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



CAAHEP Board of Directors Meeting,

Annual Reports due

Progress Reports due

Response to Site Visit Findings due

JANUARY 1, 2013
Accreditation Initiative goes into effect

CAAHEP Board of Directors meeting

CoAEMSP Board of Directors meeting

CoAEMSP & NAEMSE Workshop: CAAHEP Accreditation Update & Student Evaluations

CAAHEP Board of Directors Meeting

APRIL 14-15
CAAHEP Annual Meeting

News from the CoAEMSP 

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Clarification on Airway Competency Recommendation

Confused about the recommendation the CoAEMSP published in August on airway competency? You are not alone! To further clarify its recommendation, the CoAEMSP is:
  • Conducting a webinar; details to come soon
  • Producing  FAQs to further clarify 
Remember, this is a recommendation, not a requirement. A task force made up of anesthesiologists, emergency physicians, paramedic educators, and emergency medicine researchers spent 18 months conducting surveys with program directors (accredited and non-accredited programs), reviewing the research and the literature, and vetting with EMS focused organizations to arrive at its recommendation.

Follow This Procedure When a Key Personnel Change Occurs

When there is a change in key administrative personnel (President, Dean, Program Director or Medical Director), the CoAEMSP must be notified by submitting a completed Personnel Change Form available here. When the change relates to either the Program Director or Medical Director, whether on a permanent, temporary, or acting basis, all of the following supplemental information for the replacement must be forwarded to the CoAEMSP Executive Office no later than 15 calendar days following the effective date of replacement:
  • Letter of Appointment/Acceptance
  • CV showing formal education/degrees and related experience
  • National Registry or State License
  • For the Program Director ONLY--an official sealed transcript is required and must be mailed directly to the CoAEMSP office from the institution awarding the highest degree conferred  
Failure to notify the CoAEMSP and provide all required documentation may result in recommendation for Administrative Probation.

You are encouraged to review the CoAEMSP Policies and Procedures available here. Additionally, as a reminder, no one individual may serve two key personnel positions concurrently. More information about Personnel Changes is available here.

Fees and New Request Form for Programs Submitting a LSSR or ISSR

Are you a new program preparing to submit either the Letter of Review Self Study Report (LSSR) or the Initial-Accreditation Self Study Report (ISSR)?

If yes, there is a new invoice request form for you to complete and email to Ruth Crump at ruth.crump@whitleypenn.com.

Ruth will create the invoice and email it to the program. The program must then send a copy of the invoice along with a check to the CoAEMSP Office to assure proper credit.

The invoice Request Form is available on the Fees page, and Self Study Report page as an interactive Word document.
45 Days and Counting...
January 1, 2013--What You Need to Know!

Please read this entire article for important information on:
  1. Common pitfalls that delay the accreditation process
  2. Two things to make sure you do if you are planning on submitting a LSSR or ISSR before the end of the year
  3. Two key areas that will stop your program from attaining the Letter of Review (the first step toward accreditation)
  4. Who to contact with questions
  5. What accreditation means for YOUR potential students
  6. What you can expect from the CoAEMSP staff
  7. Our request to you 
December 1 Deadline is Approaching!
Progress Reports & Response to Site Visit Findings 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 may have a Response to the Findings Letter due Dec. 1.

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

This is a friendly reminder to submit those reports on or before the deadline. Failure to submit the report may lead to a recommendation for probation or a withhold of accreditation.

2012 Annual Report Due December 1!

Support is available by email and phone: Lynn Caruthers at lynn@coaemsp.org or 214-703-8445, ext 115.

If you are a program that is CAAHEP-accredited, you have an annual report that is due December 1, 2012. If you are a program that holds the CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR), your annual report is due March 1, 2013.

Important Notes to Remember:
1.    You can log in here.
2.    Complete directions are here.
3.    Consult the Instructions on the CoAEMSP website here.

TIP FOR NEW PROGRAMS: If you were awarded accreditation in 2012, do not enter any data related to the program PRIOR to the accreditation award date; be sure to enter each cohort that started in 2012 (after accreditation received if new) even if the cohort will not graduate until 2013 or beyond.
CAAHEP Accreditation Update & Student Evaluations Workshop

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February 28-March 2, 2013
, Location to be determined

CoAEMSP and NAEMSE are co-sponsoring an opportunity not to be missed! 2 1/2 packed days (February 28-March 2, city TBD), designed to help you tackle these vital topics. Mark your calendars now and watch for additional information!

Accreditation Sessions
These sessions are 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.
  • Accreditation process overview
  • Resources
  • CSSR/ISSR Sponsorship Goals, Objectives & Resources
  • CSSR/ISSR Student evaluation & Fair Practices
  • Annual Reports
  • Findings Letters & Progress Reports
  • Site Visits
  • Standards Input
  • Deal Breakers & Other Stumbling Blocks
Student Evaluation Sessions
This 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.
  • Principles of Student Evaluation
  • Constructing an Evaluation Strategy / Case Studies
  • Written evaluation tools
  • Item analysis of written exams
  • Cut Score Determination
  • Affective Evaluation
  • Simulations & Scenario Oral Evaluation
  • Clinical / Internship Evaluation
  • Developing a Portfolio Competency Package
  • General item analysis and review of acceptable reporting 
Meet Board Member
Joe A. Nelson, DO

Joe A. Nelson, DO, MS, FACOEP, FACEP is State EMS Medical Director for the Florida Bureau of Emergency Medical Oversight Office of EMS, a position to which he was first appointed by the State Surgeon General in 2004. He has been involved in emergency medical services for over 35 years. Beginning his career in 1970 as an ambulance attendant in Lakeland, Florida, he realized his true passion for EMS.
Read more.

Meet Site Visitor
Jeffrey Grunow, NREMT-P

Jeffrey Grunow is Department Chair and Associate Professor in the Emergency Care & Rescue Department at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.  He was also employed as a forensic medical investigator, and flight nurse. He is a retired Colonel Flight Commander, having served in the Gulf War as flight nurse and CPR monitor. While serving in the military, he received numerous awards and recognitions.   Read more.
What is a Consortium Anyway?

by Patricia L. Tritt, RN, MA

Your paramedic program wants to become accredited. Or you are preparing for re- accreditation and you are reviewing the CAAHEP Standards. You ponder the sponsorship options and evaluate the topic of consortium and wonder if it applies to your program. What is a consortium anyway? For the purposes of education, a consortium is generally considered an association of two (2) or more organizations with the objective of participating in a common activity or pooling their resources to achieve a common goal. Merriam-Webster defines consortium as "an agreement, combination, or group formed to undertake an enterprise beyond the resources of any one member." The Latin root means 'partnership or association'. Read more.

What Do We Need to Talk About in 2013?

Texas Workshop As a program director seeking accreditation for the first time or a seasoned program director who is looking for more information, you can help us...and the EMS community! Let us know what tidbits, article ideas, topics and tips we should be discussing in our 2013 eUpdates. Send a quick email to jennifer@coaemsp.org with your suggestions. Thank you in advance!
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Jennifer S. Anderson Warwick, MA