February 18, 2011
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Analysis of Citations 

In 2010 CAAHEP awarded initial and continuing accreditation to 47 Paramedic programs. The top four Standards cited were:  

1. Medical Director Responsibilities III.B.2.a.4) - 28% 
Assurance of the competence of each graduate of the program in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains.

2. Program Director Responsibilities III.B.1.a.1) - 26%
Administration, organization, and supervision of the educational program.

3. Medical Director Responsibilities III.B.2.a.3) - 23%
Review and approval of the progress of each student throughout the program and assist in the development of appropriate corrective measures when a student does not show adequate progress.

4. Hospital/Clinical and Field/Internship Affiliations III.A.2. - 21%
For all affiliations students shall have access to adequate numbers of patients, proportionally distributed by illness, injury, gender, age, and common problems encountered in the delivery of emergency care appropriate to the level of the Emergency Medical Services Profession(s) for which training is being offered.


To help program directors interpret the Standards and identify key components to each area, webinars will be offered throughout the year; each one will focus on a specific Standard. In addition to the webinars, eUpdates, like this one, will elaborate on a Standard.  For dates and topics, watch for future eUpdates or visit 


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Requests for Accreditation

Webinar for Program Directors

and Site Visitors 

CoAEMSP Interpretations: Preceptor Training   

Thursday, March 10 at 2pm ET / 1pm CT / 12noon MT / 11am PT

The goal of the webinar is for participants to describe the key components of a preceptor training / orientation program. At the end of the webinar, participants will:  

1. Define preceptor, preceptor training, and preceptor orientation
2. List the standard that deals with preceptor issues
3. Describe content that must be in the program
4. Discuss options for program delivery
5. Describe the evidence required to demonstrate that training has been completed by the preceptors



Questions? Email or call Jennifer: or 817.330.0080 ext 114. 

Standards Interpretations  

III.B.2.a.4) Medical Director Responsibilities

Standard: The medical director must be responsible for all medical aspects of the program, including but not limited to: assurance of the competence of each graduate of the program in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains.

Interpretation: To demonstrate the medical director assures competence of each graduate in the three learning domains, documentation must include a terminal competency form for each graduate signed and dated by the Medical Director); [A CoAEMSP Terminal Competency form is available on the CoAEMSP web site for use by the program, if so desired.] At the conclusion of the program there must be a document signed by the Medical Director attesting to the competence of each graduate as an entry-level Paramedic.

The CoAEMSP Board recently approved another interpretation of the CAAHEP Standards:

III.B.1.b.1) Program Director's Qualifications (Bachelor's Degree)  
The Bachelor's degree must be awarded by an academic institution that is accredited by an institutional accrediting agency that is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE). The Bachelor's degree may be in any major.

CoAEMSP Interpretations of the CAAHEP Standards   

Plan to Attend the Next Accreditation Workshop 


Accreditation Workshop: STEPS TO SUCCESS

This comprehensive two-day accreditation workshop will arm you with all you need for a successful accreditation experience. You will receive hands-on instructions and guidance. Plan to attend now. 


Pittsburgh, PA - Friday June 3, 2011 8:00 AM 

to Saturday June 4, 2011 at 12:00 PM 



Join us for an informative workshop, which will include the:

1. Concept and overview of accreditation 

2. Process of accreditation 

3. Steps to the self study report with examples 

4. Site visit process--how to prepare for it and what happens during and after the visit 

5. Common stumbling blocks to accreditation and how to overcome them    


Hotel rooms are available at the William Penn Omni Hotel at a special rate of $159 per night plus tax for the CoAEMSP workshop.  


EARLY BIRD registration fee is $275 until May 3, 2011. 

Registration beginning May 4, 2011 is $325.  


This fee includes the cost of the workshop plus breakfast, lunch and breaks each day. 

Registration will close automatically after May 24, 2011.

Space is limited so register now!  


Future Workshops

September at NAEMSE -- Reno, NV

November 14-15 -- Atlanta 


San Antonio Accreditation Workshop 

Thirty-three people participated in the workshop held in San Antonio February 2-3. Despite the winter storm that hit much of the country, closed the Dallas-Ft. Worth airport and unleashed snow in San Antonio, it did not keep attendees away!

Participants experienced a workshop that left them feeling less anxious about accreditation and excited for the process. 


"I learned a lot, and the workshop made accreditation seem less scary."


"Really well-delivered explanations and examples of the application process and expectations for program compliance."


"The whole experience was just wonderful. I liked the communication between the participants and the presenters...the relaxed conversational issues requiring more detailed discussion were initially attempted to be answered and then set aside for later discussion, so as to not take over the whole conference...the ability to meet other directors and learn of their programs and interact with the other directors and bounce ideas off one another; I liked that the presenters were friendly and approachable and showed interest and concern in the questions we asked during the conference or on the side; I liked that the presenters were able to offer ideas or resources for us to find information we were seeking. I really enjoyed this conference and discovered a plethora of useful information; it was great."


"Thank you all for providing this very enlightening and educational experience! I now look forward to the ISSR in a different light."


"I really can not say enough wonderful things about my experience at this conference...I had high expectations when I left for San Antonio; Thank You, for exceeding every expectation."

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Determining a Realistic Time Frame for
Your ISSR Completion and Submission 
Completing your ISSR can be an easier task if you spend time up front developing an action plan and then breaking that plan down into 'chunks'.
Before beginning any portion of your ISSR, set aside time to thoroughly review all major documents (listed below) and note questions you might have. Contact the CoAEMSP with your questions at 817.330.0080 or here. 

Important Documents to Review




Once you have reviewed these documents, and your initials questions have been answered:

1. Review each section of the Initial Self Study Report and determine an estimated amount of time you will need to realistically complete each section.

2. Identify staff members who will need to assist you or complete portions of the ISSR.

3. From these estimates, you will begin to determine how much time you and your staff can devote each day to completing each section of the ISSR and when you estimate it will be ready to submit.


Complete accreditation resources are available here.


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