The CoAEMSP has the Letter of Review (LoR) process, which is the official designation that a Paramedic program is in the “Becoming Accredited” process.
While a program that qualifies for a LoR must still complete the entire process to demonstrate substantial compliance with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accreditation Standards, and is not guaranteed an award of accreditation, holding a LoR does signify that the program is making satisfactory progress in the accreditation process. As such, after January 1, 2013, the NREMT recognizes graduates of CAAHEP accredited programs as well as graduates of programs holding a CoAEMSP LoR, as eligible for the national Paramedic certification examinations.
Sponsors & Consortiums
Accredited Paramedic programs are sponsored by colleges, universities, hospitals, clinics, medical centers, U.S. armed forces, governmental educational or medical services, and by consortium. Programs can vary in length and must include an appropriate sequence of classroom, laboratory, hospital, and field internship activities.
If a program is seeking accreditation with a sponsor that is a post-secondary academic institution, the sponsor needs to be accredited by a regional or national institutional accrediting agency (or equivalent) that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The regional or national institutional accrediting agency will be listed here.
State Officials & Program Directors
In an historic move at the NASEMSO (National Association of State EMS Officials) 2010 Annual Meeting, NASEMSO membership voted to support CAAHEP (Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs) as the national EMS programmatic accreditor, as well as to require that all Paramedic education programs be nationally accredited by January 1, 2013 in order for graduates of these programs to be eligible to take the NREMT (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians) Paramedic exam. The review of programs seeking accreditation is based on the CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for Educational Programs in the Emergency Medical Services Professions.
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