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



JANUARY 1, 2013
Accreditation Initiative goes into effect

CAAHEP Board of Directors Meeting

CoAEMSP Board of Directors Meeting

1 pm Central

CoAEMSP & NAEMSE Workshop: CAAHEP Accreditation Update & Student Evaluations

CAAHEP Board of Directors Meeting

APRIL 14-15
CAAHEP Annual Meeting

MAY 17
1 pm Central

1 pm Central

1 pm Central

News from the CoAEMSP 

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20 Days and Counting:
It's Crunch Time at the CoAEMSP Offices

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With implementation of the accreditation initiative just days away, the staff has been working non-stop to review the LSSR/ISSRs submitted by paramedic education programs seeking accreditation.

To process as many LSSR/ISSRs  as possible, a "Fast Track" LoR procedure has been implemented in which Executive Director George Hatch reviews a program's core content first, then writes and sends the Executive Analysis to the program at a later date. Typically, staff would handle no more than 3 or 4 in a week, but George is reviewing 6 or 7 a day. Once documents are reviewed by the Executive Director, they are then immediately sent to the CoAEMSP Chairman Doug York, who reviews the materials and signs off on them within 24 hours or less. Read more.

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By the Numbers:
Accredited Programs, Programs with LoRs Soar in the Final Days

The CoAEMSP is pleased to announce the most recent number of accredited programs and those holding a Letter of Review (LoR):

333 - CAAHEP accredited programs

83 - CoAEMSP Letters of Review (this number changes daily, since staff is attempting to review as many as 6-7 applications a day).


CAAHEP Accreditation Update
& Student Evaluations

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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. These sessions will address: 

  • 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. These sessions will address:  

  • 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

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What Do We Need to Talk About in 2013?
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!


Meet Board Member
Patricia Tritt, RN, MA
Pat Tritt
Pat has been the Director of EMS and Trauma at HealthONE in Englewood, Colorado since 1980. Prior to that position she was a Paramedic Field Coordinator, and Emergency Department Charge Nurse.

Pat additionally holds many professional affiliations and serves in numerous capacities. She is a faculty member and Regional Liaison for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and has served on its Quality Improvement Committee since 2009. She has been Program Coordinator for the Mayflower Crisis Support Team since 1985, and Coordinator for the Colorado Crisis Support Network since 1988. Pat is State Coordinator and National Faculty Member for the Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support Course. She is a  Member of the Consortium Arapahoe Community College and HealthONE Paramedic Education Program, and is a site evaluator for the CoAEMSP. Read more.

Meet Site Visitor
Marjorie Bowers, EdD
Marjorie Bowers
Marjorie has been an educational consultant (Dr. Marjorie Bowers, Consulting, LLC), as well as Adjunct Faculty, EMS Department for Indian River State College, Fort Pierce, Florida, both since 2009. She has also been a Flight Nurse, Paramedic, and Emergency Department Head Nurse.

Since 2006, Marjorie has been an instructor of Pediatric Education for the Prehospital Provider; is an Advanced Cardiac Life Support instructor; holds Paramedic Certification; and is a Registered Nurse. Read more.
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Jennifer S. Anderson Warwick, MA