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Standards & Guidelines

PDF   2015 Standards & Guidelines
Effective January 1, 2016

(Please note, if you are looking for the 2005 Standards, click here

Standards & Guidelines Interpretations

PDF   2015 Standards Interpretations

(Please note, if you are looking for the Interpretations of the 2005 Standards, click here

The Interpretations are done through policy. The CoAEMSP Interpretations are NOT part of the Standards and Guidelines document and are subject to change by CoAEMSP. Questions regarding the Interpretations can be directed to the CoAEMSP Executive Office.

Webinars
MOV   Medical Director Responsibilities
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Airway Management

PDF   Airway Resolution
PDF   Airway Management FAQs
PDF   Airway Management Recommendation
PDF   Definition of Airway Competency
PDF   Airway Management Bibliography

Sample Documents

DOC   Consortium Sponsorship agreement sample
PDF   What is a Consortium Anyway, Patricia Tritt, RN MA

Recognized Institutional Accrediting Agencies

Referring to Standard I.A.1.
Access the website listing agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Referring to Standard I.A.3.
For health care organization accreditation, those accrediting agencies need to have "deeming authority" from the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). There are many categories for those agencies. Learn more here: “Policy and Requirements for an Application for Approval of an Accreditation Program.

The CAAHEP Standards for Sponsorship states:
I. Sponsorship
A. Sponsoring Institution


A sponsoring institution must be at least one of the following, and must either award credit for the program or have an articulation agreement with an accredited post-secondary institution:

  1. A post-secondary academic institution accredited by an institutional accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, and authorized under applicable law or other acceptable authority to provide a post-secondary program, which awards a minimum of a diploma/certificate at the completion of the program.

  2. A foreign post-secondary academic institution acceptable to CAAHEP, which is authorized under applicable law or other acceptable authority to provide a postsecondary program, which awards a minimum of a certificate/diploma at the completion of the academic program.

  3. A hospital, clinic or medical center accredited by a healthcare accrediting agency or equivalent that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and authorized under applicable law or other acceptable authority to provide healthcare, and authorized under applicable law or other acceptable authority to provide the post-secondary program, which awards a minimum of a diploma/certificate at the completion of the program.

  4. A governmental (i.e., state, county, or municipal) educational or governmental medical service, and which is authorized by the State to provide initial educational programs, and authorized under applicable law or other acceptable authority to provide the post-secondary program, which awards a minimum of a diploma/certificate at the completion of the program.

  5. A branch of the United States Armed Forces or other Federal agency, which awards a minimum of a certificate/diploma at the completion of the program.

CAAHEP/CoAEMSP Require Publication of Outcomes Results

In January 2015, CAAHEP made a change to Standard V.A.4 in the accreditation Standards for all its professions. The language in the EMS-Paramedic Standards now states:

V. Fair Practices
A. Publications and Disclosure

  1. The sponsor must maintain, and make available to the public current and consistent summary information about student/graduate achievement that includes the results of one or more of the outcomes assessments required in these Standards.

    Guideline: The sponsor should develop a suitable means of communicating to the communities of interest the achievement of students/graduates (e.g. through a website or electronic or printed documents).

For programs to be in compliance with the new Standard, CoAEMSP adopted the following policy:

All programs must publish, preferably in a readily accessible place on their websites, the 3-year review-window average results of the outcomes for: National Registry (or State, as applicable) Written and Practical Exams, Retention, and Positive Placement.

At all times, the published results must be consistent with and verifiable by the online Annual Report of the program.

Each year in the Comments tab of the Annual Report, the program must state the website link (or other publication) where its results are published.

 
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