New Letter of Review for EMS Program Accreditation

The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP) has posted a Letter of Review Process on the CoA website (www.coaemsp.org) designed to be used by the CoA and the National Registry of EMTs to determine compliance with the end of 2012 deadline for EMS program accreditation as described by the Education Agenda for the Future: A Systems Approach.

 

A program that qualifies for a Letter of Review (LOR) must still complete the entire process to demonstrate substantial compliance with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) accreditation standards. The LOR doesn’t guarantee an award of accreditation. Nor does holding a LOR signify that the program is making satisfactory progress in the accreditation process.

 

A process has been developed to determine whether an institution qualifies to receive a LoR. Investigations are conducted for accreditation, including site visit, findings letter, CoAEMSP action and Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) vote in accordance with regular procedure.

 

As such, after Jan. 1, 2013, the NREMT will recognize graduates of CAAHEP accredited programs as well as graduates of programs holding a CoAEMSP LOR, as eligible for the national paramedic certification examinations.

 

The LOR process will be the official designation that a paramedic program is in the “becoming accredited” process. The LOR was developed in consultation with the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). The CoAEMSP board includes representatives from its 13 sponsoring organizations.

 

Any student who graduates from a program that holds or held a LOR any time during that student’s enrollment, will be considered eligible for the NREMT paramedic examinations. CoAEMSP and NREMT will be in close communication to maintain the list of programs holding a LOR and the students enrolled during that time.

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