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



CAAHEP Board of Directors Meeting

CoAEMSP Board of Directors Meeting

1 pm Central
Webinar, Topic TBD

March 2
CoAEMSP & NAEMSE Workshops: CoAEMSP/CAAHEP Accreditation Update & Evaluating Student Competency, Atlanta

Progress Reports & Response to Site Visit Findings Letters due

CAAHEP Board of Directors Meeting, teleconference

APRIL 14-15
Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC

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

MAY 17
1 pm Central
Webinar, Topic TBD

News from the CoAEMSP 

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New Resources Available!

Tracking Patient Encounters Tracking Tools
Tracking patient encounters is an essential factor for accredited Paramedic programs. Read more...

Advisory Committee Agenda and Checklist
CoAEMSP has developed an Advisory Committee Agenda and Checklist form that programs can use for their Advisory Committee meetings. Read more...

CoAEMSP/CAAHEP Accreditation Update &
Evaluating Student Competencies
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February 28-March 2, 2013
Embassy Suites Atlanta-Airport
4700 Southport Rd.,
College Park, GA 30337


Accreditation Workshop-Thurs., February 28, 8am - 5pm 
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 CAAHEP Standards changes. The following will be addressed:
  • 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
Evaluating Student Competency Workshop-Fri., March 1, 8am - 5pm & Sat., March 2, 8am - 3pm
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). The following will be addressed:
  • 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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Workshops also to be offered April 18-20, Location TBD!  

By the Numbers:
Accredited Programs, Programs with LoRs Continue to Increase!

accred chart

The chart above illustrates the number of Paramedic Programs in the CoAEMSP/CAAHEP system as of January 21, 2013.


The map above shows the distribution across the United States of almost 600 programs that are in the CoAEMSP/CAAHEP system (as of January 21, 2013.)
Gold marker
 CAAHEP Accredited Paramedic Programs = 330

Blue marker CoAEMSP Letter of Review Programs = 205 (that's a 246% increase in one month!)

Note: Another 52 are On Hold. Not shown on this map: 1 program in Hawaii holds the CoAEMSP LoR and 1 program in Alaska holds CAAHEP accreditation.

Ten Times the Typical Number of Self Study Reports Were Received in December!

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For three-and-a-half days the CoAEMSP Executive Committee, staff, accountant, and CAAHEP personnel were sequestered in a hotel to review the remaining Letter of Review Self Study Reports (LSSRs) and Initial-Accreditation Self Study Reports (ISSRs).

Read more and see additional photos...
Important to Know:
LoR Programs & the 2012
CoAEMSP/CAAHEP Annual Report
Are you a program holding the CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) with a letter stating the 2012 Annual Report will be due by March 1, 2013? If so, you will be notified soon with a username, password, and specific instructions regarding the information to be submitted in the Annual Report--provided that your program remains in the LoR status (which is not an accreditation status).

The purpose of requiring the Annual Report prior to accreditation is to help you become familiar with the reporting tool itself and the type of information that will be required annually.  Programs that are not accredited will not be reporting enrollment/retention data or outcomes (e.g. State or Registry exam results, Graduate or Employer survey results, Retention, or Job Placement).  The report will mainly focus on personnel, listing affiliated/satellite sites, and program demographics.

Please review the detailed Annual Report instructions posted here. Printing out these instructions will be beneficial as a resource in preparation of actually submitting the report and a tool when actually preparing the report. The time required to complete the Annual Report for an LoR program is minimal.

Lynn Caruthers is always available to assist with questions regarding this report. Email or call her at 214.703.8445, ext 115 and stay tuned!

The New Normal

The new normal has arrived! The CoAEMSP is managing almost 600 programs and ALL Paramedic programs that are preparing students to sit for the NREMT Paramedic examinations MUST hold the CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) or CAAHEP accreditation.

The EMS community has come together to support and advance the EMS Education Agenda for the Future by implementing the initiative to require only graduates of CAAHEP accredited programs to sit for the NREMT Paramedic examinations. It was a fight for many, but we have exceeded the goal!  Several insiders never thought this would happen; and we are glad to prove them wrong!

So, what is the new normal? It is the Letter of Review (LoR) process, which affects EVERY NEW PROGRAM! Regardless of the status of a new program, one thing is for sure -  to protect its students and give them the option to sit for the NREMT Paramedic examinations, programs must seek accreditation.

Meet Board Member
Joseph Layon, MD, FACP
Joseph is presently the Director of Critical Care Medicine for the Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA. He is also a physician with the National Disaster Medical System, Medical Specialty Emergency Team for the US Department of Health and Human Services. He has held both positions since 2001. The Geisinger Health System is recognized as one of the top ten innovative healthcare delivery systems in the USA.
Meet Site Visitor
Walt Stoy, PhD, EMT-P
Walt is currently a Professor and Director of the Emergency Medicine Program at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is developing distance education methods for the undergraduate degree.

From 2006 to 2010 he was the Executive Administrative Director of the HMC/UPMC Emergency Medicine Enhancement Project with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) in Doha, Qatar.

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Jennifer S. Anderson Warwick, MA