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

In This Issue
Office Closings
Submit Comments to Proposed Annotated CAAHEP Standards
Annual Reports Due Dec 31 for CAAHEP Accredited Programs
Register Now for March Update & Workshop
$1,400 Annual Fee Effective July 2015
What Do We Need to Talk About in 2015?
Do You Need to Submit a Standardized Progress Report?
By the Numbers
Accredited & LoR Programs: Year in Review



Merry Christmas! Office Closed

Public Comment Period Ends
for Proposed Standards

Annual Reports Due for CAAHEP Accredited Programs


Happy New Year!
Office Closed

Accreditation Update & Evaluating Student Competency Workshops, Dallas

Accreditation Update & Evaluating Student Competency Workshops, Nashville (NAEMSE Annual Symposium)

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

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Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! 
Holiday Office Closings

CoAEMSP offices will be closed December 24, 25 and January 1 in observance of seasonal holidays. We wish you and your family a wonderful and safe celebration! The office will be opened December 22 - January 2; however, staff availability will be limited.
Last Chance to Comment is Dec 31!
Submit Comments to Proposed Annotated CAAHEP Standards

Comments are being solicited from the EMS community for the "Proposed Annotated CAAHEP Standards for EMSP" through an online survey and listening sessions.

Organizations receiving this announcement are encouraged to notify their constituents of the opportunity for public comment. Public comments intended for consideration by the CoAEMSP must be received no later than December 31, 2014.

DOWNLOAD the "Proposed Annotated CAAHEP Standards for EMSP" document.

Comments are being accepted via an online survey available here.
Comments sent by U.S. Mail, email, and faxes are NOT accepted.
The CoAEMSP is responsible for developing and periodically revising the CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines in order to maintain: a) compliance with CAAHEP policy, including the Standards Template; and b) congruence between the educational preparation of students and the accepted state of practice for the discipline.
CAAHEP Accredited Programs! Have Your Heard?
Annual Reports Are Due December 31

WHAT? You've been living under a rock? You haven't checked your email or phone in the past several MONTHS? You didn't receive the email sent by Lynn in November? You didn't realize your annual report was due at the end of THIS month? Yikes!

Get ALL the information and resources you need to submit your Annual Report HERE.

If you still need help, contact Lynn: lynn@coaemsp.org. You only have a few days left to submit it before the deadline!
First 2015 Session Announced
CAAHEP Accreditation Update & Evaluating Student Competency Workshops

March 5-7, 2015

Embassy Suites / Galleria 14021 Noel Rd.
Dallas, TX 75204

Register online at the NAEMSE website
 Registration Handout

Accreditation Workshop-March 5

FACULTY: Deb Cason, MS, RN, EMT-P, Program Director, UT Southwestern, Member of the CoAEMSP Board of Directors, Dallas, TX; and George W. Hatch, EdD, EMT-P, LP, Executive Director, CoAEMSP, Rowlett, TX.

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. The following will be addressed:
  • Accreditation Process Overview
  • Standards Interpretations--Sponsorship, Goals & Objectives, Resources, Student Evaluation & Fair Practices
  • Annual Reports
  • Findings Letters & Progress Reports
  • Site Visits
  • Deal Breakers & Other Stumbling Blocks
  • Resources
Evaluating Student Competency Workshop-March 6-7

COURSE COORDINATOR: David Page, MS, NREMT-P, Emergency Health Services Faculty, Inver Hills Community College, Inver Grove Heights, MN. FACULTY INCLUDE some or all of the following: Deb Cason, MS, RN, EMT-P, Program Director, UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX; Dennis Edgerly, BS, EMT-P, Paramedic Education Coordinator, HealthONE EMS, Denver, CO; Paul Rosenberger, EdD, NREMT-P, Assistant Program Director, UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX; Michael Miller, EdD, RN, NR-P, Assistant Professor and EMS Program Director, Creighton University, Omaha, NE.

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; $75 includes tax, s&h (except international address). To order the text book contact NAEMSE at 412-343-4775, or use the registration form or online form). 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
  • Developing a Portfolio Competency Package
  • Affective Evaluation
  • Simulations & Scenario Oral Evaluation

*Please note we have found it necessary to increase the Non-member cost of the update and workshops by $10: Non-member 3-day combo is now $460; 1-day Accreditation Update is now $310; 2-day Evaluation is now $410. 



August 4-9, Nashville
NAEMSE Annual Symposium

December 3-5, 2015, Chicago

Make plans now to attend one of these workshops! More information coming soon!
$1,400 Annual Fee Effective July 2015

The annual accreditation fee will increase by $200 effective July 2015. The $200 increase allows for improvements to be made for increased efficiency, service, and tools to make the accreditation process easier for programs. Improved and extended services include:
  • Dedicated executive staff for site visits to expedite the accreditation process
  • Additional staff to handle operations for the significant increase in CAAHEP accredited programs
  • Increased responsiveness, service, and efficiency
  • New site visit management tools and other technological improvements to help Program Directors manage site visits and other accreditation tasks online
What Do We Need to Talk About in 2015?

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 2015 eUpdates or offered in a webinar.

Send a quick email to jennifer@coaemsp.org with your suggestions. Thank you in advance!
Do You Need to Submit a Standardized Progress Report?

When you complete the 2014 annual report, if you do not meet one of the targeted thresholds in the Threshold Report Summary, you will be required to submit the Standardized Progress Report (SPR) Form for the threshold not met.

Consistent with CAAHEP/CoAEMSP's outcomes oriented approach to accreditation, all accredited programs annually submit an Annual Report (AR) that includes program information, results of the outcomes assessments specified in CAAHEP Standard IV.B.1 and the programs' analyses and action plans to address any sub-threshold results in those outcomes.

Each year the CoAEMSP reviews each AR and initiates an accreditation dialogue commensurate with the results of the outcomes assessments. As part of that review for each of the outcomes, the CoAEMSP is evaluating Thresholds, which are numerical values against which programs' outcomes results are compared.

For 2014, CoAEMSP reviews the 3-year average of outcomes results for graduates in 2013, 2012, and 2011. In case of sub-threshold performance (number, severity, and duration), in addition to the program's required detailed analysis and action plan, the CoAEMSP is requiring a Standardized Progress Report (SPR) (more detailed analysis and action plan) as part of the accreditation dialogue. For 2014, the CoAEMSP will focus on the threshold for:

*    NREMT/State Written Examination Success
*    Retention
*    Positive Placement

The required/applicable SPR should be completed for EACH Threshold not met.  It will be due by March 1, 2015.

More information is available here. Access the SPR's here:

Standardized Progress Report (SPR) Form
Written Exam due March 1, 2015

Standardized Progress Report (SPR) Form
Retention due March 1, 2015

Standardized Progress Report (SPR) Form
Positive Placement due March 1, 2015
By the Numbers

Accredited & LoR Programs: Year in Review

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