Credible education through accreditation
  • CAAHEP Policy Change on Confidentiality
  • CAAHEP Webinar for Program Directors Now Online
  • Pat Tritt Receives NAEMSE Award
  • ACCREDITCON Registration Now Open!
  • CoAEMSP Annual Board of Directors Meeting Highlights
  • 2019 CAAHEP Accreditation Workshops Announced
  • By the Numbers
  • Send Us Your Photos & 40th Anniversary Messages!
  • Milestones
  • Upcoming Events
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CHEA Requirements Prompt Policy Change
CAAHEP Policy Change on Confidentiality
In order to address the Council for Higher Education Accreditation concerns outlined in the most recent submission of CAAHEP's mid-term report, CAAHEP's Board of Directors approved the following changes to Policy 106 D. Confidentiality.

The changes to the Policy are indicated below in RED and took effect earlier this summer:

D. Confidentiality
CAAHEP requires that its accreditation procedures, and those of the CoAs, be sensitive to the need to maintain confidentiality in the accreditation process while also disclosing certain information to serve and protect the public interest.

In order to comply with the need for public disclosure, CAAHEP will publish the citations of unmet Standards that appear in accreditation award letters.

However, except as stated above, CAAHEP and its CoAs will hold as confidential the following documents and the information contained therein:

1. Self-Study Reports
2. Site Visit  Reports
3. All Progress Reports
4. All correspondence between CAAHEP, the CoAs, and the programs which relates to the accreditation process (including the appeals process, as applicable).

Institutions may release any of the above information, at their discretion. CAAHEP and its CoAs will not make public any of the above documents without the permission of the institution, unless the institution misrepresents the information either through public statements or release of selected sections of documents.

In the case of Probationary Accreditation, CAAHEP will release the full award letter upon request.

These confidentiality requirements shall be waived for any of the above documents when CAAHEP or its CoAs are required to turn over information by a bona fide judicial or governmental process.

If you have any questions about this policy change, please contact  Kathy Megivern ( An updated version of the Policy Manual is posted to the CAAHEP website.
CAAHEP Webinar for Program Directors Now Available Online
Earlier this year, CAAHEP presented the webinar: A Consideration of Program Director Leadership in Nationally Accredited Programs. The webinar was led by CoAEMSP Associate Director Gordon Kokx, PhD, NRP.

The session was recorded and is now available on the CAAHEP website Webinar page for viewing at your convenience.
Patricia Tritt Receives Legends That Walk Among Us Award from NAEMSE
Patricia Tritt, RN, MA, former CoAEMSP Board Member representing NAEMSE, was the recipient of the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE) Legends That Walk Among Us award. The award ceremony was held in Washington, DC on September 4th at the 23rd Annual NAEMSE Symposium.

The award is reserved for someone in the EMS community who has helped shape EMS education on a national level. It allows the community to thank those who have, and continue to, mentor, motivate, and inspire other EMS professionals through their commitment to EMS education.

In making the presentation to Pat, NAEMSE stated that she "is a recognized and often‐cited authority on issues in EMS education."

Pat is currently the Director of Instruction at American Medical Response in Denver, Colorado. Among Pat's many contributions to EMS, and while a member of the CoAEMSP Board of Directors, she worked on educational and professional issues that impact EMS personnel at all levels in the United States. She chaired the Quality Improvement and Assurance Committee, and was and continues to be actively engaged in the development of a new Annual Report for the CoAEMSP. In addition, Pat has been a CoAEMSP site visitor since the early 1980's and continues to conduct site visits.

The Staff and Board of Directors of the CoAEMSP congratulate Pat on this well-deserved recognition!
Sessions and Speakers Are Announced
Registration for ACCREDITCON is Now Open!
May 29-June 2, 2019
Louisville, Kentucky

ACCREDITCON will educate CoAEMSP constituents on the accreditation process, provide tools for success, offer answers to pertinent questions regarding initial and continuing accreditation, and include presentations on topics having a direct connection with the accreditation process and the CAAHEP Standards.

Highlights from the CoAEMSP Board of Directors Annual Meeting
The CoAEMSP Board of Directors met July 27-28, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky at the Omni Louisville Hotel, home to ACCREDITCON for its first three years. Prior to the meeting, board members met as committees for 1.5 days. The report contains highlights on the following:
  • Program Actions
  • Professional Development
  • 40th Anniversary Recognition
  • Site Visits & Visitors Committee
  • Quality Improvement & Annual Reports Committee
  • Research Committee
  • Elections

October 2018 Workshop is Sold Out!
Make Plans for 2019 CAAHEP Accreditation Workshops

January 3-4, 2019
Rosen Plaza Hotel
Registration Opening Soon!

May 29-30, 2019
Omni Louisville Hotel
Louisville, Kentucky

October 10-11, 2019
Location TBD
By the Numbers
It's our 40th Anniversary! Send Us Your Photos & Messages! Visit our History Page!
The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services (CoAEMSP) is pleased to be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2018.

Be sure to visit the history page in the 40th anniversary section of our website.

We invite you to send a message that can be shared with the EMS community on our website, in our monthly newsletters, or in other possible methods of communications.

In addition, if you have photos from the past 40 years that relate to the history of the CoAEMSP and accreditation, we encourage you to send them to Jennifer Anderson Warwick at .
Russ Engle, MBA, NRP, Program Director at Reading Hospital School of Health Sciences, Reading, Pennsylvania, earned the Masters of Business Administration from Fitchburg State University, conferred on December 22, 2017.
Upcoming Events
CAAHEP Accreditation Workshop
October 25-26, 2018
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

CAAHEP Accreditation Workshop
January 3-4, 2019
Orlando, Florida

CAAHEP Accreditation Workshop
May 29-30, 2019
Louisville, Kentucky
May 29-June 2, 2019
Louisville, Kentucky

CAAHEP Accreditation Workshop
October 10-11, 2019
Location TBD
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Jennifer S. Anderson Warwick, MA