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



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

Annual Fee due

CoAEMSP Office Closed

CoAEMSP Board of Directors Meeting, Bloomington, MN

NAEMSE Annual Symposium,
Washington, DC

CoAEMSP & NAEMSE Workshops: CAAHEP Accreditation Update & Evaluating Student Competency, Chicago
News from the CoAEMSP 

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JUNE 2013
Invoices Mailed May 6 
Annual Fees Due July 1
On May 6 invoices for the 2013-2014 annual fee were emailed to programs that are CAAHEP accredited, hold the CoAEMSP Letter of Review, or are in the process of seeking accreditation. The annual fee of $1200 is due July 1, and is considered late if not received by July 31. Programs that have not paid the fee by the due date are subject to a late processing fee of ten percent (10%) of the overdue accreditation fee amount.

The invoice was emailed to the program director unless the program informed the CoAEMSP otherwise.
Effective July 1, 2014, programs with satellite campuses will be assessed an additional $500 per satellite campus per year.  
New Process for Completing Student Evaluation SSR Questionnaire 

Programs preparing a self study report for becoming accredited (ISSR) or for reaccreditation (CSSR) must survey both faculty and students. The process for surveying students, however, has recently changed.

The Student Evaluation SSR Questionnaire is now conducted using SurveyMonkey.

To access this survey, please 1) email Karen Franks (karen@coaemsp.org) to request the link to the Student Evaluation SSR Questionnaire and 2) include your name, title, and the institution's name in your email.
Moving from the LoR to Initial Accreditation

If you currently hold the CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR), you will submit a complete Initial-Accreditation Self Study Report (ISSR) 6 months after the graduation of the first class of students after receiving the LoR, along with a second self study report evaluation fee of $500 and the site visit flat fee of $2700 (see Fees page for exceptions to the flat site visit fee). You will receive a formal notification from the CoAEMSP at least 6 months prior to the due date of the ISSR. Programs should not send in the ISSR prior to the CoAEMSP's request, as this will slow down the process. The process for initial accreditation will be similar to that which programs go through seeking continuing accreditation. 

If the complete ISSR is not satisfactory, then the program will have 30 days after receipt of the Executive Analysis to provide additional information to address the deficiencies, otherwise the LoR may be revoked.  The LoR may also be revoked if the 6 month submission deadline is not met.
Terminal Evaluation

by Patricia L. Tritt, RN, MA

Paramedic education is (or should be) competency based.  This implies frequent evaluation of each student to determine competency, both at the formative and summative stages. 

Formative assessment occurs throughout the program of study: in the classroom using cognitive instruments; in the laboratory documenting skill mastery; in the clinical arena under the supervision of preceptors; and in the field internship as the student progresses from team member to team leader.  Programs are also required to assess competency in the terminal phase of the program.  Read more...
Attend CoAEMSP Educational Sessions
at 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. Join us for CoAEMSP sessions and visit us in the Exhibit Hall, Booth #308.

Meet Board Member
Donna Tidwell, MS, RN, EMT-P

Donna Tidwell, MS, RN, EMT-P has been the State EMS Director for Tennessee since 2010. Prior to that, she was the Director of EMS Personnel Licensure and Education for Tennessee. Donna has also held positions as Assistant Professor, and Program Director, and is a Registered Nurse. As a 1st Lieutenant OR Nurse from 1987 to 1991, Donna was a training officer responsible for coordinating the training of troops during monthly drills for the Tennessee Army National Guard. She also served in Operation Desert Storm from 1990 to 1991.

Donna has an extensive history of leadership in EMS. She currently serves as President of NAEMSE, of which she is a charter member. She is also one of the national coordinators and faculty for the NAEMSE Instructor Course.

Donna represents the National Association of State EMS Officials along with Peter Taillac, MD on the CoAEMSP Board.
Last Set of Workshops this Year! 
CoAEMSP & NAEMSE Co-Sponsor Workshops
CoAEMSP/CAAHEP Accreditation
Update & Evaluating Student Competency Workshops
September 26-28, 2013


Registration will close September 11 OR when 75 people have paid in full--whichever comes first! Reserve your seat now!

Accreditation Workshop--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--
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.

By the Numbers
By the Numbers June

Accredited Programs Have Been on the Rise Since 2009

The table & chart below illustrate the steady increase in CAAHEP accredited programs since 2009, as a result of the implementation of the accreditation initiative.

DEC 2009 
242 CAAHEP Accredited Programs 
DEC 2010 
246 CAAHEP Accredited Programs 
JUNE 2011
273 CAAHEP Accredited Programs 
JUNE 2012
305 CAAHEP Accredited Programs 
JUNE 2013
353 CAAHEP Accredited Programs 
& an additional 238 LoR programs 

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Jennifer S. Anderson Warwick, MA