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What is Accreditation and Why is it Important?

Accreditation is an effort to assess the quality of institutions, programs and services, measuring them against agreed-upon standards and thereby assuring that they meet those standards.

In the case of post-secondary education and training, there are two kinds of accreditation: institutional and programmatic (or specialized).

Institutional accreditation helps to assure potential students that a school is a sound institution and has met certain minimum standards in terms of administration, resources, faculty and facilities.

Programmatic (or specialized) accreditation examines specific schools or programs within an educational institution (e.g., the law school, the medical school, the nursing program). The standards by which these programs are measured have generally been developed by the professionals involved in each discipline and are intended to reflect what a person needs to know and be able to do to function successfully within that profession.
Accreditation in the health-related disciplines also serves a very important public interest. Along with certification and licensure, accreditation is a tool intended to help assure a well-prepared and qualified workforce providing health care services.

“It's impressive that the CoAEMSP is on the cutting edge of evidenced-based accreditation.” Paramedic Program Director

Mission Statement

The mission of the CoAEMSP is to advance the quality of EMS education through CAAHEP accreditation.

Vision Statement

CoAEMSP is recognized as the leader in evidence based standards for accreditation.

Core Values | CLARITY

Commitment Dedication of time, talent and resources toward the achievement of CoAEMSP's mission.
Leadership Inspiring others to advance the vision and goals of the CoAEMSP.
Action-oriented Advancing the goals and projects of the CoAEMSP through timely, deliberate and thoughtful decision-making and effective implementation.
Respect Honoring the perspective of any individual or organization.
Integrity Carrying out the work of the CoAEMSP with honesty, professionalism and high ethical standards.
QualiTY Consistently meeting or exceeding established standards and expectations in all CoAEMSP activities.

Strategic Goals


Developing a high level process for the collection and analysis of data for the purpose of improving EMS Education.


Restructure Board/Staff to meet the needs of the growing organization and EMS profession. Improve Board engagement and effectiveness.


Position CoAEMSP to effectively respond to and manage trends in EMS Education including developing competent evaluative processes especially for Distance Education.

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