Archived Webinar: Pitfalls of Tracking Student Progress

One of the more important requirements of accreditation is a program’s ability to track and document student progress throughout the program. This session will reveal pitfalls that have been discovered during the accreditation process and is designed to promote discussion on how to address the identified concerns and identify solutions that could be implemented by programs to improve their tracking.

Doug York, NRP, PS (NAEMT)


Best Practices: Pitfalls of Tracking Student Progress
Jul-2020 Download
Slides: Pitfalls of Tracking Student Progress
Jul-2020 Download

Virtual CAAHEP Accreditation Workshop for Paramedic Programs

Thursday, August 20, 2020

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central Time


Friday, August 21, 2020

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central Time

You’ll need a computer with a camera and a microphone. For a more effective workshop interaction and to allow for a realistic, participatory experience, attendees must join with audio and video.

Virtual Workshop Description & Objectives

This virtual workshop is designed to educate attendees on the 2015 CAAHEP Standards and the accreditation process, enhancing the accreditation knowledge of Paramedic program faculty. Through the use of expert presentations and interactive group learning activities, the workshop will provide best practices to avoid common stumbling blocks.

The following will be addressed:

  • Overview of the accreditation process
  • Resources
  • CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines (2015)
  • CoAEMSP Interpretations of the 2015 CAAHEP Standards
  • Site Visits
  • Site Visit Findings Letters & Progress Reports
  • Annual Reports
  • Deal Breakers & Other Stumbling Blocks

Virtual Workshop Requirements

There is required advanced work in preparation for the workshop; allow three hours to complete the webinars and the associated assignments. The advanced work will be made available on July 24. 


The virtual workshop will then take place on Thursday, August 20 and Friday, August 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central Time each day.

9:45 a.m. – Virtual classroom opens; optional pre-session familiarization on using Zoom
10:00 a.m. – Online workshop starts
10:05 a.m. – “Doors close” to online workshop
2:00 p.m. – Closing and adjourn

Tech Requirements for the Online Workshop

This online workshop will use Zoom.

For a more uniform participant experience, please plan to join from a computer with a large screen rather than a phone. (More limited phone apps tend to have less functionality; while they’re ok for watching video, they’re less well suited to actual meetings.)

You’ll need a computer with a camera and a microphone. For a more effective workshop interactions and to allow for a realistic, participatory experience, attendees must join with audio and video.

Virtual Workshop Registration Information

Space is limited! There is only room for 25 attendees. The first 25 attendees to register and pay in full are guaranteed a spot.

  • The registration fee is $200. Payment is required at the time of registration.
  • Payment will only be accepted via PayPal. (No PayPal account is required.)
  • Registration fee must be paid at time of registration, there is no holding a spot.
  • Registration closes August 6, 2020, at 5:00 pm Central Time – or – when all seats have been reserved, whichever comes first.
  • Cancellations are subject to a $50 cancellation fee. Any cancellations made within 14 days of the workshop will not be refunded, and cannot be applied to a future workshop.
  • Fees paid to ACCREDITCON in 2020 and deferred to 2021 cannot be applied to this workshop.

Webinars: Educational Opportunities on Accreditation

Yearning to learn more about accreditation? Join us for complimentary webinars facilitated by CoAEMSP staff and volunteer leadership. Registration is limited to the first 500 people to register. Each webinar will seek the audience’s involvement and offer opportunities to share best practices and ask questions.

If you have a topic you would like the CoAEMSP to consider hosting a webinar on, please email

July 16
Getting Started: An Action Plan for CAAHEP Accreditation
Pat Tritt

Often the hardest part of any project is organizing a plan to get started. The action plan the CoAEMSP has developed breaks the activities into phases and identifies the activity and associated resources, such as the location on the CoAEMSP website that will provide the necessary information. We will share best practices for developing and implementing an action plan for your program’s next comprehensive review, from writing the self-study report through to responding to the site visit findings.


July 23
How to Use the Executive Analysis (EA)
Jeff McDonald & Doug York

Ever wondered what the best steps are after you receive the Executive Analysis (EA) for the program’s self-study report? After the initial shock that your self-study report wasn’t as perfect as you thought it’s time to look at the EA as a tool that can make the site visit go from stressful to just another visit by friends. The CoAEMSP returns the EA to the program as a tool to allow the program time to correct areas of concern identified in the self-study report, in order to improve the overall outcome of the accreditation process.

