“Accreditation has allowed our program to reflect on our strengths and weaknesses, and has helped us identify our needs and to get appropriate resources.”

The CSSR and On-Site Review

  • Accredited programs (other than Initial Accreditation) are required to undergo a two-part comprehensive evaluation that includes 1) a written Continuing Accreditation Self Study Report (CSSR) and 2) an on-site review.
  • The CoAEMSP will notify accredited programs of the due date for submission of the CSSR.
  • Upon completion of the comprehensive evaluation, the CoAEMSP formulates a status of public recognition recommendation that is forwarded to CAAHEP, which awards the accreditation for Paramedic programs that meet the Standards.

NOTE: Download and save the CSSR file to your computer, close the web site, then open the saved CSSR file from your computer. Do NOT work on the web version directly (it will not save your work).

Resources

Self-Study Report - Continuing (CSSR)
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UPDATED Process – Request for Approval of a NEW Satellite Location

Do you offer an off-campus location of the Paramedic educational program where students can complete the laboratory (or similar hands-on skills) professional course(s) without attending the main campus?
Are you planning to add a satellite campus? Do you have approval from the CoAEMSP to conduct the cohort of students?

CoAEMSP grants approval for the satellite location, not per cohort. [Effective 9-2018].

If the program sponsor currently has approved satellite(s), it is not required to submit a completed Satellite Approval Request form to start a new cohort. Each satellite is approved until the program notifies CoAEMSP the satellite is no longer being used. The program sponsor will be invoiced for EACH approved satellite location on the CoAEMSP Annual Fee invoice emailed to the program each spring.

To ADD a NEW satellite location, the program sponsor must submit a completed Satellite Approval Request form at least 30 days in advance of the course start date and pay the applicable annual satellite fee for the new location before final approval will be granted.

To Voluntarily Withdraw a satellite location, the program must submit a completed Voluntary Withdrawal of a Satellite Location template letter.

If a satellite location has been voluntarily withdrawn and the sponsor program wishes to utilize the location again, then the program sponsor must reapply and submit a new Request for Approval of a Satellite Location form.

Questions about this change or about the approval process may be directed to Lynn Caruthers at 214-703-8445, ext 115 or lynn@coaemsp.org.

Satellites, Sections, and Alternate Locations

New Requirements Effective January 2021

Resources

For a PDF copy of this information, you may download the following:

Satellites Sections Alternative Locations
Mar-2020 Download

To Voluntarily Withdraw a satellite location, the program must submit a completed Voluntary Withdrawal of a Satellite Location template letter.

To meet the needs of students and stakeholders, accredited programs may develop alternative locations to deliver components of the course or, at times, the entire program. The distinctions and delivery modes can be confusing but are important in program operation and assessment. CAAHEP has recently revised the definition of a satellite which clarifies the structure.

“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. Satellites(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”.

With the revised CAAHEP definition, the CoAEMSP has clarified its policy requirements for satellites, adding a definition for an alternate location as a ‘location that is separate from the main campus of the CAAHEP accredited Paramedic educational program where a portion of the program is conducted which may include skill practice or testing, periodic lecture or other learning activity, or other student assessments’. An alternate location is not a satellite. See CoAEMSP Policy XIII.C.

If you have questions regarding whether a proposed course or location other than the main campus meets one of the previous specifications, contact Lynn Caruthers at lynn@coaemsp.org.

As indicated, satellites must function under the direction of the CAAHEP accredited Paramedic program and cannot operate independently. Important changes to requirements for satellites include the following:

