sponsor's chief executive officer (i.e., President, Fire Chief, CEO)
stating that the sponsor is aware that the Program Director (1) must be
matriculated in a Bachelor's degree program and (2) must complete a minimum of
15 credits toward the degree each year.
The Progress Report must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions regarding this, contact Karen via email or phone at
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 email@example.com or
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