• Virtual Office Hours with CoAEMSP Staff February 24
  • CAAHEP Recognizes Board Members Doug York and David Becker
  • The CoAEMSP Board is Seeking a Public Member
  • New Dates Added! CAAHEP Accreditation Workshops
  • ACCREDITCON Registration Fee Announced
  • Feb. 25 Webinar: Successfully Submitting Your Annual Report
  • Free Surveys Available Through SurveyMonkey
  • Number of Paramedic Programs
  • Disclaimer
  • New Requirements Now Effective Regarding Satellites and Alternate Locations
  • Congratulations
February 24! Mark Your Calendars!
Virtual Office Hours with CoAEMSP Staff
4:00-5:00pm Central

February 24, March 31, April 28, May 26
and June 30

Open to Everyone!

To support program directors in navigating accreditation as an everyday activity, the CoAEMSP staff is introducing monthly “Virtual Office Hours,” an open time when program directors, deans, medical directors, and lead instructors can drop into a Zoom call with staff without scheduling a meeting.

To do so, simply click the Zoom link below. You can ask questions or seek guidance about accreditation or any other challenges--we are here to support you!

Nuanced or confidential questions should be addressed with the appropriate staff person outside "Virtual Office Hours."

"Virtual Office Hours" are limited to the first 100 to join, which will allow two-way communication.

To join via your web browser:

To join via the Zoom app: Meeting ID: 884 4035 8727
CAAHEP Recognizes Board Members Doug York and David Becker
CAAHEP held its annual meeting in January, at which time, two CoAEMSP Board Members were recognized for their service and dedication to accreditation.

Doug York, NRP, PS received the William W. Goding Award for Exceptional Service, the highest honor awarded by CAAHEP. This award is reserved for those who are or have been Commissioners, and recognizes their service in word and deed, i.e., has spoken with conviction about the work of the Commission, advanced its purposes, and actively participated in the Commission’s activities at a high level for a sustained period of time. The recipient is someone who is respected by other Commissioners but is not currently a Board member.

This year’s recipient was our very own Doug York! Congratulations, Doug!
David Becker, MA, EMTP, EFO received the CoA Superhero Award. David Becker is a steadfast supporter and advocate of CAAHEP accreditation and the CoAEMSP. He is one of CoAEMSP's unsung heroes who gives everything to support accreditation excellence through the CAAHEP process. David is the planning chair of ACCREDITCON, leading the national EMS accreditation conference that promotes collaboration for advancing excellence through accreditation. He is site visitor and team captain, averaging more than 1 site visit (now virtual) per month. He serves a double role of Treasurer/Secretary on the CoAEMSP Board. Congratulations, David!
The CoAEMSP is Seeking a Public Member for its Board
Staff Contact: Dr. George W Hatch, Jr, george@coaemsp.org

The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP) has a vacancy for one public member position on its Board of Directors. The CoAEMSP is a Texas 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation and Committee on Accreditation member of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP),

Public members of the CoAEMSP serve three-year terms, with eligibility for a maximum of three consecutive terms of service. Public members will begin serving September 6, 2021. There is no honorarium for this Board position, although all customary travel expenses associated with the position are reimbursed.

The public member cannot be: 1) An employee, member of the governing board, owner, or shareholder of, or consultant to the sponsor of a Paramedic program that holds a CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) or is accredited by CAAHEP or one that is in any stage of the LoR/accreditation process for Paramedic; 2) A member of any trade association or membership organization related to, affiliated with, or associated with the CoAEMSP or Paramedic; or 3) A spouse, parent, child, or sibling of an individual identified in (1) or (2) above; or 4) an individual who would be qualified in any other named EMS community of interest (i.e. students, graduates, faculty, sponsor administration, hospital/clinic representatives, physicians, employers, police and fire services, or key governmental officials).

Interested parties should complete and return the application found here, along with a current CV, to Dr. George W. Hatch, Jr., Executive Director, at george@coaemsp.org. Nominations must be received no later than May 1, 2021.

