• ACCREDITCON Registration Reopens on May 31
  • Office Closings
  • CAAHEP & CoAEMSP Plan to Launch Voluntary AEMT Accreditation
  • EMS Week 2023
  • Podcasts
  • Out-of-State Satellite or Alternate Location: Assistant Medical Director is Required
  • Webinar on June 28: Fair Practices
  • 2023 CAAHEP Standards Approved
  • Fundamentals of Accreditation Workshop Upcoming Dates
  • Annual Accreditation Fee Now Due
  • By the Numbers


May 31-June 4

Louisville, Kentucky

Registration reopens on May 31.

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Office Closings

The CoAEMSP office will be closed on the following dates.

  • May 29, in honor of Memorial Day
  • May 30-June 5, staff will be hosting ACCREDITCON

CAAHEP and CoAEMSP Plan to Launch Voluntary AEMT Accreditation January 1, 2025

To advance the recommendations of the 2019 National EMS Scope of Practice Model and the 2021 National EMS Education Standards, CAAHEP plans to launch voluntary programmatic accreditation at the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) level by January 1, 2025; CoAEMSP will provide the accreditation services.

Read the announcement here.

There are several steps prior to January 1, 2025, to gather perspectives and recommendations from stakeholders and develop and implement a voluntary programmatic accreditation at the AEMT level. Key milestones in advance of the launch include:

  • May - November 2023 - Robust stakeholder engagement and feedback
  • December 4, 2023 - Open for public comment the policies and interpretations of the CAAHEP Standards for AEMT education programs. 
  • January 18, 2024 - Public comment period closes. (Feb 4, the CoAEMSP Board reviews the comments and approves the final draft)
  • March 4, 2024 - Publish policies and interpretations of the CAAHEP Standards for AEMT education programs. 
  • June 1, 2024 - Make available all documents and forms for AEMT programs, including the Letter of Review (LoR) application, self-study report, site visit report, annual report, etc.
  • January 1, 2025 - Accept LoR applications from AEMT programs. 

CoAEMSP will hold a Virtual Town Hall on June 16, 2023, at 1 PM Central Time, to provide more information on the rollout of the voluntary accreditation for AEMT education programs. Additional information is available on the CoAEMSP website.

Where Emergency Care Begins

Our organization acknowledges the important role of EMS professionals in our country. We celebrate WHERE EMERGENCY CARE BEGINS and the individuals who help their communities 24/7/365. We support the EMS Week campaign because we believe in educating the public and stakeholders about prehospital medicine and the services provided by EMS. There’s no better time to honor the accomplishments of EMS professionals than during EMS Week! We want to recognize those who serve and help to promote camaraderie among every EMS team in every community nationwide.


Produced by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), national EMS Week is designed to celebrate, unite, and inspire the men and women of EMS 365 days a year. 

CoAEMSP is a proud supporter of EMS Week.

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CoAEMSP Spotlight on Weave Podcast

Weave Education's podcast, "Accreditation Conversations," features Dr. George Hatch from CoAEMSP. If you have not heard the April 28th episode, "An Accreditation Emergency: Be Nice, Visible, and Innovative," check it out here.

Weave Education, which is a sponsor of ACCREDITCON, produces podcasts on a variety of accreditation topics. Visit their website to view their offerings.

Into the Unknown, Podcast has Launched

In this series, you will hear from the filmmakers of the upcoming documentary, Into the Unknown, The Paramedics' Journey, including executive producers Randy Mantooth & Kevin Tighe from the TV show “Emergency”. You will hear never before told stories about the start of their careers and their experience on the show. You will learn what Randy and Kevin are doing today and what motivated them to executive produce this documentary and tell the stories of the heroic men and women who risk it all and step out into the unknown. 

Streaming now on all podcast platforms.

Listen to the podcast here.

Out-of-State Satellite or Alternate Location: Assistant Medical Director is Required

Do you have an out-of-state satellite campus or alternate location? If you do, then an assistant medical director may be required.

