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Announcing 2017 CAAHEP Accreditation Workshops
It's not too early to make plans to attend a 2017 CAAHEP Accreditation Workshop. More information coming soon!

DATE
LOCATION
January 5-6
Orlando, FL
June 15-16
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
November 30 - December 1
Austin, TX

Webinar
"CAAHEP Accreditation - From Beginning to End"

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2-3 PM Eastern

Join CAAHEP for the webinar, "CAAHEP Accreditation - From Beginning to End," on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at 2:00 PM Eastern time. This session has been created for programs just beginning the CAAHEP accreditation process, those new to accreditation, and/or those wishing to know more about CAAHEP and how the process works. The hour-long webinar is being presented by Kathryn Kuntz, a member of the CAAHEP Board, and Kathleen Megivern, CAAHEP's Executive Director, free of charge. The session will be recorded and available on the CAAHEP website for those unable to attend.

This webinar will take you through the steps of the CAAHEP Accreditation process - from beginning to end. After participating in the session, the goal is for you to know where to find your profession's Standard and Guidelines and how they are used in the accreditation process, understand how to initiate accreditation services, have a grasp of the intermediate steps of the comprehensive review process, learn the difference between initial and continuing accreditation and what is required once you become accredited by CAAHEP.  
 
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Accreditation Actions
Each profession in the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) system has a Committee on Accreditation (CoA) that consists of experts in the profession that are responsible for reviewing programs and making appropriate recommendations for accreditation to CAAHEP. CAAHEP's Board of Directors reviews recommendations received from its CoAs in each profession, assures due process was followed, and takes final action on an accreditation status.

CAAHEP's Board took the following actions at its September 16, 2016 meeting:

CONTINUING EDUCATION
Chattanooga State Community College, Chattanooga, TN
First Coast Technical College-St. Johns County School District, St. Augustine, FL
Florida SouthWestern State College, Ft Myers, FL
Ivy Tech Community College-Kokomo, Kokomo, IN
Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Roanoke, VA
Lakeshore Technical College, Cleveland, WI
Lone Star College-North Harris, Houston, TX
Pima Community College-Community Campus, Tucson, AZ
University of Iowa Health Care, Iowa City, IA
Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH
Barton County Community College, Great Bend, KS
Central Community College, Grand Island, NE
Georgia Northwestern Technical College-Rome, Rome, GA
Gordon Cooper Technology Center, Shawnee, OK
Great Plains Technology Center, Lawton, OK
Harrisburg Area Community College-Harrisburg Campus, Harrisburg, PA  
Ivy Tech Community College-Columbus, Columbus, IN
Lehigh Valley Health Network (Hospital), Allentown, PA

INITIAL ACCREDITATION
Laredo Fire Department, Laredo, TX
Lakeland Community College, Kirtland, OH
Advocate Sherman Hospital, Elgin, IL
Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute, Hudson, NC
Des Moines Area Community College-Ankeny Campus, Ankeny, IA
Illinois Valley Community College, Ogelsby, IL
Jackson College, Jackson, MI
Kishwaukee College, Malta, IL
South Piedmont Community College, Monroe, NC
UH Conneaut Medical Center, Conneaut, OH
University of Wisconsin Hospitals & Clinics, Madison, WI
Updated CAAHEP Policy Manual Now Available
The CAAHEP Policies & Procedures Manual was updated in September. Programs should make sure they are using this updated version which can be found here.
CAAHEP Accredited Programs Only
Annual Report Due December 31
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Staff Contact: Lynn Caruthers, lynn@coaemsp.org or 214-703-8445, x115
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If you are the Program Director of a CAAHEP accredited Paramedic Program, you received an email from lynn@coaemsp.org providing you the username and password to the CAAHEP Annual Report. If you did not receive that email, email lynn@coaemsp.org.

Annual Report Login
  1. A detailed User Guide was emailed ONLY to Program Directors on October 7, 2016  for the annual report; it can also be downloaded once you log in to the annual report
  2. Enter data on all first-enrolled classes starting after accreditation was awarded only
  3. Enter outcomes data only for any graduated classes listed on Enrollment & Retention
  4. Update all data for previous years, as necessary
  5. Write a detailed analysis and action plan for any outcomes that do not meet the Thresholds
  6. Provide the website where student/graduate achievement results are posted as public information on the Comment tab.

You CAN Avoid Delays & Complications!
Follow these proven suggestions and check out the many resources provided to you:
  1. PRINT and follow the User Guide posted on the CAAHEP Annual Report Management System (ARMS)
  2. WATCH the webinar Annual Reports & the Resource Assessment Matrix
  3. Carefully READ everything on the Annual Reports website page and REFER to all of the links
  4. Read the FAQs for Annual Reports
  5. Email lynn@coaemsp.org with questions
CAAHEP/CoAEMSP Require Publication of Outcomes Results
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Staff Contact: Gordy Kokx, gordy@coaemsp.org or 214-703-8445, x117
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All programs must publish, preferably in a readily accessible place on their websites, the 3-year review-window average results of the outcomes for: National Registry (or State, as applicable) Written and Practical Exams, Retention, and Positive Placement.

At all times, the published results must be consistent with and verifiable by the online CAAHEP Annual Report of the program.

Each year in the Comments tab of the Annual Report, the program must state the website link (or other publication) where its results are published.

The publication of the outcomes results must be completed no later than December 31, 2016 and the link must be included in the 2016 Annual Report.

Based on the date of your accreditation, if you do not yet have outcomes data for ALL necessary graduate years (graduates in 2013+2014+2015), you do not have the "3-year review window average results;" therefore, the CoAEMSP policy does not yet apply.
 
The language referenced here is for Standard V.A.4. in the CAAHEP Standards for the EMS Professions:

V. Fair Practices
A. Publications and Disclosure
4. The sponsor must maintain, and make available to the public current and consistent summary information about student/graduate achievement that includes the results of one or more of the outcomes assessments required in these Standards.

Guideline: The sponsor should develop a suitable means of communicating to the communities of interest the achievement of students/graduates (e.g. through a website or electronic or printed documents).
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Sincerely,
Jennifer S. Anderson Warwick, MA
CoAEMSP