The CoAEMSP Annual Report (2021)

The Annual Report tool is 1) based on a calendar year, and 2) data reported is for graduates and events occurring in the calendar year of the report.

The Annual Report is based on the 2019 calendar year and its graduates and is due May 15, 2021. The due date allows the program at a minimum of 18 months to gather all relevant data and sufficient time to send out and collect results for the Graduate and Employer Surveys for the applicable annual report year.

Paramedic educational programs are required to submit an annual report that encompasses the following three (3) key metrics:

  1. Retention
  2. Positive Placement
  3. Success on the credentialing written (cognitive) exam.

All CAAHEP accredited, and CoAEMSP Letter of Review (LoR) programs are required to complete the Annual Report and publish the outcomes from their annual report on their website. Outcomes will be for the year reported (and no longer based on a 3-year average).

As the CoAEMSP continues to become more outcomes-oriented in its approach to EMS education, evaluating identified outcomes measures becomes increasingly important.


Slides: The CoAEMSP Annual Report (2021)
Feb-2021 Download

Assessing and Documenting the Progression of Learning

Your site visitors inquire how you document the progression of student learning. What are they asking for and how can you demonstrate that your program is not just focused on checking the boxes, but on communication among faculty, including the Medical Director, and monitoring student progression in attaining competencies in the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective domains?


Slides: Assessing and Documenting the Progression of Learning
Feb-2021 Download
Article: Assessing and Documenting the Progression of Learning
Feb-2021 Download

Upcoming Webinars

  • Virtual Office Hours
    last Wednesday of the month (2021: February 24, March 31, April 28, May 26, June 30)
    4:00-5:00p Central Time

Open to Everyone!

To support program directors in navigating accreditation as an everyday activity, the CoAEMSP staff is introducing “Virtual Office Hours,” an open time when program directors, deans, medical directors, and lead instructors can drop into a Zoom call with staff without scheduling a meeting.

To do so, simply click the Zoom link below. You can ask questions or seek guidance about accreditation or any other challenges–we are here to support you!

Nuanced or confidential questions should be addressed with the appropriate staff person outside “Virtual Office Hours.”

“Virtual Office Hours” are limited to the first 100 to join, which will allow two-way communication.

To join via your web browser:

To join via the Zoom app: Meeting ID: 865 6111 2834

Virtual Site Visitor Panel

CoAEMSP has conducted 11 virtual site visits (v-SV) to date, and we are continuing with them in 2021. At this time, it is unknown when we will resume the residential SV.

To support the increased number of v-SV, more site visitors are needed. Recognizing v-SV is not a good fit for everyone, no one is required to conduct a v-SV; conducting a v-SV and the expectations of a site visitor are different than the residential site visit.

A panel discussion was held on January 11 with the site visitors who have conducted a v-SV. They shared their experiences, educated fellow site visitors on the v-SV, and answered questions. They shared their lessons learned, including the expectations in advance of the site visit, characteristics of the ideal site visitor in the virtual realm, and described how the actual v-SV is conducted.

Anyone considering the v-SV cadre is required to attend or watch the panel discussion.

CoAEMSP is Looking for an Assistant Director of Accreditation Services

Applications are now being accepted for Assistant Director of Accreditation Services for the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP), the professional organization that provides services for national accreditation of Paramedic educational programs under the auspices of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Qualifications for the position include a highly motivated, organized individual dedicated to the mission of the CoAEMSP; a Master’s degree (or higher) from an accredited post-secondary academic institution; current state or national Paramedic certification; strong working knowledge of the accreditation process; experience in leadership roles, management, and the site visit process; and extensive work in Paramedic education.

To be considered for the position, please send a letter of intent and a résumé or curriculum vitae by February 15, 2021.

The review of candidates will begin February 15, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled on or after July 1, 2021.

CoAEMSP Position Announcement | Assistant Director
Jan-2021 Download
CoAEMSP Position Description | Assistant Director
Jan-2021 Download


Preceptor Training Practices


Slides: Preceptor Training Practices
Dec-2020 Download
Practices: Preceptor Training Practices
Dec-2020 Download

Speaker: Lori Burns
Moderator: Jennifer Anderson Warwick

Recorded December 2, 2020

Accredited Paramedic educational programs must ensure that clinical and field educators who evaluate students have completed preceptor orientation/training. Sometimes the program provides that orientation/training directly and other times the clinical site or field agency provides their own program. How can a program director ensure that quality training is provided, and all preceptors complete this orientation/training? Learn about how other programs structure their preceptor orientation/training, track completions, and ensure quality with outside agency training. Discuss issues around preceptor competency and maintenance of training over time.

Satellites and Alternate Locations


Slides: Satellites and Alternate Locations
Nov-2020 Download

Speakers: Patricia Tritt, Lisa Collard
Moderator: Jennifer Anderson Warwick

Recorded on November 18

To meet the needs of students and stakeholders, accredited programs may develop alternate 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.

Join Pat and Lisa as they articulate the distinction between satellites and alternate locations and walk you through the steps to gain approval for satellites and alternate locations.