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ACCREDITCON and Accreditation Workshop Guests!
Be Sure You Receive Your CE Units and Access Presenter Materials
An evaluation was sent on Wednesday, June 12 to those attending the Louisville Accreditation Workshop and/or ACCREDITCON. Be sure to complete and submit the evaluation in order to be awarded your Continuing Education credits.

A link to access all presentation materials was emailed to ACCREDITCON guests on Friday, June 14. Be sure to get the most out of your investment in ACCREDITCON by downloading these materials, reviewing and sharing them with colleagues, and making a plan for using them in your Paramedic education program.

Plans are in the works for next year's ACCREDITCON which will be held May 27-31, 2020. Watch these updates and the website for more information coming soon!
Accreditation is an Everyday Activity
by Patricia L. Tritt, RN, MA

Regardless of whether your program is in the initial or continuing phases of accreditation, Paramedic Program Directors and faculty typically think of accreditation as a project that occurs every five years and that requires months of intense preparation and staff time. This preparation period is viewed as somewhat to be very stressful and as intruding on the actual delivery of the intended education. If this sounds familiar, read on.

Highly functioning Paramedic education programs take the reverse approach: accreditation is an everyday activity. To use a gardening analogy, the successful gardener tends to the plants and processes daily; watering, pruning, fertilizing, controlling for weeds and insects, and other necessary activities on a regular schedule. Without attending to these details, the crop fails, and/or the output is decreased, and the harvest is poor. Similarly, applying for initial or continuing accreditation is the sum of many daily small steps and processes that contribute to the success of the program.

Retention: Does It Really Matter?
CAAHEP accredited Paramedic education programs are required to meet identified thresholds in the outcome areas of: Written National or State credentialing examinations; Programmatic Retention (exit point completion); Job (Positive) Placement; Graduate Satisfaction; and Employer Satisfaction. These data are part of the information programs submit each year in the Annual Report (AR). In 2013, the CoAEMSP began a phased-in, systematic review of specified outcomes and began a dialogue with the programs that fall below the identified outcome threshold, for three (3) consecutive years. 

The first outcome addressed by the CoAEMSP Quality Improvement Committee was the Written National or State credentialing examination pass rates. While certification examinations are viewed as a “gold standard”, it is still only one measure of success, however these rates are an important indicator.

The second outcome, added for review in 2013, was retention. In 2016, 86.7% of reporting programs met the 70% retention threshold. The range for retention for programs not meeting this threshold was 29% to 69% with an approximate 60% average. Reasons for student attrition are multiple and varied. Also, in some programs student enrollment/cohorts are small and the loss of a small number of students can result in a large percent of attrition. Some of the common reasons for attrition given by Program Directors and faculty include: open enrollment with no ability to implement additional screening or testing; student financial considerations; lack of academic preparation to successfully complete the course; lack of field experience; unforeseen medical or family issues; and leaving for another job or professional opportunity.

But the underlying question posed by some program staff is ‘Do attrition numbers really matter if the students we do graduate are competent?’ Well, yes it does, especially in a professional track (EMS) versus general education courses. EMS education is costly and time consuming and most students who enroll at the Paramedic level have enough EMS experience to know this is a career they want to follow. The Paramedic education program has a responsibility to provide the opportunity and resources for the student to be successful. Retention (or completion rates) is also important to colleges and institutions of higher education. State funding is frequently predicated on student completion of a course of study. While there may be pressure in some programs to enroll ‘numbers’ of students based on financial considerations, this may be off-set by the state funding return. Additionally, resources to assist students less academically prepared for Paramedic education can outweigh any income from the students.

Site Visitor Workshop to be Held at ACCREDITCON 2020
The CoAEMSP is increasing its site visitor cadre and is seeking Paramedic educators and physicians to become site visitors for CoAEMSP. The training workshop will be conveniently hosted in conjunction with ACCREDITCON, May 27-31, 2020, in Louisville, for those applicants who have been selected to be site visitors.

Those interested in becoming site visitors can get more information from the links below.

By the Numbers
Annual Accreditation Fee Due July 1
Staff Contact: Heather Parker, , 214-703-8445, x116

On May 1, all billing contacts for the CoAEMSP Letter of Review Programs and the CAAHEP Accredited Programs, along with each of the 14 sponsors of CoAEMSP, received their annual fee invoices from

You may pay the annual fee by check, ACH or the View and Pay Invoice option in the email. (Credit cards are not accepted.) Programs are encouraged to pay by ACH, and the CoAEMSP is moving toward eventually requiring all payments to be made via ACH.

The fee is due July 1, 2019.

If you have questions about the invoice or other accounting related items, please contact Heather Parker (, 214-703-8445, x116).

The CoAEMSP will never ask for sensitive information; all invoices will be in the form of attachments, NOT hyperlinks. If you receive suspicious looking email, contact the CoAEMSP directly (do NOT click on a link in any suspicious email) and we can advise you whether or not the email is legitimate.
Christopher DeMorse, DHSc, NRP, Program Director at Northwest-Shoals Community College, Muscle Shoals, Ala., earned the Doctor of Health Science degree from A.T. Still University, Kirksville, MO, on June 2, 2019.

Daniel Linkins, MPH, NRP, Program Director at John Tyler Community College, Midlothian, Va., earned the Master of Public Health degree from Liberty University on May 9, 2019.
Upcoming Events
CAAHEP Accreditation Workshop
October 10-11, 2019
Location to be determined
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