This Video Explains the Importance of Accreditation
The Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) has produced a short video on the importance of accreditation. The video also includes a description of the difference between institutional and programmatic accreditation.
ASPA is an association of organizations that evaluate the quality of programs in higher education for more than 100 different professions and specialized disciplines – from nursing to architecture, and physical therapy to engineering.
We encourage you to include this important video on your websites and in other forms of communication!
U.S. Department of Labor
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U.S. Department of Education
Potential Paramedic Students
Programs of instruction beginning after January 1, 2013 must be accredited. Learn more.
What you need to know when considering a career as a paramedic and evaluating programs for enrollment. Learn more.
The school you want to attend may be accredited, but what about the EMS-Paramedic educational program itself? Watch the video “Specialized and Professional Accreditation: What should I know?” produced by the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA).
To find an accredited Paramedic program near you, search by state by clicking here.
An opportunity For Minority, Low-income, and At-risk Youth to Become EMTs
The St. Paul Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Academy provides an opportunity for minority, low-income, and at-risk youth of St. Paul to be trained as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Tuition, textbooks, and uniforms are all provided by the Academy, and an hourly wage is typically included. The affiliated Ambulance Service provides invaluable work experience to Academy graduates. In addition to providing jobs, the Academy creates culturally aware and multi-lingual EMTs who reflect their community’s population and better serve the community.