Credible education through accreditation
  • New Tools Available: Hosting Site Visit, Program Evaluation
  • Save the Date for CAAHEP Accreditation Workshop in October
  • Webinar: New Appendix G - Student Minimum Competency Matrix
  • CAAHEP Webinar: Leadership for Program Directors
  • Accreditation Process: List and Cycle
  • EMS Strong 2018
  • Paramedic Programs Receive Accreditation Status
  • By the Numbers
  • Save the Date: ACCREDITCON
  • Milestones
  • Help Us Celebrate Our 40th Anniversary
New Tools Available: Hosting Site Visit, Program Evaluation
Staff Contact: Jennifer Anderson Warwick, 


Your site visit is scheduled. This site visit may be your first, second, third, or even fourth as a program director. Whether experienced or not, we hope you will find the following documents helpful with simple suggestions to help facilitate a smoother site visit!

The above tools can also be found on our website here.


Evaluation includes a variety of tools, administered at specific points throughout the Program. Guidelines for administration, analysis, and implementation are identified. The CoAEMSP is providing samples of the tools that a program may choose to use to evaluate its courses, exams, instructors, and the program.

Those tools include the following:

These tools can also be found here .
Save the Date
CAAHEP Accreditation Workshop in October

October 25-26
Location to be announced

This workshop will focus on the 2015 CAAHEP Standards and the Self Study Report template, and will serve as an invaluable resource for new program directors, lead instructors, and deans as well as the seasoned program directors.
Attend the Webinar : New Appendix G -Student Minimum Competency Matrix
Thursday, May 17, 1-2 p.m. Central Time

Staff Contact: Jennifer Anderson Warwick, 

The webinar, Appendix G – Student Minimum Competency Matrix and Recommended Competency Minimums will be offered again on Thursday, May 17, from 1-2 p.m. Central Daylight Time. Added bonus: common questions that have been asked since the release of the Student Minimum Competency Matrix will also be shared.

Join Dr. Gordy Kokx as he shares why and how the RECOMMENDED minimums for patients, interventions, and team leader experiences were developed. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Register below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
CAAHEP Webinar for Program Directors:
A Consideration of Program Director Leadership in Nationally Accredited Programs
Thursday, May 10, 1-2 p.m. Central Time

Staff Contact: Lorna Frazier-Lindsey,

Join Gordon Kokx, PhD, NRP, Associate Director for the Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) for a webinar on program director leadership.

The goals of the webinar are to: discuss relevant leadership theories; explore the context of Program Director leadership; identify key components of effective leadership; reflect on your own leadership; and contemplate how you might influence your leaders, followers, and profession.

This webinar is recommended for all program directors of CAAHEP accredited programs. It is brought to you free of charge by CAAHEP.

Register below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Accreditation Process: List and Cycle
You know the cliché, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” What about two pictures? See the two informational graphs below and download the PDFs for future reference.
Above: an illustration of the entire CoAEMSP Letter of Review and CAAHEP accreditation process. While time frames are not included, it is clear that the process is detailed and transparent. Please notice that numerous procedures, professional peers, and CoAEMSP Executive Office staff are involved in review and evaluation of the program. No single individual determines the outcome of the accreditation decision for any program.

Above: an accreditation site visit occurs after a program has graduated its first cohort. To allow the program to enter into the accreditation process, a mechanism is needed. For CoAEMSP, this is the Letter of Review route. The program completes a Letter of Review Self-Study Report (LSSR) for evaluation. Once approved, the program is granted the Letter of Review by CoAEMSP. Six months following graduation of the cohort that was first enrolled after submission of the CoAEMSP Letter of Review, the program is required to submit a completed Initial Self-Study Report (ISSR).

Join the CoAEMSP in Supporting EMS Strong 2018
Your dedication to improving the lives of others is a hallmark of the EMS profession. But we can only do so much individually. The truth is, we’re at our best when (and because) we work together – with our EMS service, with neighboring departments, hospitals and other healthcare providers. Responding and providing care side-by-side, with countless hours of preparation and training, we impact the lives of our patients, their families, and our communities.

A History of National EMS Certification: Strengthening the EMS Profession

In 1967, the American College of Surgeons published an article written by Dr. J.D. “Deke” Farrington called “Death in a Ditch.” Dr. Farrington – often called the Father of Modern EMS – highlighted the dangers of automobile crashes on America’s highways. In response to the increase in death and disability on the nation’s roadways, President Lyndon Johnson’s Committee on Highway Traffic Safety recommended the creation of a national certification agency to establish uniform standards for training and examination of emergency ambulance services ambulances, which became the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Read More

The Definition of Disaster

Cheryl Crow remembers getting the call. A paramedic with Acadian Ambulance in Lafayette, Louisiana, she’d been a member of a regional Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) since 2011, but had never been activated – until this year. Crow was part of a DMAT deployed to Puerto Rico for a 30-day mission to provide emergency medical care to the regional ravaged by Hurricane Maria. Many other public safety personnel got the call they weren’t expecting when the hurricanes hit in Texas and Florida. “The definition of a disaster is an event that didn’t stick to the plan.” Read More

The First First Responders

In the days and weeks after Hurricane Harvey slammed Texas, one of the many narratives that emerged was the need for citizens to be trained in basic first aid and CPR. In the aftermath of the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, there was a call for more people to learn how to stop life-threatening bleeding before trained professionals get to the scene. EMS, while on the front lines of a disaster, also has a key part in building community resilience long before a crisis happens. From routine CPR classes to rolling out the “Stop the Bleed” training, EMS is critical in preparing the public to help themselves. Read More

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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 .
By the Numbers
The number of CAAHEP accredited Paramedic educational programs has surpassed the 600 mark as of March 25, 2018! Congratulations to each and every program that has helped us reach this important milestone!
Congratulations! Paramedic Programs Receive Accreditation Status
  • Arizona Partnership for Paramedic Training, Mesa, AZ
  • Central Carolina Community College-Sanford, Sanford, NC
  • Chipola College, Marianna, FL
  • CMTI/Tufts Medical Center Consortium For Paramedic Education, Weymouth, MA
  • Cypress Creek EMS, Spring, TX
  • Lorain County Community College, Elyria, OH
  • Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Rochester, MN
  • Northwest Community Healthcare, Arlington Heights, IL
  • Oak Hill Hospital/Nature Coast Emergency Medical Institute Consortium, Lecanto, FL
  • University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Columbus Fire & EMS Academy, Columbus, GA
  • EmergyCare-UPMC-CEM Paramedic Training Consortium, Erie, PA
  • Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services, Frederick, MD
  • Hillyard Technical Center, St. Joseph, MO
  • Johnston Community College, Smithfield, NC (Associate)
Save the Date for the New ACCREDITCON
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.

Speakers, registration, and sessions will be announced as information becomes available. Stay tuned!

James DiClemente, MBA, CCEMTP, EMTP, Program Director at Pro EMS Center For Medics/Mt Auburn Hospital Consortium, Cambridge Mass., earned the Master of Business Administration degree conferred on April 1, 2016, from Southern New Hampshire University.
Upcoming Events
CAAHEP Accreditation Workshop
October 25-26, 2018
Location to be determined

May 10
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Jennifer S. Anderson Warwick, MA