Why is accreditation important? Accreditation provides key characteristics of accredited programs, identifying what a program should pursue and cultivate (virtues) as well as signal prohibitions (vices) that must be avoided. Regardless of the specialty or programmatic particulars, virtues and vices may be used to define a context in which general competencies may be understood and yield operational guidance upon which ultimate discussions of evaluation, remediation, and graduation may be predicated.
Accreditation assures professional competence: Graduates from a CAAHEP-accredited program have achieved the psychomotor and affective competencies to ensure patient safety.
Accreditation offers standardization, uniformity, and consistency: All CAAHEP-accredited programs prepare entry-level Paramedics, so employers can be guaranteed that the students know a given body of entry-level knowledge.
Accreditation requires external verification, review, and validation: In fulfilling the standards, CAAHEP-accredited programs submit their outcomes to CoAEMSP for an annual review and go through a comprehensive site visit review with CAAHEP every five years.
Accreditation protects resources: The CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines specify that the students and faculty have access to specific resources in order to ensure that the program can comply with the national standards.
Accreditation enhances the institution’s reputation: Institutions participating in programmatic accreditation distinguish themselves from other institutions.
Accreditation is public: CAAHEP-accredited programs are listed in a CAAHEP database for student and educator access, and CAAHEP-accredited programs post their status and outcomes.
Accreditation travels well: Employers across the country recognize the value of accreditation.
Accreditation advances the profession: The standardization, uniformity, and consistency that accreditation ensures, as well as the review of the Standards and Guidelines move the profession forward toward greater recognition in the health field.