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



State-of-the-State Accreditation Initiative Webinar

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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Accreditation Initiative Update

Monday, February 25, 2013 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Hear NASEMSO Executive Director Dia Gainor, CoAEMSP Executive Director George Hatch, and NREMT Executive Director Bill Brown bring you up to date on the initiative status and answer your questions.


CoAEMSP Staff is Handling the Influx of Work!

The paper stack staff at CoAEMSP is working diligently to manage the increased number of programs. A year ago the CoAEMSP was managing around 350 programs. Today it is managing 600+ programs while maintaining the same number of staff!

Navigating through the accreditation process can be an apprehensive experience for many; however, we want you to know that staff and the Board are giving each program the attention it deserves.

By the Numbers
Accreditation Chart
The chart above illustrates the number of Paramedic Programs that have been accredited or hold a Letter of Review as of February 15, 2013. It does not include the Programs in the system that are On Hold, bringing the total to over 600.
CoAEMSP & NAEMSE Co-Sponsor Workshops
New Dates!
CoAEMSP/CAAHEP Accreditation 
Update & Evaluating Student Competency Workshops 
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April 18-20, 2013

Location TBD

Two value-packed, educational workshops well worth your time and the registration cost!

CoAEMSP/CAAHEP Accreditation Update    

Deb Cason, MS, RN, EMT-P, Program Director, UT Southwestern, and Member of the CoAEMSP Board of Directors, Dallas, TX

George W. Hatch, EdD, EMT-P, LP, Executive Director, CoAEMSP, Rowlett, TX

Evaluating Student Competency
David Page, MS, NREMT-P, Emergency Medical Services Department, Inver Hills Community College, St. Paul, MN

Deb Cason, MS, RN, EMT-P, Program Director, UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX

Dennis Edgerly, BS, EMT-P, Paramedic Education Coordinator, HealthONE EMS, Denver, CO

Michael Miller, MS, BS EMS, RN, NREMT-P, Assistant Professor and Associate EMS Program Director, Creighton University, Omaha, NE

Congratulations to Programs Receiving CAAHEP Accreditation

The following programs achieved CAAHEP accreditation at either the November 17, 2012, or January 24, 2013, CAAHEP Board of Directors meeting.

All-State Career School, Essington, PA
Amarillo College, Amarillo, TX
Atlanta Technical College, Atlanta, GA
Cecil College, Elkton, MD
Central Oregon Community College, Bend, OR
Darton College, Albany GA
Glendale Community College, Glendale, AZ
Historic Triangle EMS Institute, Williamsburg, VA
Malcolm X College, Chicago, IL
Prince George's Community College, Largo, MD
Rolla Technical Center, Rolla, MO
Sanford Brown College-Fenton, Fenton, MO
Trinity Valley Community College, Palestine, TX

Arkansas State University-Beebe, Beebe, AR
Brookhaven College, Farmers Branch, TX
Broward College, Ft Lauderdale, FL
Century College, White Bear Lake, MN
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA
Garden City Community College, Garden City, KS
H. Council Trenholm State Technical College, Montgomery, AL
Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington, Bloomington, IN
Ivy Tech Community College-Ft. Wayne, Ft Wayne, IN
Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI
National College of Technical Instruction- Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
National College of Technical Instruction-Bay Area(Livermore), Livermore, CA
Northwest Arkansas Community College, Bentonville, AR
St Cloud Technical and Community College, St Cloud, MN
St. Vincent's Indianapolis Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
University of Arkansas Community College At Hope, Hope, AR
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

Tracking Patient Encounters Tracking Tools
Last month we announced the availability of tracking tools and the advisory committee template. Unfortunately, the files were unable to be downloaded by some people. The good news is that the problem has been resolved. Thank you for your patience.



CECBEMS to Provide a Streamlined Accreditation Process

CECBEMS plans to provide a simplified and abbreviated initial CECBEMS accreditation process for CE providers that already have CAAHEP (CoAEMSP) accreditation for their initial paramedic education program.

CECBEMS made this decision due to the fact that many initial paramedic educational programs also offer continuing education or may wish to do so.


More information

Letter to CAAHEP-accredited programs   

Survey Results: What Newly-Accredited Programs are Saying About the Accreditation Process

Survey Just like programs evaluate students, CAAHEP evaluates the accreditation process, which reflects upon the CoAEMSP. The results from the accreditation process assessment (APA) are used to improve the accreditation process, educate the program directors, and provide topics for future site visitor training.

Once your program has been awarded CAAHEP accreditation, you will receive a request from CAAHEP to complete this survey to evaluate the accreditation process. Please help us by completing the survey--we DO read them and make changes based on your input! Read some of the suggestions and our responses...

