OCTOBER 2019 / IN THIS ISSUE
  • Last Call: Applications for New Site Visitors Due November 1
  • Dispelling Rumors: Why CAAHEP is Recognized by CHEA
  • Board Meeting Highlights Listed on the CoAEMSP Website
  • Register Now for January CAAHEP Accreditation Workshop
  • Registration is Open for 2nd Annual ACCREDITCON
  • Avoid These Top 2018 Citations
  • Sponsor Types of Paramedic Accreditation Programs
  • Your Annual Report is Due March 15, 2020
  • National Allied Health Professions Week Nov. 3-9
  • Board Member Rick Ellis Receives Award
  • By the Numbers
  • Upcoming Events
  • Quick Links
Last Call: Applications for New Site Visitors Due November 1
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, on Wednesday, May 27 from 1pm – 5pm, and continuing on Thursday, May 28 from 8am – 12pm 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.


Dispelling Rumors: Why CAAHEP is Recognized by CHEA
There is a false rumor circulating that CAAHEP "has lost its recognition from the United States Department of Education." We want to set the record straight!

Twenty-one years ago, in 1998, the CAAHEP Commissioners voted to drop the recognition from USDE because the Higher Education Act had narrowed the purpose of USDE's recognition to serving as a "gatekeeper" for Title IV eligibility for federal financial aid.

Since all but a handful of CAAHEP programs were located in colleges or schools that already had institutional accreditation from a recognized agency that was serving as their gatekeeper, CAAHEP was no longer serving as the "gatekeeper" and so the decision was made to drop that recognition. At the time CAAHEP chose to drop the recognition (21 years ago), it was being used as gatekeeper only by a few Cytotechnology programs that were hospital-based.

CAAHEP is committed to third-party recognition and maintains recognition from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the non-governmental recognition body.
Board Meeting Highlights Can Be Found on the CoAEMSP Website
The CoAEMSP Board provides predictable, consistent, and deliberate communications with its sponsors about its work. To that end, official updates are provided to each of the 14 sponsors’ CEOs by the Board via the CoAEMSP Board of Directors Meeting Highlights 30 days following each Board meeting. Each organization then chooses how it disseminates the information and to whom.

In addition, these reports are made available to the public and can be found on the CoAEMSP website here.

Sharing these highlights with programs, as well as all communities of interest, supports Accountability--one of the CoAEMSP’s core values:

Accountability: Advancing the mission of the CoAEMSP with integrity, honesty, professionalism and high ethical standards.
Register Now for the January 2020 CAAHEP Accreditation Workshop

January 9-10, 2020
Orlando, Florida

January may seem far off, but accreditation workshop seats get filled up fast! Reserve yours today!

These workshops will focus on the 2015 CAAHEP Standards and the Self Study Report templates.

They are an invaluable resource for new program directors, lead instructors, and deans as well as the seasoned program directors. Learn from those who know it best: CoAEMSP staff, including lead instructor, Executive Director Dr. George Hatch.
"Every tool you need to be successful is available."

Some of the important information you will learn by attending this accreditation workshop

  • Accreditation deal breakers
  • What the ‘banker box’ system is that is recommended for the site visit
  • How many students the SV team wants to interview
  • Tips and tricks for making the site visit efficient
  • Why it’s important to pay your medical director
  • Why you need to look at the CV of the scheduled site visitor
  • How many days a site visit typically consists of
  • How many site visitors typically come to a site visit
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Can't Make the January 2020 Accreditation Workshop?

Attend the May 2020 workshop to be held at ACCREDITCON, May 27-31, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky!

Registration is Now Open for the 2nd Annual ACCREDITCON


The CoAEMSP is pleased to announce registration is open for the 2nd annual ACCREDITCON collaborative 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!
Your Annual Report is Due March 15, 2020
Program Directors of CoAEMSP-Letter of Review (LoR) programs and CAAHEP-accredited Paramedic educational programs will receive an email in mid-January from AnnualReports@coaemsp.org. This email will include instructions for downloading and completing the CoAEMSP Annual Report for calendar year 2018, due by March 15, 2020.

