May 8, 2012
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MAY 18
CAAHEP Board of Directors Meeting,

JUNE 28-29
Accreditation Workshop:
Steps to Success,

JULY 18-19
CAAHEP Board of Directors Meeting,
Las Vegas

CoAEMSP Quarterly Board Meeting,
Washington DC

Accreditation Workshop:
Steps to Success,

CAAHEP Board of Directors Meeting,

CoAEMSP Quarterly Board Meeting,

CAAHEP Board of Directors Meeting,
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Institute of Medicine Report

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EMS Agenda for the Future

Education Standards

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American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

American Ambulance Association (AAA)

 American College of Cardiology (ACC)

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)


 American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP)

 American College of Surgeons (ACS)

 American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA)

 International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)

 National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians (NAEMSP)

 National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT)

 National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE)

 National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO)

 National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) 

How Many Answers Do You Know?
Accreditation FAQs 


 Question Mark  


Q: Why is accreditation important?

A: Accreditation is an effort to assess the quality of institutions, programs and services, measuring them against agreed-upon standards and thereby assuring that they meet those standards. In the case of post-secondary education and training, there are two kinds of accreditation: institutional and programmatic (or specialized). Institutional accreditation helps to assure potential students that a school is a sound institution and has met certain minimum standards in terms of administration, resources, faculty and facilities.

Programmatic accreditation examines specific schools or programs within an educational institution (e.g., the law school, the medical school, the nursing program). The standards by which these programs are measured have generally been developed by the professionals involved in each discipline and are intended to reflect what a person needs to know and be able to do to function successfully within that profession. Accreditation in the health-related disciplines also serves a very important public interest. Along with certification and licensure, accreditation is a tool intended to help assure a well-prepared and qualified workforce providing health care services.  

Q: What are the benefits of accreditation of paramedic educational programs?

Accreditation helps answer the question: How good is this educational program? The benefits cited most often by accredited programs include: 

  • Outside quality improvement
  • Maintaining curriculum currency
  • Ability for graduates to obtain employment
  • Research indicates that graduates of accredited EMS education programs perform better on the NREMT exam
  • Marketing

In addition, the quality of your program is important to: 

  • Your bosses and colleagues
  • Your students
  • Potential students, their parents, their families and even their counselors
  • Your competitors  
  • Licensing boards, certifying agencies and other government agencies
  • Future employers of your students
  • Other members of your profession including fellow employees of your students
  • The patient

Q: How long does the accreditation process take?

One size DOES NOT fit all. Every educational program is different and they will each contain unique areas. Therefore, each application for accreditation receives individual attention by the CoAEMSP and so each timeframe varies. However, the average length of time for the accreditation process is 12 months. 


Q: Does our accreditation expire?
With the exception of initial status, CAAHEP accreditation is not time limited, but remains in place until another action is taken. The interval between program evaluations is five (5) years. The CAAHEP Board of Directors reserves the right to place a program on probation or withdraw accreditation at such time that the program no longer meets CAAHEP Standards and has been appropriately notified.

Arizona's First Three Programs Become Accredited!

In the past three months, three Paramedic educational programs became accredited--the first ever in the state. These included:


Mohave Community College, Kingman, Arizona
Shawn Lawless, EMTP, Program Director
Visit Website 


Pima Community College-Tucson, Tucson, AZ
Sharon Hollingsworth, NREMTP, Program Director
Visit Website  


Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ
Ken Schoch, NREMT-P, Program Director
Visit Website  

Summer Accreditation Workshops Now Available  


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

  • Concept and overview of accreditation
  • Process of accreditation
  • Steps to the self study report with examples
  • Site visit process--how to prepare for it and what happens during and after the visit
  • Common stumbling blocks to accreditation and how to overcome them

Following the conclusion of the workshop at noon on Friday, June 29, 2012, Dr. Hatch, Mr. York and Ms. Cason will be available for individual 15 minute sessions from 1:00 - 3:00 pm.  These special 15 minute sessions will be based on time availability.  A sign-up roster will be available at the beginning of the workshop. 

