CoAEMSP Position on
Welcome to CoAEMSP.org!
CoAEMSP.org offers every necessary resource for achieving accreditation
and advancing the success of your educational program!
“The only nationally recognized accreditation available for EMS education is through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)”
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 conducts an in-depth assessment of specialized or professional programs to ensure that education provided meets acceptable levels of quality. The program’s sponsor has already received accreditation (institutional accreditation). 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.
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is a programmatic postsecondary accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA); it carries out its accrediting activities with EMS programs in cooperation with the CoAEMSP.
“It’s impressive that the CoAEMSP is on the cutting edge of evidenced-based accreditation.”
–Comment received from Paramedic programs