Current CoAEMSP-LoR programs that were issued the LoR through 2018 will be required to submit the 2018 Annual Report. LoR programs that were issued the LoR in 2019 will not be required to submit the annual report.

Reminder: based on CAAHEP Standard V.A.4:

“The sponsor must maintain, and make available to the public, current and consistent summary information about student/graduate achievement that includes the results of one or more of the outcomes assessments required in the CAAHEP Standards.”

Effective with the submission of the Annual Report submitted in 2019, all programs (CAAHEP-accredited and CoAEMSP-LoR) must annually publish their latest outcomes results (e.g. National Registry or State Written Exam, Retention, and Positive Job Placement) based on the most recent CoAEMSP Annual Report submitted. Additional calendar year outcomes may be added, and all outcomes must be verifiable by the program's Annual Report(s). The calendar year of the Annual Report must be represented with the outcomes. 

To assist the public in finding your outcomes, programs must publish their latest outcomes results on the Paramedic educational program’s homepage of its website – or – identify outcomes on the homepage and provide a link to the page where outcomes are published. The Annual Report requires the direct link to the homepage location. This direct link will be forwarded to CAAHEP for validation. [The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) provides the recognition to CAAHEP to carry out accreditation activities. CHEA requires that all CAAHEP-accredited programs make their program outcomes accessible to the public.]

Avoid making errors by reading the instructions in the annual report. SAVE a copy of your report to your computer; REVIEW your report before submitting it to avoid having it returned for corrections.

Avoid the $500 late fee or probation! The CoAEMSP Board approved a $500 fee to be assessed to any program not submitting the original annual report by March 15, 2020. Additionally, any program failing to submit the original annual report by the due date will be recommended to CAAHEP for Administrative Probation. Failure to address Administrative Probation may lead to a recommendation by CoAEMSP to CAAHEP for Withdrawal of Accreditation.
Avoid These Top 2018 Accreditation Citations
Each year the CoAEMSP conducts internal research on topics relevant to program improvement. This is to identify areas for continued education for programs and further assist them with meeting the CAAHEP Standards.

Each year we analyze which CAAHEP Standards are cited for the previous year. This information is used to determine which areas of additional education and clarification the CoAEMSP needs to provide to programs. By performing such research and monitoring trends, the CoAEMSP can tailor specific advice to programs on how to best address common issues.

Utilize the CoAEMSP-developed forms here to address common citations.

Access the list of top 2018 citations here.
Sponsor Types of Paramedic Education Programs
Paramedic education programs must be sponsored by at least one of the following sponsoring institutions: post-secondary academic institution, a foreign post-secondary academic institution, a hospital, clinic or medical center, a governmental educational or governmental medical service, a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, or a consortia.

The graph here illustrates the percentage of those sponsoring institutions.
National Allied Health Professions Week is November 3-9

If you haven't already done so, make plans to recognize and celebrate National Allied Health Professions Week, November 3-9. The week is dedicated to allied health professionals, including the thousands of Paramedics who play a significant role in our country's health care system. Allied health professionals are 7 million strong, and represent nearly 60% of the health care work force.

Recognizing allied health care professionals is important due to the demand for their services, which is growing nearly twice as fast as the national economy.

Be sure to thank an allied health professional during Allied Health Professions Week--and all year long!
CoAEMSP Board Member Rick Ellis Receives Presidential Leadership Award

CoAEMSP Board Member Richard Ellis, BSOE, NRP, was recently awarded the NAEMT Presidential Leadership Award at the 2019 General Membership Meeting.

We offer our congratulations to Rick, and are proud to have him on the CoAEMSP Board.
By the Numbers
Upcoming Events
January 9-10, 2020
Orlando, FL
ACCREDITCON
May 27-31, 2020
Louisville, KY
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