Limited Spots! New Dates Added!
2021 CAAHEP Accreditation Workshops


March Full / April Full

May 19-20, 2021
Registration will open March 1

July 28-29, 2021
Registration will open June 1

These virtual workshops are held via Zoom and are designed to educate participants on the 2015 CAAHEP Standards and the accreditation process, enhancing the accreditation knowledge of Paramedic program faculty. Through the use of expert presentations and interactive group learning activities, the workshop will provide best practices to avoid common stumbling blocks.
ACCREDITCON Registration Fee Announced
The CoAEMSP is pleased to provide the following information regarding the 2021 ACCREDITCON virtual collaborative:

  • Registration fee is $350 per person
  • Registration qualifies each participant for 15 Continuing Education (CE) credits
  • CE sessions will be available to participants six months post-conference
  • Group rates will not be offered
  • Early bird rates will not be offered
  • Registration opens April 1

ACCREDITCON is designed to support programs, carry out its mission “to advance the quality of EMS education through accreditation” and respond to the needs of nearly 700 Paramedic educational programs.

Nearly 500 guests attended the inaugural ACCREDITCON collaborative, and the majority said they would return! ACCREDITCON:

  • educates CoAEMSP constituents on the accreditation process
  • provides tools for success
  • offers answers to pertinent questions regarding initial and continuing accreditation
  • includes presentations on topics having a direct connection with the accreditation process and the CAAHEP Standards.

Speakers, sessions, and more information will be announced as it becomes available. Visit the ACCREDITCON website for updates.
Register for this February 25 Webinar
Successfully Submitting Your Annual Report

Successfully Submitting Your Annual Report
Thursday, February 25
1pm Central Time

All programs (CAAHEP-accredited and CoAEMSP-LoR) must annually publish their outcome results (e.g. National Registry or State Written Exam, Retention, and Positive Job Placement) from the calendar year two years prior verifiable by the latest annual report required.

This webinar will review the format and discuss the current approach to reporting and reviewing outcomes. Annual reports were emailed on January 14 to the program director’s email from AnnualReports@coaemsp.org.

Each webinar session is limited to the first 500 registrations. There is no fee associated with the webinar, and each webinar will be recorded and made available on the CoAEMSP website.
Free Surveys Available Through SurveyMonkey
If you have a paid SurveyMonkey account, the CoAEMSP can provide the following surveys to you free of charge:
•  Personnel Survey
•  Student Survey
•  Graduate Survey
•  Employer Survey

Email jennifer@coaemsp.org with the username of the paid SurveyMonkey account; she will copy the surveys into that account. Allow 48 hours for the surveys to appear.
For a current list of LoR and accredited programs, visit www.caahep.org.
The CoAEMSP does not endorse, promote, or comment on any product or vendor. This statement can also be found in the footer of on our website.
New Requirements Now Effective Regarding Satellites and Alternate Locations
Staff contact: Lynn Caruthers, lynn@coaemsp.org

CAAHEP accredited programs may develop non-main campus locations to deliver components of the course or, at times, the entire program to meet students' and stakeholders' needs. The distinctions and delivery modes can be confusing but are essential in program operation and assessment. CAAHEP has revised the definition of a satellite which must offer all the professional didactic and laboratory content of the program. This may include any distance education delivery modality. The CoAEMSP has defined an alternate location for those sites where a portion of the education is delivered, but not the entire didactic and lab components.

Charles Morton, BS, EMTP, Peer Evaluator since 2015, will be stepping down from this volunteer position. Dedicated EMS educators who serve in volunteer positions make accreditation possible. Accreditation begins with outside teams of peers evaluating a program based on the CAAHEP accreditation Standards. We wish to thank Charles Morton for his service for the past six years. THANK YOU!

Darla Boseman, MHS, NRP, CDEMTP, Program Director of the Paramedic Program sponsored by Lenoir Community College, Kinston, NC, earned the Master of Health Science degree from Western Carolina University, conferred on December 13, 2020.

Lowell Allen Smith, MAT, NRP, CP, Program Director of the Paramedic Program sponsored by St. Cloud Technical College, St. Cloud, MN, earned the Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Bemidji State University, conferred on May 7, 2020. 
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