NEMSMA Unveils the American College of Paramedic Executives (ACPE)

After nearly a decade of work the National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) is pleased to announce that the commission created to oversee credentialing activities will be henceforth known as the American College of Paramedic Executives or ACPE. The college will oversee the process by which individuals can become certified as supervising, managing, and executive paramedic officers.

The ACPE represents the establishment of the first professional college within the field of paramedicine in the United States. Leadership of the college is entrusted to a 13-member commission of distinguished EMS leaders from across America. The ACPE in cooperation with NEMSMA will be responsible for upholding the standards for paramedic officers through a rigorous multi-level credentialing process. Individuals that become certified as executive paramedic officers will be granted the status of Fellow in the American College of Paramedic Executives.  More information on the officer credentialing program can be found at


About The National EMS Management Association

The National EMS Management Association (NEMSMA) is a professional association of EMS leaders dedicated to the discovery, development, and promotion of excellence in leadership and management in EMS systems, regardless of EMS system model, organizational structure or agency affiliation. NEMSMA is an inclusive organization of EMS leaders and managers where all are welcomed regardless of organizational size, corporate structure, ownership, or philosophy. 

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NEMSMA maintains the practice of out-of-hospital medical care by EMTs and Paramedics should collectively be referred to as “paramedicine”. Paramedicine includes the practices of EMS, ambulance transportation, critical care transport, and community paramedicine. Additionally, the term “paramedic” is used to refer to all practitioner levels including: EMT, AEMT, Paramedic, as well as other titles that vary by state. This naming convention is in keeping with the nomenclature adopted by other English-speaking countries including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand for the purposes of better identifying our profession to the public.   

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