Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs
for the Emergency Medical Services Professions



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New Interpretations Adopted at CoAEMSP August Board Meeting

During the August Board Meeting of the CoAEMSP held in Washington DC August 3-4, 2012, new Interpretations were approved. Access the full updated document here

CoAEMSP Defines Airway Competency


The challenge? To define airway competency. The result? A recommendation based on research and validation.


For 18 months a task force consisting of CoAEMSP Board members and non-Board members obtained input from program directors, researched the literature, and vetted EMS focused organizations. The result of its due diligence and hard work is the CoAEMSP's recommendation on intubation. The recommendation has been added as a CoAEMSP interpretation to the CAAHEP Standards. View the recommendation here.    

Are You Ready?
Only 132 Days Until Accreditation Initiative is Implemented!

If you have not begun the accreditation process for your Paramedic educational program, now is the time to start.

Everything you need to become accredited is available on the CoAEMSP website. If you have questions or need additional assistance, our staff is here to help.

On the CoAEMSP website, you will find helpful articles, FAQs, all necessary forms and documents, checklists, and important updates. Plus back issues of our monthly eUpdates that contain pertinent and helpful information.

Accreditation ensures "credible education" that moves EMS towards increased professionalism; it protects the student's education; and most importantly, it protects the public. Get started on your accreditation today!

Task Force Developed to Address Unique Challenges of Distance Education  


The CoAEMSP and CAAHEP strive to treat ALL programs equally, regardless of the mode of content delivery; however, distance education programs have nuances that traditional or hybrid programs do not.


As a result, a task force led by Donna Tidwell, representing NASEMSO on the CoAEMSP Board, has been formed to review distance education and provide clear interpretations.   


As progress is made, you will receive updates in a monthly eUpdate like this one, and the CoAEMSP website. 

September 1 Deadline is Approaching!
Response to Findings Letter & Progress Reports are Due

If you have recently hosted a site visit and received your Findings Letter (listing your program's strengths, potential Standards violations, and recommendations), then you have a Response to the Findings Letter due September 1.

If you have a progress report due, then it may be due September 1.

This is a friendly reminder to submit those reports on or before the deadline.
Avoid an Adverse Recommendation by Submitting Reports on Time

The essence of a quality accreditation body is its adherence to standards, rules and regulations. Therefore, in order for the CoAEMSP to maintain its credibility, it must uphold due dates and implement consequences when deadlines are not met. Read more...
Don't Delay; Submit Today!
Accreditation Results by the Numbers

January 1, 2013 is just 4 1/2 months away. Why are you waiting? Don't delay; submit today!

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Why Do We Need TWO Months to Review Your Response to Findings Letter or Progress Report???
If it seems excessive that we need to receive a program's Response to the Findings Letter or Progress Report TWO months before the Board meeting--and won't accept late submission--let us explain.

To give your program its due attention and fair review, the CoAEMSP staff and Board members need sufficient time to collate, review, and discuss the program's accreditation record, which results in an accreditation recommendation.  Read more... 
Meet Board Member 
William Raynovich, EdD, NREMT-P

Bill is currently Director of EMS Education and an Associate Professor of EMS at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He is also heavily involved in numerous committees at Creighton.

With forty-five years of employment experience in EMS, Bill has held positions as lecturer, director of prehospital services, paramedic crew chief, EMS training coordinator, and shift field supervisor, among others. Bill was also a Hospital Corpsman and Field Medic Technician in the US Navy. Read more...
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John F. Brown, MD, MPA, FACEP

Since 1996, John has been the Attending Physician of the Emergency Department at San Francisco General Hospital; Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco; and Medical Director of the Emergency Medical Services Section Department of Public Health for the City and County of San Francisco.

In addition, John is Assistant Medical Director of Disaster Medical Assistance Team CA-6, with deployments to hurricane Katrina relief in 2005 and the Democratic National Convention 2008. Read more...
Meet our Sponsors
The National Association of EMS Educators
The National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) is a non-profit educational association serving the EMS community since 1995. As a professional membership organization, NAEMSE is made up of over 3,000 EMS educators, both nationally and internationally, that include Instructors, Program Directors, Deans, Training Officers, EMS Physicians, EMS Nurses and EMS State Officials. It is governed by a board of directors and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA. Read more...

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