Terminal Competency Form
CoAEMSP has developed a Terminal Competency form that programs can use to provide consistent verification of
each student's accomplishment of program competencies. The form documents successful completion of didactic, laboratory, clinical, and field internship components of the curriculum as well as affective learning domain evaluations. It also includes a section for tracking the outcomes of the individual after graduation. The form provides for the signatures of both the Program Director and the Medical Director.
Graduate and Employer Surveys
For each group of graduating students, programs are required to conduct surveys of those graduates and the employers of those graduates within 6-12 months after graduation using the CoAEMSP required graduate survey and employer survey items. Programs may use the CoAEMSP survey as presented or may convert the CoAEMSP items into an electronic format. Programs may add items to a program-developed survey, but cannot delete any CoAEMSP required items.
Attrition/Retention – Student Change Status form
Education programs across the country are being held more accountable for program outcomes, typically including passing rates on credentialing examinations, placement of graduates, and attrition/retention of students. Of these three outcomes, retention of students tends to be the most challenging for programs. The reasons that students leave are many and varied. The CoAEMSP has set the outcomes threshold for retention at 70%.
Programs not meeting this threshold for three years are required to submit a Standard Progress Report to the CoAEMSP Quality Improvement Committee and are asked to identify the primary reasons that students leave the course.
To assist in tracking, a Sample Student Change of Status form is available that identifies academic and non-academic reasons for attrition. This form is not required but can assist the Program in analyzing attrition and developing a plan of action.
Assessment of program resources is to be performed at least annually (Standard III.D) using the Student Resource Survey instrument and the Program Personnel Resource Survey instrument as well as any other program assessment activities. Programs are to use the Resource Assessment Matrix format to define their assessment system, collate the assessment results, and develop action plans to address deficiencies.
To assist program directors with analyzing the data collected from administering student and personnel resource surveys, a Program Resource Surveys Template was created. This spreadsheet tallies numbers from the surveys and prepares the Resource Assessment Matrix for analysis and completion. This tool is offered as a sample and an option for program directors.
Self Study Report Instruments
Programs preparing a self study report for inital accreditation (ISSR) or for continuing accreditation (CSSR) must survey program personnel using the Faculty Evaluation SSR Questionnaire, and must survey students using the Student Evaluation SSR Questionnaire. The Student Evaluation Questionnaire is conducted via SurveyMonkey. The link to the Student Evaluation SSR Questionnaire is automatically provided via email to the program one year in advance and again six months before the due date of the Self Study Report. The Faculty Evaluation SSR Questionnaire results must be kept on file and made available to the site visit team; do not send paper copies to the CoAEMSP.
Patient Encounters Tracking Tools
Tracking patient encounters is an essential factor for accredited Paramedic programs. Several options are available for tracking tools, from individual program developed tools to commercially developed products. Here are two (2) samples of program developed tracking tools using Microsoft© Excel:
Advisory Committee Agenda and Checklist
CoAEMSP has developed an Advisory Committee Agenda and Checklist form that programs can use for their Advisory Committee meetings. The Advisory Committee must meet at least once a year and review the goals, outcomes for the classes, and make recommendations to the program. In addition, Advisory Committee meetings should include a review of minimum competency requirements, including team leads, achievement of goals, analysis of goals, action plans, and results of action, and review the annual report. Advisory Committee meetings must have minutes reflecting the attendees and meaningful discussion and actions during the meeting. The form includes of all these items.