June 28-29, Pittsburgh

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August 6-7, Orlando at NAEMSE Annual Symposium   


Attend a Site Visitor Workshop
During NAEMSE Annual Symposium  


CoAEMSP will offer a Site Visitor Workshop during the NAEMSE Annual Symposium in Orlando this August. This 4 hour pre-conference workshop, along with the three "Standard Interpretations" sessions on the program, will constitute a Site Visitor Training workshop. Attendees must be qualified as Site Visitors and approved through CoAEMSP. The pre-conference session will cover the process for conducting a site visit, the questions and methods for the visit, the schedule to be used and the report that must be completed. (Interpretation sessions during the conference will go over Standards interpretation for each section of standards.) Additionally, responsibilities to the CoA will also be discussed.


To apply to become a site visitor complete and submit the Site Visitor application found  here, along with 2 letters of recommendation and a current CV to In addition, successfully pass the CAAHEP Site Visitor quiz found here. If your application is accepted, you will be registered for the Site Visitor Workshop. The CoAEMSP will notify you within 14 days of receipt of the completed application packet. The schedule for the Site Visitor Workshop and the Interpretations of the CAAHEP Standards is:


Tuesday, August 7, 1-5 pm, Site Visitor Workshop

Wednesday, August 8, 2:45-3:45pm,
Interpretations of CAAHEP Standards, Part I*

Thursday, August 9, 12:30-1:30pm,
Interpretations of CAAHEP Standards, Part III*

Thursday, August 9
, 4:45-5:45pm,
Interpretations of CAAHEP Standards, Part II*


*The Site Visitor Workshop is reserved for those approved. Last date to submit the application and be considered for the Site Visitor Workshop is July 1. The Interpretations of the CAAHEP Standards is open to all attendees. Register with NAEMSE for the Interpretations sessions here.
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Accreditation Process Made Easy   



Read the article on how to properly prepare your program for accreditation. The article appears at, and is written by CoAEMSP Executive Director Dr. George Hatch.

Meet Board Member  

Gordon Kokx, MS 



Gordon is Professor of Merit and EMS Program Director at the College of Southern Idaho where he designed, implemented, and directs the first public college-based paramedic program in the state's history. He also is a Paramedic for Life EMS in Ludington, Michigan.


Gordon has worked in Michigan, Florida, and Idaho and has over 28 years of clinical and teaching experience in the prehospital, flight and hospital areas of EMS. He is an active member of NAEMSE and serves on many local, state, and national committees including the Idaho EMS Education & Exam Task Force; CSI Best Practices Committee; Magic Valley Paramedics Advisory Board; and Idaho EMS Advisory Subcommittee. Gordy has been the CoAEMSP representative for NAEMT since 2006. He has also been a candidate for the NAEMT Board of Directors and serves as a PHTLS Instructor.  

Gordon has also served as a contributing author and reviewer for several EMS publications and is a frequent speaker at local, state, and national conferences. In 2005 he was awarded the distinguished College of Southern Idaho Teacher of the Year Award. In 2009, his program was awarded the Idaho Exemplary Program of the Year.   

Gordon holds numerous certifications including EMS Preparedness Instructor of Weapons of Mass Destruction/Domestic Terrorism, and Instructor for Traumatic Brain Injury. He also has training as Helicopter LZ Specialist, Offshore Powerboat Emergency Dive Rescue, and Ice Water Rescue. He has received many professional honors including an invitation to participate in the EMS and Disaster Response Professional Delegation in Russia in 2005.

Gordon holds a Master of Science degree in Educational Technology from Boise State University and is pursuing a PhD in Education at the University of Idaho.

Meet Our Sponsors:

National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians


The National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) was founded in 1975. It is the only organization of its kind, with its mission to "...represent and serve EMS practitioners, including paramedics, emergency medical technicians and emergency medical responders, through advocacy, educational programs and research." The NAEMT provides a united voice in matters including respect from the government, other medical professions and the public; salaries that reflect the EMT's professional training, responsibilities and dedication; improved benefits; leadership at the federal level comparable to that of police and firefighters; funding; and public policy support.

The NAEMT supports an advocacy program to help ensure that the EMS viewpoint is understood and incorporated into government (and other national institutions) policies, plans and programs.

Continuing education opportunities are also provided, with
leading-edge courses that are accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS) and recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). 

Connie Meyer serves as the current President, and Don Lundy is President-Elect.    

Representing the NAEMT on the CoAEMSP board is Gordon Kokx, MS and Doug York.  



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