Glossary of Terms

A list of terms and expressions commonly used in CAAHEP accreditation.

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Accreditation

is granted by CAAHEP when a program is in substantial compliance with the accreditation Standards. It remains in effect until due process has demonstrated cause for its withdrawal.

Accreditation Standards

The CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in the Emergency Medical Services Professions.

Administrative Probation

is conferred when a program has not complied with administrative requirements.

Attrition

The percentage of students in a given class who started on the enrollment date, but are no longer enrolled in the program and who the program does not believe have a reasonable likelihood of returning. The Committee requires programs to report attrition in the categories of”]

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eral education courses, and professional courses.

Campus-based Program

A Paramedic program that has a primary location (campus) where groups of students attend at least the laboratory (or similar hands-on skills) professional course(s) of the program. The location would typically be where the Program Director is based. The curriculum may be offered in different scheduling venues (i.e., day, evening, and/or weekend).

Capstone Experience

Activities occurring toward the end of the educational process to allow students to develop and practice high-level decision making by integrating and applying their Paramedic learning.

CAAHEP

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. It accredits Paramedic programs upon the recommendation of CoAEMSP.

CHEA

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation. CAAHEP is recognized by CHEA in the category of “Specialized and Professional Accrediting Organization”.

Citation

A statement describing non-compliance with an accreditation Standard. The citation includes the text of the relevant Standard, the Rationale for the non-compliance, and the Suggested Documentation to address the non-compliance.

Clinical Experience

Planned, scheduled, educational student experience with patient contact activities in settings, such as hospitals, clinics, free-standing emergency centers, and may include field experience.

CoAEMSP

Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions.

Consortium Sponsor

An entity consisting of two or more members that exists for the purpose of operating an educational program. [See accreditation Standard I.B]

Continuing Accreditation

is granted to a program when it is re-evaluated at specified intervals.

Day Venue

An offering of a Paramedic program in which a cohort of students is expected to complete Paramedic program requirements primarily during the “day” hours as defined by the sponsor.

Distance Education – Method of Instruction

A formal educational process in which the majority of synchronous and asynchronous instruction occurs when student and instructor are not in the same place. Distance education includes, but is not limited to, correspondence study, or audio, video, and/or computer/internet technologies.

Distance Education Program

Delivery of the complete program that allows the completion of the entire curriculum without the need to attend any instruction on a campus location. (Note: This delivery is not hybrid or partial e-learning delivery).

Enrolled

Registered for and participating in academic course(s).

Evening Venue

An offering of a Paramedic program, in which, a cohort of students is expected to complete the Paramedic program requirements primarily during the “evening” hours as defined by the sponsor.

Field Experience

Planned, scheduled, educational student time spent on an EMS unit, which may include observation and skill development, but which does not include field internship (capstone) team leading and does not contribute to the CoAEMSP definition of field internship.

Field Internship

Planned, scheduled, educational student time on an advanced life support (ALS) unit responsible for responding to critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system to develop and evaluate team leading skills. The primary purpose of field internship is a capstone experience managing the Paramedic level decision-making associated with pre-hospital patients.

Inactive (voluntary) Status

Programs with continuing accreditation may request a period of inactive status. No students may be enrolled or be matriculated in the program during the time period in which the program is inactive. A program may remain inactive for up to two (2) years, after which, if not re-activated, will have accreditation voluntarily withdrawn.

Initial Accreditation

The first status of accreditation granted to a program that has demonstrated substantial compliance with CAAHEP Standards. Initial accreditation for Paramedic programs is for a period of five (5) years. At the end of the allotted time, the program may be recommended for continuing accreditation or probationary accreditation. If no such recommendation is forthcoming, the Initial Accreditation will automatically expire. A program may request reconsideration of CoAEMSP’s decision to allow Initial Accreditation to expire. However, the CoAEMSP’s final decision is not appealable.

