Syllabi, an Important Tool! Wednesday, July 24, @12 PM Central Time

A well-written syllabus serves as a roadmap for students that details course expectations, requirements for success, and student expectations and responsibilities. The syllabus summarizes course topics and objectives required for successful completion. Think of the syllabus as the ‘CliffsNotes®’ detailing course instruction and instructor information. For some Paramedic programs, the question is often, ‘How many courses and syllabi are appropriate?’ Format, content, and an appropriate number of effective syllabi will be discussed during this session.

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Getting Ready for AEMT Voluntary Accreditation, Thursday, June 13 @1 PM Central Time

CoAEMSP will begin accepting applications for Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) voluntary programmatic accreditation on January 1, 2025.

What can you do now to get ready for the accreditation process?

Do you need more information regarding voluntary accreditation before you can make a decision? 

Are you a Program Director who is new to accreditation and wondering where to begin?

We will tackle all of that in this webinar, starting with an overview of the accreditation process – how it works, why it matters, and most importantly, what value it adds to your program. Then, we will review some of the specifics, including the CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines, CoAEMSP Policies and Procedures, and Student Minimum Competency requirements.

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Also, be sure to check out the for more information on AEMT voluntary accreditation.

Conversation with American Sirens Author Kevin Hazzard on the Incredible Story of the Black Men Who Became America’s First Paramedics

Kevin Hazzard is a journalist, TV writer, and former paramedic who has written an essential book – American Sirens – chronicling the often overlooked and unknown origins of the paramedic profession.

The story begins in 1968 when twenty-four Black men in Pittsburgh started a revolution in emergency medicine. They were the first to show that medicine could be practiced in the back of an ambulance … and that lives could be saved by professionalizing medical transport.

They were the world’s first paramedics. And until Kevin’s book, they were largely erased from history.

Join Dr. George Hatch for an intimate conversation with Kevin Hazzard, where they discuss the importance of those early days, including the long odds and fierce opposition the early paramedics faced in the waning years of the civil rights era. And they will consider the implications of our shared history for the future of emergency medicine. This is one webinar you will not want to miss.

Implementing the 2023 CAAHEP Standards & Guidelines for the EMS Professions

Recorded on Nov. 8, 2023

Facilitators:
Michael Miller, EdD, RN, NRP, Assistant Director, CoAEMSP
Patricia Tritt, MA, RN, Technical Consultant, CoAEMSP

  • Learn the implementation schedule
  • Identify the changes to the CAAHEP Standards & Guidelines
  • Discuss best practices for implementing the revised CAAHEP Standards & Guidelines

The revised CAAHEP Standards for Paramedic programs, effective January 1, 2024, are posted here.

Resources

2023 CAAHEP Standards & Guidelines - high-level overview of modifications
Nov-2023 Download
Slides: 2023 CAAHEP Standards & Guidelines Implementation
Nov-2023 Download

Site Visit Orientation for Program Directors (virtual)

(24 mins)

Resources

Site Visit Orientation for Program Directors (virtual)
Jul-2023 Download

Site Visit Orientation for Program Directors (on-campus)

(15 mins)

Resources

Site Visit Orientation for Program Directors (on-campus)
Jul-2023 Download

Continuous Quality Review: Strategies to Improve the Educational Program

Recorded August 2, 2023

Facilitators:
Patricia Tritt, MA, RN, Technical Consultant, CoAEMSP
Lisa Collard, AS, Assistant to Executive Director, CoAEMSP

Programs should evaluate their services in a variety of ways, obtaining input from multiple sources. Assessment methods include resource assessment tools; regular surveys or evaluations from students; end-of-program evaluations from students; evaluations from students on specific clinical and field internship rotations and preceptors; comments from students, faculty, employers, and Advisory Committee members; CoAEMSP Annual Report; and use of tools such as a SWOT analysis (strength, weaknesses, opportunities, threats). These processes are all part of quality assessment and review and provide the basis for long-range planning. This presentation will review available tools, appropriate intervals, and best practices from participants.

  • Describe various methods used to evaluate the effectiveness of their EMS educational program.
  • Identify which evaluation tools are required by CoAEMSP for program and student evaluation.
  • List the timing of the required evaluation tools.

Resources

Aug-2023 Download

Fair Practices, CAAHEP Standard V

Recorded June 28, 2023

Facilitators:
Michael Miller, EdD, RN, NRP, Assistant Director, CoAEMSP
Thomas Platt, EdD, NRP, Associate Dean for Academic Partnerships, University of Pittsburgh

Objectives:

  • Define the term fair practices.
  • Analyze the components of the CAAHEP Standards regarding fair practices.
  • Explain the importance of fair practices.

Description:
Fair practices encompass a variety of responsibilities an educational program must provide to prospective and enrolling students. Clear and accurate information allows students to make informed decisions regarding the policies and procedures, and outcomes performance of the program. Have you ever had a student seek to challenge a grade? What kind of process does your program have to guide the student through such a situation? Other than tuition, are all the costs associated with attending and successfully completing the program well-defined? Join us as we review the important components of the CAAHEP Standards regarding fair practices designed to protect students and the program.

Resources

Slides: Fair Practices, CAAHEPStandard V
Jun-2023 Download