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



APRIL 14-15
Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC

APRIL 18-20
CoAEMSP & NAEMSE Workshops: CAAHEP Accreditation Update & Evaluating Student Competency, Dallas

CoAEMSP Board of Directors Meeting, Teleconference

Progress Reports & Response to Site Visit Findings Letters due

JUNE 25-27
CoAEMSP & NAEMSE Workshops: CAAHEP Accreditation Update & Evaluating Student Competency, Los Angeles

CoAEMSP Board of Directors Meeting, Bloomington, MN

CoAEMSP & NAEMSE Workshops: CAAHEP Accreditation Update & Evaluating Student Competency, Chicago
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MARCH 2013
CoAEMSP & NAEMSE Co-Sponsor Workshops
CoAEMSP/CAAHEP Accreditation
Update & Evaluating Student Competency Workshops
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June 25-27, 2013
Los Angeles

September 26-28, 2013

Registration will close April 10 (for Dallas), June 17 (for LA) & Sept.11 (for Chicago) OR when 75 people have paid in full--whichever comes first! Registration opens at the close of the workshop immediately preceding it.


Accreditation Workshop--April 18, June 25 & Sept. 26, 2013
This workshop is designed to bring the new paramedic program director and others in on the CAAHEP accreditation process including self study, site visit, and on-going issues as well as provide input on any Standards changes. Additional information.

Evaluating Student Competency Workshop--
April 19-20, June 26-27 & Sept. 27-28, 2013
This 2-day workshop is designed to assist instructors in appropriately evaluating students in all domains as well as complying with CAAHEP accreditation Standards related to student evaluation. This workshop has an online pre-course component that is approximately 4 hours in length. For this session, it is advised that participants have access to the NAEMSE Textbook, Foundations of Education: An EMS Approach 2nd edition (available for purchase from NAEMSE; $60 plus tax, s&h. To order the text book contact NAEMSE at 412-343-4775). Additional information.

EMS Leaders Bring EMS Community Up to Date on Accreditation Initiative

EMS Executive Directors from NASEMSO, CoAEMSP and NREMT gave a state-of-the-state accreditation initiative update in a webinar on February 25, 2013.

NASEMSO Executive Director Dia Gainor, CoAEMSP Executive Director George Hatch, and NREMT Executive Director Bill Brown brought listeners up to date on the initiative status and answered questions about accreditation. The webinar was attended by dozens of participants.

Bill Brown reviewed the history and rationale of the accreditation initiative. George Hatch gave the current status of programs that were accredited or in the process of becoming accredited, including illustrating the number of accredited programs and programs possessing a Letter of Review in each state. Dia Gainor gave the position of state officials by focusing on the Resolution on National EMS Certification & Program Accreditation put forth in 2010.

Slides from the webinar can be viewed  here,
Atlanta Accreditation Workshop was "Valuable", "Excellent", & "Helpful"

The CAAHEP Accreditation Update & Evaluating Student Competency Workshops held in Atlanta were attended by a total of 71 participants, with 45 attending both workshops. 100% of those responding to the evaluation said they would recommend the Accreditation Workshop to a colleague, and 95% said they would recommend the Evaluating Student Competency workshop.

Additional workshops are being held throughout 2013; see the related article in this eUpdate and plan to attend one if you haven't already!

Read evaluation comments
By the Numbers:
12 Additional Programs Become Accredited, 21 Awarded LoRs* in Past Month


*CoAEMSP Letter of Review is NOT a CAAHEP accreditation status, it is a status granted by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) signifying that a program seeking initial accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the accreditation Standards through the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation. Letter of Review is recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for eligibility to take the NREMT's Paramedic credentialing examination(s). However, it is NOT a guarantee of eventual accreditation.

Check Out our Updated Website!

We wanted to make our website easier for you to use, so we've been busy reviewing and revamping nearly every page.

You'll find new menu choices, drop-down menus and additional content. We've also added a 'Search' option in the bottom left gray menu bar. This feature will help you find what you need even faster than before.

If you see something we've overlooked, or have suggestions, just drop us an email. In the meantime, check out our new and improved website.

Note! The first couple of times you go to the website, you may need to right click on your browser tab and then click 'Reload Tab.'

Make Plans to Attend!
CoAEMSP is Attending the 2013
NAEMSE Symposium!

Make plans to attend the 2013 NAEMSE Symposium and Trade Show August 5-10, 2013 in Washington, DC at the Omni Shoreham. The CoAEMSP will be exhibiting and facilitating sessions. Look for more details soon.

Visit the NAEMSE Symposium website.
Meet Board Member
Barbara Sellers

Barbara is the Chief's Aide at Shreveport Fire Department in Shreveport, Louisiana, where she began her career as a firefighter/EMT in 1990.

Barbara holds certification from the EMS Supervisor Development Program, Training Logic, Inc.; is a designated IPMBA Police Cyclist; and has held Paramedic certification since 2006.

Barbara was the first female principal officer for the Shreveport Firefighters Association Local 514, serving as Vice President, and is now President-Elect. She also serves on the IAFF-EMS Standing Committee 14th District, and was former Chairman of the Joint Labor/Management Human Relations Committee.

Barbara has received the Fire Chief's Merit Award, Clinical Save Award, and was named Fire Captain of the Year in 2007.

She is a member of professional organizations including Professional Fire Fighters Association of Louisiana, Shreveport Firefighters Associations, International Police/EMS Mountain Bike Association, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, and American Council on Exercise.

Barbara represents the International Association of Fire Fighters, along with Manuel Chavez on the CoAEMSP Board.
Meet Site Visitor
Bryan Ericson, M.Ed 
Ericson New

Bryan has 18 years of experience teaching EMS and is currently an Associate Professor of Emergency Medical Services at Tarrant County College in Hurst Texas.

Bryan also has over 25 years of experience as a Paramedic and Registered Nurse. He has developed a reputation for being innovative and entertaining as a national and international speaker.  He is passionate about the advancement of patient care through the use of innovative and effective educational practices. 

Bryan's career in health care began with the US Army as a Combat Medical Specialist in 1987. Upon his return to civilian life, he built upon this experience, becoming a Paramedic and Registered Nurse--titles he still holds. Bryan's clinical specialty experience includes Prehospital Emergency Medicine, OB/GYN, intensive care, and mental health. 

Since 1995, Bryan has taught a variety of technical and educational topics to high school students, EMT's, paramedics, nurses, medical students, and educators in several disciplines.

Over the past eight years Bryan has made numerous presentations at conferences and seminars. He has delivered clinical and leadership lectures throughout the United States; provided leadership and mentoring in Hyderabad, India; and provided leadership and mentoring in Emergency Nursing in Manila, Philippines.
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Jennifer S. Anderson Warwick, MA