CAAHEP accreditation processes with its Committees on Accreditation, including the
Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical
Services Professions (CoAEMSP), verify that educational programs meet minimum
standards and continuously engage in ongoing quality improvement. Accreditation
allows program flexibility and innovation while requiring programs to meet
performance thresholds and publish these results for the public to view.
Research on the value of accreditation on graduate outcomes in the health professions verifies that a positive effect exists between programmatic accreditation and student success (Anderson et al., 2018; van Zanten, 2015). Within the Emergency Medical Services literature, a recent study evaluating the effect of accreditation on paramedic graduate outcomes found that first-attempt and cumulative pass rates on the NREMT exam were significantly higher for graduates of accredited programs (Rodriquez et al., 2018). Accreditation protects students, as they can be assured that attending an accredited program meets the requirements for employment and that accreditation is associated with success in their professional careers. Similarly, and importantly, accreditation protects the public by confirming that graduates of accredited programs have the requisite skills and knowledge to provide quality patient care.
CAAHEP, CoAEMSP, and its Sponsors (listed below) have worked collaboratively for 28 years to maintain the Standards and Guidelines for EMS educational programs, incorporating changing national practice standards and knowledge requirements. The CAAHEP Board of Directors encourages all interested parties to voice their concern to the NREMT and express their support for quality assurance through CAAHEP accreditation. Please submit your comments by August 17th.
About the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is a non-profit programmatic postsecondary accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CAAHEP carries out its accrediting activities in cooperation with 25 review Committees on Accreditation, including the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). In service to its stakeholders and the public, CAAHEP’s mission is to provide value by setting standards for quality assurance in health professions education.
CAAHEP Sponsors that endorse its Standards and Guidelines for Educational Programs in the Emergency Medical Services Professions include:
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Ambulance Association
American College of Cardiology
American College of Emergency Physicians
American College of Surgeons
American Society of Anesthesiologists
International Association of Fire Chiefs
International Association of Fire Fighters
National Association of Emergency Medical Services Educators
National Association of Emergency Medical Services Physicians
National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians
National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
Anderson, M. M. & Garman, A. N. (2018). Preparing future healthcare leaders through graduate education: Impact of program accreditation on quality improvement. Journal of Allied Health, 47(2), 121-125. https://www.proquest.com/scholarly-journals/preparing-future-healthcare-leaders-through/docview/2054133683/se-2?accountid=12154
Rodriguez, S., Crowe, R. P., Cash, R. E., Broussard, A., & Panchal, A. R. (2018). Graduates from accredited paramedic programs have higher pass rates on a national certification examination. Journal of Allied Health, 47(4), 250-254.
van Zanten, M. (2015). The association between medical education accreditation and the examination performance of internationally educated physicians seeking certification in the United States. Perspectives on Medical Education, 4(3), 142-145.