For Becoming Accredited
The CoAEMSP has the Letter of Review (LoR) process, which is the official designation that a Paramedic program is in the “Becoming Accredited” process. Read the complete information about Letter of Review on that webpage.
All new programs will follow the same pathway to enter the accreditation system:
Submit the LSSR, along with appropriate fees (i.e., the first CoAEMSP annual fee [prorated by month of LSSR submission], evaluation fee, technology fee). Visit the Fees page for the LSSR Invoice Request Form and information regarding all CoAEMSP Fees. Supplemental LSSR appendices forms are available below should they be needed.
An important step in this process is the early formation of an Advisory Committee to guide the program in its development.
Prepare all your documents carefully and completely before submission. If documents are rejected or incomplete, you will need to re-work and re-submit those documents. Additional Self-Study Report Evaluation fees may apply for EACH re-submission.
For Initial Accreditation
After a program receives the LoR, the program will complete the Initial Accreditation Self-Study Report (ISSR). The ISSR is due no later than 6 months after graduation of that class of students that was first enrolled after the date of issue of the LoR.
The program will submit along with the ISSR the appropriate fees (i.e., evaluation and site visit). CoAEMSP will notify the program if there are exceptions to the flat site visit fee requiring additional payment. Supplemental ISSR appendices forms are available below should they be needed.
Accredited programs will be notified by the CoAEMSP Executive Office approximately 6 months prior to the due date of the self-study report.
The program will submit along with the CSSR the appropriate fees (i.e., evaluation and site visit). CoAEMSP will notify the program if there are exceptions to the flat site visit fee requiring additional payment. Supplemental CSSR appendices forms are available below should they be needed.
New Programs Must Complete a Request for Self-Study Fees Invoice
All new programs must complete and submit this Request Form before payments can be accepted.
Supplemental Self-Study Report (SSR) Forms
Supplemental forms that may be needed for completion of the SSRs:
Student Minimum Competency Matrix and CoAEMSP Recommended Competency Minimums (effective July 1, 2019)
Paramedic Programs seeking and maintaining accreditation awarded by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) must demonstrate compliance with the CAAHEP Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in the Emergency Medical Services Professions. Critical components to this process are demonstrating the program is providing “adequate numbers of patients, proportionally distributed by age-range, chief complaint and interventions in the delivery of emergency care” [CAAHEP Standard III.A.2. Hospital/Clinical Affiliations and Field/Internship Affiliations]; showing progression of learning from the class to the lab to clinical to field to the capstone field internship [III.C.1. Curriculum (Sequencing)]; and establishing a minimum number of patient encounters [III.C.2. Curriculum] prior to program completion. One tool used to demonstrate meeting the CAAHEP Standards is commonly known as CoAEMSP’s Student Minimum Competency (SMC) Matrix [formerly known as Appendix G]. Read the complete document.
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