The program must provide evidence of a formal relationship with a licensed physician currently authorized to practice in each state where the program’s students are participating in patient care and accept responsibility for the practice of those students. 

Programs requesting a satellite location or an alternate location outside of the state in which the main campus is located are required to have a medical director that can legally provide supervision for the out-of-state location. If the program’s medical director or associate medical director cannot provide out-of-state supervision, then the sponsor must appoint an assistant medical director (Standard III.B.4.) that can legally provide supervision for out-of-state locations. 

See the CoAEMSP Policy Manual available here, specifically policies XII.B. Out-of-State Physicians and XIII.B-C Alternate Location(s) and Satellite(s). 

June 28 at 1:00 PM Central Time

CAAHEP Standard V: Fair Practices

Join CoAEMSP for a webinar on fair practices!

Fair practices encompass a variety of responsibilities an educational program must provide to prospective and enrolling students. Clear and accurate information allows students to make informed decisions regarding the policies, procedures, and outcome performance of the program. Have you ever had a student seek to challenge a grade? What kind of process does your program have to guide the student through such a situation? Other than tuition, are all the costs associated with attending and successfully completing the program well-defined? Join us as we review the important components of the CAAHEP Standards regarding fair practices designed to protect students and the program.

At the conclusion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

  • Define the term fair practices.
  • Analyze the components of the CAAHEP Standards regarding fair practices.
  • Explain the importance of fair practices.


  • Michael Miller, EdD, RN, NRP, Assistant Director, CoAEMSP
  • Thomas Platt, EdD, NRP, Associate Dean for Academic Partnerships, University of Pittsburgh
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2023 CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for the EMS Professions Approved

The revised CAAHEP Standards for Paramedic programs will be effective January 1, 2024, and are posted here.

CoAEMSP will host a webinar to review the changes and timelines, so watch for more information in the monthly e-newsletter.

Read more on how this will impact your program.

Fundamentals of Accreditation Workshop for the EMS Professions

These workshops are designed to educate participants on the CAAHEP Standards and the accreditation process, enhancing the accreditation knowledge of Paramedic program faculty.

Are you a new program director? Are you considering starting a Paramedic program? Then this workshop is required.

Using expert presentations and interactive group learning activities, the workshop will provide best practices to avoid common stumbling blocks.


June 1, Louisville, KY

October 18-19, Bloomington, MN


January 3-4, via Zoom

May 29 or 30, Oklahoma City, OK

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Annual Fees via ACH

The CoAEMSP Annual Accreditation fee invoice was sent to all Program Director emails on May 9, 2023.

To save time, streamline processes, reduce data entry, and eliminate additional processing fees, the CoAEMSP strongly encourages your program to pay invoices by ACH (Automated Clearing House). ACH payments are electronic payments that transfer funds directly from a checking account to the payee. Instead of writing out and mailing a paper check, the funds move automatically.

You may pay invoices by Automated Clearing House (ACH) or the View and Pay Invoice option that will appear as a link in the emailed invoice. As a reminder, credit cards are not accepted. The CoAEMSP will accept checks this year; however, please note that we are moving toward requiring all payments to be made via ACH or “View and Pay” in the future.

All programs selecting to pay by ACH should email payment advice to [email protected]. A payment advice provides the details on payment and provides advance notice to the recipient.

The advantages of paying via ACH or the “View and Pay” option are:

•   Pay directly through the invoice

•   Secure environment

•   Payment processes in 3 days instead of 3 weeks (checks)

•   Automatically applies to the invoice (less data entry errors)

Have questions? Please contact Michelle Esquivel at [email protected] for any questions regarding invoicing/payments.


Ryan Kirk, MPH, NRP, Program Director of the Paramedic program sponsored by Prince William Cty Dept of Fire & Rescue, Prince William, Virg., earned the Master in Public Health conferred on April 29, 2023, by The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Troy Stauter, MHS, NRP, Program Director of the Paramedic programs sponsored by Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville, NC, earned the Master of Health Sciences degree conferred on May 12, 2023, by Western Carolina University.

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