Credible education through accreditation
  • Apply Now to Become a Site Visitor
  • New Interpretations Adopted by CoAEMSP Board
  • Highlights from the CoAEMSP Annual Board Meeting
  • Revised Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda and Tools
  • New High Stakes Cognitive- Exam Analysis Tool
  • Join the CoAEMSP in Supporting EMS Strong 2019!
  • CAAHEP is Celebrating its 25th Anniversary!
  • Seats are Filling up Fast at ACCREDITCON!
  • By the Numbers
  • Milestones
  • Upcoming Events
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Apply Now to Become a Site Visitor
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 hosted in conjunction with ACCREDITCON, May 27-31, 2020, in Louisville, Kentucky for those applicants who have been selected to be site visitors.

FAQs were compiled to help answer the questions you may have regarding the workshop. Access FAQs here .

The deadline to apply is November 1, 2019.
Download the application and see the list of qualifications here .
New Interpretations Adopted by CoAEMSP Board
The CoAEMSP Board adopted two new interpretations of the CAAHEP Standards during its February board meeting. The interpretations are NOT part of the CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines document and are subject to change by CoAEMSP. Policy revisions may occur often, so this document should be reviewed frequently to ensure the most current version.

The companion document contains the CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in the Emergency Medical Services Professions with CoAEMSP interpretations adopted by CoAEMSP through policies.

Please refer to the CoAEMSP Interpretations of the 2015 CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines.

Questions regarding the interpretations can be directed to Dr. Gordon Kokx, .

Download New Interpretations here.

Download 2015 CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines here .
Highlights from the CoAEMSP Board of Directors Quarterly Meeting
The CoAEMSP Board of Directors met February 1-2, 2019 in Charleston, South Carolina. Prior to the meeting, board members met as committees for 1.5 days. Here's what you need to know:

  • Program Actions. Reviewed 84 programs for initial accreditation, continuing accreditation and progress reports.

  • Crisis Communications Plan. The CoAEMSP believes that a crisis management plan is one of the most important parts of its business plan. The crisis management plan is about communication and successfully managing any crisis, and it allows us to predict, plan, act, and manage the crisis to keep our organization safe, solid, and successful. To support its belief, the CoAEMSP board identified potential crisis and developed action plans around each one. The Crisis Communications Plan was formally approved by the Board of Directors.

  • Strategic Plan. In August 2017, the Board approved a new strategic plan. On an annual basis, at a minimum, the Board reviews the strategic plan and assesses the achievement toward accomplishing the goals set forth. Less than 18 months into the new plan, and the Board is progressing well.

  • Elections. Each of the 14 sponsors holds two seats on the Board of Directors. The National Associate of EMS Officials (NASEMSO) had one seat open, of which Dan Batsie was elected to.

  • Other business included: approving new interpretations to the CAAHEP Standards and deciding to hold a site visitor workshop for new site visitors. More information on these items can be found in this eUpdate.
New Form and Template Now Available
Revised Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda
The CoAEMSP continues to develop and revise tools to assist programs to document activities and provide the necessary ‘evidence’ to satisfy elements in the self-study report, provide verification for the site visitors, and address requirements when responding to letters of review or progress reports.

One area that results in frequent citations is inadequate documentation of the Advisory Committee composition and activities. A CoAEMSP template was developed to guide the agenda, specify the required communities of interest, and record the discussion. The template is available here. Using the template is not mandated, but it is strongly recommended. 

The Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda has recently been revised to better assist programs to address all the necessary elements. In addition, an Advisory Committee Roster form is available here that allows the program to detail all members, the communities of interest represented, and the agency or organization represented.

In addition to providing feedback to the Program, a well-designed Advisory Committee can strengthen relationships in the community and assist in identifying educational opportunities outside the Program walls.

Download Key Points to Remember here.

Download Advisory Committee Roster Form here.

Download Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes Template here.

Download Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes Sample here .
The Need for High Stakes Cognitive-Exam Analysis
(And a New Tool)
In the past several years, there has been an increased emphasis on the requirement for programs to evaluate items on high-stakes cognitive exams and to document changes made as a result of that analysis. Questions arise regarding how to proceed with the process and what documentation is considered adequate.

The CoAEMSP Interpretations of the CAAHEP Standards currently includes the following language:

“Validity must be demonstrated on major exams, but methods may vary depending on the number of students. All exams should be reviewed by item analysis, which may include difficulty index (p+) and discrimination index (point bi-serial correlation).”

For programs using a commercial testing product, the program must demonstrate that the test items used are valid and reliable at a program level. Simply quoting the national validity and reliability information provided by the vendor does not adequately establish that the test items are valid and reliable for the specific curriculum of the specific program. The results of program-level review (based on program established criteria) must be documented as well as any changes to exams that resulted from the review. Programs with large enrollments may be able to employ recognized mathematical formulas.

Why is the quality of evaluation items a concern? Read more...

See the Written Exam Analysis Webinar here .

Download the Exam Analysis Form here .
Join the CoAEMSP in Supporting EMS Strong
Produced by the American College of American Physicians (ACEP), in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), EMS STRONG is a campaign designed to celebrate, unite, and inspire the men and women of EMS 365 days a year. The CoAEMSP is a proud sponsor of EMS STRONG.

EMS STRONG is the bond you share with fellow first responders. Sometimes that bond is expressed in a silent nod of recognition, and other times it takes the form of war stories shared for the umpteenth time. But it's always there.

EMS STRONG is what draws a special few together to do incredibly important work, often under difficult circumstances, and many times with little thanks. We go BEYOND THE CALL.

CAAHEP is Celebrating its 25th Anniversary!
JOIN US as we Celebrate
CAAHEP's Silver Anniversary!

April 14-15, 2019
The Menger Hotel in San Antonio

CAAHEP is kicking off its 25th Anniversary with a BANG in San Antonio, Texas, at the 2019 Annual Meeting, and we hope that you will join us! We will be "Celebrating 25 Years of Doing What Matters" with presentations, guest speakers, and a trip down memory lane to 1994, when CAAHEP was founded. The draft Annual Meeting Agenda and the Registration Form can be found here.
Seats Are Filling Up Fast at ACCREDITCON!
May 29-June 2, 2019 / The New Omni Hotel / Louisville, Kentucky

Join your colleagues who have already reserved their spot at the first-ever ACCREDITCON, designed to bring you everything you need to know about the accreditation process!

Each session addresses a SPECIFIC CAAHEP Standard in order to help make the accreditation process as easy as possible.

Listen to experts, interact with CoAEMSP staff and board, plug into best practices, network with peers and colleagues, and get answers to pertinent questions regarding initial and continuing CAAHEP accreditation for Paramedic educational programs.

Get complete information at the ACCREDITCON website!

Don't miss your opportunity to attend ACCREDITCON.
Reserve your spot now!

By the Numbers
Michael Anderson, MBA, NRP, Acting Program Director at Santa Fe College, Gainesville, Fla., earned the Master of Business Administration degree from the Saint Leo University, conferred on March 4, 2019.
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