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

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Office Closed in Observance of Presidents Day

Accreditation Update & Evaluating Student Competency Workshops, Dallas

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

Accreditation Update & Evaluating Student Competency Workshops, Chicago
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CAAHEP Approves New Standard - V.A.4. Fair Practices

The CAAHEP Board made an immediate change that has been made to all CAAHEP Standards. Due to mandatory requirements by CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation) to increase accreditation transparency and public disclosure, the CAAHEP Board recently approved a change to the Standards Template and has been incorporated into ALL sets of CAAHEP Standards. The change is located in section V. Fair Practices, A.4. These new Standards have been posted to the CAAHEP website.

The CoAEMSP has been asked to develop a policy that specifies which of the outcome(s) it wants to require its programs to publish. Whether this will be certification pass rates, job placement rates, or other outcomes, the CoAEMSP will require what is most appropriate for its programs.

The announcement was made by the CAAHEP Board during the annual CAAHEP Leadership Conference, which was held January 17-18, in Orlando. The CoAEMSP wanted to notify all of its communities of interest immediately. The next step is for the CoAEMSP to draft the policy, then notify the community. Stay tuned for more information in February.
SPR Working Documents Now Available to Assist in Gathering Data

To make it easier to gather the data you need before completing the online tool for your SPR, working documents have been developed and are now available.

SPRs are completed in the online SurveyMonkey tool. You have the ability to go back to previous pages in the survey and update existing responses until the survey is finished or until you have exited the survey. After submitting the survey, however, you will not be able to update existing responses. Therefore, you are encouraged to gather your data before starting the online tool, using the documents found in the links below.

SPR Positive Placement Working Document

Complete information about SPRs can be found here.
All Programs MUST Update Their Accounting Records
Staff Contact: Ruth Crump | ruth@coaemsp.org or  214-703-8445, x116
Please note the following changes to our organization in your accounting records effective January 1, 2015:
Name change from Joint Review Committee on Education Programs for the EMT-Paramedic, Inc. dba Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions to Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions. 
Federal ID number has changed from 22-2599816 to 30-0807524
If your Program pays by ACH or Direct Deposit, our Banking information has changed! Please contact ruth@coaemsp.org and we will provide the new Routing number and Account number on request.  Any ACH made after 2/28/15 to the old account will be returned to you by our former bank, payment to the CoAEMSP will be delayed, and may cause you to incur Additional Processing Fees if not processed by the due date. The CoAEMSP will not have any way of knowing if our former bank has returned a payment to you--timely payment is your responsibility!
Please contact Ruth at ruth@coaemsp.org with any questions regarding this change.
Standards Revision Update

CURRENT STATUS: The Public Comment period ended December 31, 2014, resulting in 115 comments. The Standards Revision Subcommittee of the CoAEMSP is reviewing the comments and will report to the CoAEMSP Board any suggestions from the communities of interest that were not incorporated into the proposed Standards and Guidelines, and the rationale for that exclusion during its February 6-7, 2015 meeting.

NEXT STEPS: Seek endorsement from all of the 14 sponsoring organizations of the CoAEMSP, then the CoAEMSP will submit the completed "Request for a CAAHEP Open Hearing on Proposed Standards and Guidelines" form, along with the endorsement letters from each Sponsoring organization to the CAAHEP office. CAAHEP will schedule a public Open Hearing on the proposed Standards and Guidelines.

Get complete updates here.
CAAHEP Announces Fee Increase

During its November 21 meeting, the CAAHEP Board of Directors approved an increase in its institutional fee effective July 2016. The fee will be raised from $450 per year to $550 per year. This is the fee paid by every institution that sponsors one or more CAAHEP-accredited programs.

"CAAHEP has worked hard to keep our expenses down and avoid a fee increase to our sponsoring institution." said Thomas Skalko, PhD, LRT/CTRS, CAAHEP President. "It has been more than 15 years since the last time CAAHEP raised its institutional fee. The Board was extremely conscientious to keep the increase to the minimum necessary to continue to provide accreditation services to our accredited programs."

Kathleen Megivern, JD, CAE, Executive Director, said, "The increase in institutional fees will not take place until July 1, 2016, so that our sponsoring institutions will have adequate time to budget for the increase no matter when their fiscal year begins. Programs and institutions will receive notices throughout the coming year as reminders to prepare for the new fee structure."

Any sponsoring institution or CAAHEP accredited program with questions on the new institutional fee should contact the CAAHEP office for assistance.
EMS World Article
Are Paramedic Program Educators Overworked and Underresourced?
by Remle P. Crowe BS, NREMT

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

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.

More information.

Evaluating Student Competency Workshop-March 6-7

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).

More information. 
$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
By the Numbers

Save the Date!
20th Annual NAEMSE Educator Symposium
& Trade Show

August 4-9, 2015, Omni Nashville, TN

20 Years of Inspiring and Promoting EMS Education is the theme for the 2015 NAEMSE Educator Symposium & Trade Show. Plans are in the making for the biggest and grandest event ever! 
Registration opens March 1. More information will be available here
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