2012 Annual Reports

THANK YOU to all of the accredited programs that submitted their 2012 Annual Reports this past December.  You had a 100% submission rate. Job well done!

The CoAEMSP has completed its review of the 2012 Annual Reports and you will find a letter in your email inbox by March 1st.  The focus of the review for the 2012 Annual Report was the National Registry or State "written" examination for Paramedics. The established threshold for this outcome is 70% and a detailed analysis and action plan was required on the annual report for programs falling below this threshold. Read more...
CoAEMSP Board Meeting Highlights
Board Meeting

The CoAEMSP Board and staff met February 1-2 in Dallas. Highlights from the meeting include:
  • Reviewing 51 programs for initial accreditation, continuing accreditation, and progress reports
  • Approving new mission and vision statements, core values/guiding principles, and goals
  • Clarifying the CoAEMSP's recommendation on airway management. The clarification will be made available to everyone in March. Stay tuned for more details.
Read more...
Thank You Site Visitors!
In 2012, the CoAEMSP conducted 84 site visits, including 51 for initial accreditation and 33 for continuing accreditation. The site visits are possible due to the phenomenal cadre of dedicated VOLUNTEER site visitors. Thank you to those who represented the CoAEMSP and CAAHEP:
Andrew Stern
Bill Drees
Bridgette Svancarek
Charles Morton
Dan Layne
David Bowden
Deb Cason
Derek Parker
Frank Mineo
Jackilyn Cypher
Jeff McDonald
John Karduck
Leaugeay Barnes
Marjorie Bowers
Mark Trueman
Mike McLaughlin
Patricia Tritt
Robert Henderson
Seth Izenberg
Steve Karl
Suzann Schmidt
Walt Stoy
Art Hsieh
Bradley Dean
Bryan Ericson
Chris Caulkins
Daniel Benard
David Hunt
Denise Wilfong
Doug York
Gina Riggs
Jeff Beeson
John Brown
Karen Pickard
Linda Anderson
Mark Branon
Mark Turner
Mike Miller
Paul Berlin
Sandra Hartley
Shari Turner
Steve Kolar
Theresa DeVito

Azeem Ahmed
Brian Hendrickson
Carol Ferguson
Chy Miller
David Becker
David Page
Dennis Parker
Eric Allmon
Gregg Lander
Jeff Grunow
John Cook
Lauren Welch
Marie Gospodareck
Mark Simpson
Mike Buldra
Patricia Rand
Rick Foehr
Scott Jones
Sherry Clark
Steve Moyers
Thomas Platt

Meet Board Member
Gregory Frailey, DO, FACOEP


Greg has been the Medical Director of Prehospital Services for Susquehanna Health in Williamsport, Pennsylvania since 1998. His duties include Medical Command Facility Director, Medical Director-Prehospital Services, Medical Director-Multiple BLS/First Responder Agencies in Lycoming and Sullivan Counties, Medical Specialist-Rescue Task Force, Tactical Physician, and Williamsport Bureau of Police-Special Response Team. Prior to that, Greg was Medical Director of Ambulatory Care Services for the Susquehanna Health System.

In addition, Greg has been the Regional Medical Director for Lycoming Tioga Sullivan EMS Council since 2004, and Medical Director of Susquehanna Health Prehospital Services in Williamsport, Pennsylvania since 1992. Greg has also served on the Board of Managers for The Williamsport Hospital & Medical Center since 1996. He began his career in EMS as an Emergency Medical Technician in 1976.

Additional affiliations include American Osteopathic Association; Aerospace Medical Association; Society of US Naval Flight Surgeons; and American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians, EMS Committee and Education Committee, among others.

Greg served as a Squadron Flight Surgeon for the US Navy from 1986-1988 and for the US Naval Reserve from 1988-1992. He was recalled to Active Duty for the US Navy in 1990 in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm as a Squadron Flight Surgeon, being deployed to Evenes, Norway.

Awards and honors Greg has received include the Kline A. DeWire Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award, LTS EMS Council; Emergency Physician of the Year, Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council; EMS Physician of the Year, Lycoming/Tioga/Sullian EMS Council; Operational Flight Surgeon of the Year, US Naval Reserve; and  the National Defense Service Medal - Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Order of the "Blue Nose".  In 2001, Greg  was promoted to Captain in the US Naval Reserve, and upon retirement in 2005 from the US Naval Reserve, he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

Greg represents the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) on the CoAEMSP Board along with Joe Nelson, DO.

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Jennifer S. Anderson Warwick, MA