Lead Instructor

If a majority of an individual instructor’s duties include teaching, paramedic or AEMT course(s) and/or assisting in coordination of the didactic, lab, clinical, and/or field internship instruction, he or she is considered a lead instructor.

Learning Domains

Categories of teaching/learning/evaluation consisting of cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior).

Letter of Review (LoR)

A CoAEMSP status signifying that a program seeking Initial Accreditation has demonstrated sufficient compliance with the CAAHEP Standards through the Letter of Review Accreditation Self Study Report (LSSR) and other documentation.

Main-campus

The location designated by the sponsor as the primary location of the program and where students attend to complete the laboratory (or similar hands-on skills) professional courses of the curriculum.

Matriculated

Officially recognized by a post-secondary academic institution as admitted to and pursuing a degree or certificate in a particular course of study.

National Accreditation

See “Accreditation”

Probationary Accreditation

A temporary status of accreditation granted when a program does not continue to meet accreditation Standards, but should be able to meet them within the specified time.

Program

A system of Paramedic curriculum delivery that meets all provisions of the Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in the Emergency Medical Services Professions.

Retention

A percentage of students who started on the enrollment date (who began Paramedic coursework) who are enrolled, graduated, or stopped-out (i.e., reasonably expected to re-enroll at a later date).

Satellite

off-campus location(s) that are advertised or otherwise made known to individuals outside the sponsor. The off-campus location(s) must offer all the professional didactic (which may include any distance education delivery modality) and laboratory content of the program. Satellite(s) are included in the CAAHEP accreditation of the sponsor and function under the direction of the Key Personnel of the program. The CoAEMSP may establish additional requirements that are consistent with CAAHEP Standards and policies (see also CAAHEP Policy 209 B Alternative Models of Education – Satellites).

Scheduling Venue

The time of day and/or days of the week when Paramedic curriculum is offered. A campus-based Paramedic program may be offered in any of the following venues – day, evening, and/or weekend.

Section

The delivery of the program to a distinct cohort of students who attend the main-campus for one or more of the laboratory (or similar hands-on skills) professional course(s) of the curriculum. A cohort may be distinguished by time of day for primary completion of the curriculum (e.g., day vs evening), by day of the week for primary completion of the curriculum (e.g. weekday vs weekend), or by contract with a third party for a specified group of students (e.g. employees of a municipal fire service). Each section is reported as a separate enrolled class in the Annual Report. The section would have the same curriculum and same graduation requirements.

Standards

The CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in the Emergency Medical Services Professions, which are the minimum requirements to which an accredited program is held accountable.

Syllabus

A document that describes a body of instruction (e.g., course). It must include learning goals, course objectives, and competencies required for graduation (Standard III.C), but often includes the course description, days/times of class meetings, required textbooks and other reference materials, attendance policy, evaluations (e.g., test, quizzes, projects, research papers), grading policy, ADA statement, content outline, and weekly topic outline.

Team Lead

Occurs during the capstone field internship experience in which students apply the concepts acquired and demonstrate that they have achieved the terminal goals for learning established by their educational program, and are able to demonstrate entry- level competency in the profession including the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains. The capstone experience occurs after the didactic, lab and clinical, and optional field experience components have been completed and of sufficient volume to show competence in a wide range of clinical situations. A successful team lead should be clearly defined for preceptors and students to assist in inter-rater reliability.

Terminal Competencies

The activities required to successfully complete the Paramedic program.

Venue

See Scheduling Venue

Weekend Venue

An offering of a Paramedic program, in which, a cohort of students is expected to complete the Paramedic program requirements primarily during the “weekend” hours as defined by the sponsor.

Withdrawal of Accreditation-Involuntary

is conferred when a program is no longer in compliance with the accreditation Standards.

Withdrawal of Accreditation-Voluntary

is granted when a sponsor notifies CAAHEP that its program(s) be removed from CAAHEP.

Withhold of Accreditation

is conferred when a program seeking Initial Accreditation is not in compliance with the accreditation Standards.