Join us for an informative webinar that addresses the best ways to put the Executive Analysis to work for you. We will look at how the EA is developed and talk about what we, the Reader, see in the self-study report. We will look at the more common areas of concern; and just maybe we’ll take some of the blame for simply not understanding your answers to the questions we asked. In the end, we hope you will see the EA as a tool to improve the ease of your site visit and make your journey through the accreditation process as smooth as possible.


July 30
How to Use the Interpretations
Mike Miller & Joe Mistovich

The CoAEMSP has adopted through policies interpretations of the CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in the Emergency Medical Services Professions. The purpose of the interpretations is to assist Paramedic programs in understanding and maintaining compliance with the new CAAHEP Standards. The interpretations include examples of how programs may choose to demonstrate compliance with each standard. We will share best practices on how your program can use the interpretations to its advantage.


August 13
Clinical Coordination
Pat Tritt

Hospital clinical rotations, field experience, and capstone field internship have the potential to be incredibly rich experiences for students where they have the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom. Coordinating the schedules is only one aspect of clinical coordination. Selecting appropriate sites, matching students to preceptors, monitoring student attainment of competencies, clinical supervision, and communicating with students and preceptors are all important components. We will explore current challenges in clinical education and best practices in managing the clinical coordination component of the Paramedic educational program.


September 3
Ask the CoA
Paul Berlin & George Hatch

Chair of the Board Chief Paul Berlin and Executive Director Dr. George Hatch will provide an update on the activities of the Committee on Accreditation of EMS Professions (CoAEMSP) and discuss the strategic outlook of the organization moving EMS education via credible education.

This is an opportunity to discuss issues, including hearing from the CoAEMSP’s communities of interest on topics of importance; seeking an understanding of the goals and values of the CoAEMSP; asking questions of the CoAEMSP leadership and give feedback; informing Paramedic educational programs about emerging issues in accreditation; informing the CoAEMSP about emerging issues from the perspective of programs; gauging where the communities of interest stand on certain subjects; and serving as a place to identify possible solutions to a problem.


Archived Webinar: Assessing Resources: Why is it important and how to incorporate it into your program

Programs are required to evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of their resources. This session will identify resources an EMS program must assess and tools to support the program’s assessment. We will dive deeper into what it means to assess resources, what tools to use, and how often a program should assess its resources. This webinar is targeted for EMS educators of all levels.

George Hatch, EdD, LP, EMT-P, Executive Director
Jeff McDonald, MEd, NRP, Board Member
Michael Miller, EdD, RN, Board Member
Patricia Tritt, MA, RN, Technical Consultant
Jennifer Anderson Warwick, MA, Accreditation Consultant


Archived Webinar: Lessons Learned by Paramedic Programs: Early Takeaways from COVID-19


Session Discussion: Lessons Learned by Paramedic Programs: Early Takeaways from COVID-19
May-2020 Download
May-2020 Download

How are Paramedic programs responding to COVID-19? What lessons are being learned? Join the CoAEMSP leadership for an interactive session on lessons learned by Paramedic programs and early takeaways. Share your program’s lessons learned and hear what other programs are doing. You just might walk away with more ideas for your program!

Topics discussed will be driven by the guests, but may include: remote examination; campus closures; communicating with students, State Offices of EMS, administration, state higher education authorities and institutional accreditors; developing written action plans; keeping students who are paused engaged; availability of lab, clinical, and capstone field internship.

COVID-19: a conversation with CoAEMSP leadership

CoAEMSP has provided opportunities for programs and state offices of EMS to participate in conversation with leadership about the latest statement, and the recently released FAQs. Dr. George Hatch, Executive Director of the CoAEMSP, and several board members will facilitate the conversation.

Watch the recorded webinars here.


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Programs Requested to Pay Invoices via ACH

Staff Contact: Heather Parker, or 214-703-8445, x116

In an effort to save time, streamline processes, reduce data entry, and eliminate additional processing fees, the CoAEMSP is encouraging all programs to pay invoices via ACH, Automated Clearing House. ACH payments are electronic payments that transfer funds directly from a checking account to the payee. Instead of writing out and mailing a paper check, the money moves automatically.

You may pay invoices by Automated Clearing House (ACH) or the View and Pay Invoice option that will appear in the email with the invoice. Credit cards are not accepted. The CoAEMSP will accept checks; however, know that we are moving toward requiring all payments to be made via ACH or View and Pay.

All programs selecting to pay by ACH should email a payment advice to [A payment advice provides the details on a payment and provides advance notice to the recipient.]

The advantages of paying via ACH or the View and Pay Invoice are:

  • Pay directly through the invoice
  • Secure environment
  • Payment processes in 3 days instead of 3 weeks (checks)
  • Automatically applies to the invoice (less data entry errors)