  • Beginning January 1, 2021, programs must hold CAAHEP Accreditation and be in good standing to be eligible to request CoAEMSP approval of a satellite location. Operating a satellite involves unique challenges and the experience of conducting an ‘on-campus’ course is important as the program is established.
  • Due to the distance and separation from the main campus, a Lead Instructor must be appointed and must be responsible for on-site coordination of the entire course. The Lead Instructor must meet all of the CAAHEP Standards. However, individuals who have been in this position with a satellite continuously from date of hire prior to the 2015 CAAHEP Standards who does not meet the Associate Degree requirement prescribed under the current CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines may continue in the role of Lead Instructor with that program, so long as the program continuously maintains CAAHEP accreditation. If there is a change in the Lead Instructor, the new Lead Instructor must meet the 2015 CAAHEP Standards.
  • Students enrolled in a satellite Paramedic program must receive the same level of instruction and evaluation as those students enrolled in the main campus program. Therefore:
    • The curricula, syllabi, scheduled hours and sequencing, student methods of evaluation, and required competencies must be consistent with the main campus.
    • Texts, assignments, and learning management platforms must be consistent regardless of the student location.
    • Other consistencies include the application of program policies and requirements for patient contacts and competencies.
    • Consistent clinical and field internship experiences include preceptor training and faculty monitoring and oversight of the clinical, field experience, and capstone field internship experiences.
    • During the course, student records may be kept on-site at the satellite, however permanent student records are maintained at the main campus.
    • Satellite locations that are located outside of the state in which the main campus is located are subject to additional requirements and the program must ensure that all requirements to operate are approved in advance by the State Office of EMS in which the satellite is located.
    • When the satellite is in a different state from the program, the program is required to have a Medical Director that can legally provide supervision for students in that state. If the program’s Medical Director or Associate Medical Director cannot provide out-of-state supervision, then the sponsor must appoint an Assistant Medical Director (CAAHEP Standard III.B.4). Assistant or Associate Medical Directors must be approved by CoAEMSP.

    A completed CoAEMSP Request for Approval of a Satellite Location form, the annual satellite fee, and approval by the CoAEMSP of the new satellite location are required prior to advertising or enrolling students in a satellite location. If the Program fails to do so, the graduates from the satellite will not be eligible to sit for the NREMT Paramedic credentialing examination. The form can be found at https://coaemsp.org/resource-library.

    Students enrolled at satellite locations are identified as a separate cohort in the CoAEMSP Annual Report. An annual Resource Assessment Matrix (RAM) will be required separately from the main campus.

    The satellite locations are included in the CAAHEP re-accreditation review of the main campus and the site visit team will review and assess the satellites in addition to the main campus. All of the previously mentioned requirements will be evaluated.

    If the program elects to discontinue a satellite location, the program must submit a completed Voluntary Withdrawal of a Satellite Location template letter for each satellite location. Reactivation of satellites at a later date requires the program’s sponsor to submit a new CoAEMSP Request for Approval of a Satellite Location form.

    In summary, oversight of the satellite by the Program Director and Medical Director is critical throughout the course. Any student enrolled in a CAAHEP accredited program has the right to receive the same education program as students at the main campus.

Promoting the Accreditation Status of a Program

According to CAAHEP Policy 302 and CoAEMSP Policy I.13.b. and d., in at least one of its comprehensive publications customarily used to officially convey institutional information, the Program must state the following including the contact information for CAAHEP and CoAEMSP as shown below:

“The [name of program] is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).”

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 U.S. Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
www.caahep.org

Committee on Accreditation for the EMS Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett TX 75088
www.coaemsp.org

CAAHEP Accredited Program Logo Use

If your program is CAAHEP accredited and you would like to include the CAAHEP logo in publications related to that program, CAAHEP policy allows you to do so. The CAAHEP policy on our logo use has been provided below.

If after reading the policy you would like a downloadable version of the CAAHEP logo for use in your publications, you may access it here.

Use of CAAHEP Logo by Programs and Sponsoring Institutions
The CAAHEP logo is the exclusive property of CAAHEP. However, CAAHEP allows accredited programs and their sponsoring institutions to use the CAAHEP logo in publications and displays. The following guidelines must be followed.

  1. The logo must be used in its entirety and not modified except that it may be reduced or enlarged to suit the use, but the scale of the elements should be retained.
  2. It may be reproduced in black and white or in darker shades of blue.
  3. The logo may NOT be used by programs that have applied for, but not yet received accreditation.
  4. When programs are included in the publication and/or display that are not accredited by CAAHEP then accompanying text must be included that makes it clear which programs are CAAHEP accredited.
  5. Use of the logo shall be subject at all times to revocation and withdrawal by CAAHEP when, in its sole judgment, its continued use would not serve the best interests of CAAHEP or the public.