Paramedic Program Receives Accreditation

Article Published: 09/12/2017

It’s official.  EHOVE Adult Career Center’s Emergency Medical Services – Paramedic program was awarded Initial Accreditation the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) in July.

“Accreditation is important because it is an effort to assess the quality of institutions, programs and services, measuring them against agreed-upon standards and thereby assuring that they meet those standards,” said EHOVE EMS Program Coordinator Chris Hafley. 

In Ohio, there are currently 29 nationally accredited (CAAHEP) paramedic training programs.  Program accreditation is designed to support a philosophy of ongoing improvements within a program that will ensure the highest quality education for EMS professionals throughout the country.  

Accreditation in the health-related disciplines also serves a very important public interest.  Along with certification and licensure, accreditation is a tool intended to help assure a well-prepared and qualified workforce providing healthcare services.  The benefits cited most often by accredited programs and “how good is this educational program” include having outside quality improvement, maintaining curriculum currency, and the ability for graduates to obtain employment.  

Candidates that graduate from a CAAHEP accredited paramedic program retain the ability to apply for national EMS certification that will enhance their ability to apply for reciprocity in the majority of states.

A peer review conducted by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) and CAAHEP’s Board of Directors recognizes the program’s substantial compliance with the nationally established accreditation Standards.  EHOVE’s initial accreditation status has been granted until July 31, 2022.

In 2010, the Ohio State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services (EMFTS) adopted the national accreditation of the state’s paramedic training programs.  National accreditation allows mobility and professional recognition, as well as comparability which improves emergency preparedness.  The adoption requires all Ohio accredited paramedic training programs become nationally accredited through the Commision on Accreditation for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP) by January 1, 2018.  

CoAEMSP have proposed a model that is a systematic approach to EMS education and licensure which is built on the National EMS Educational Standard and national education program accreditation.  EMS joins all other licensed health care professions in requiring graduation from a nationally accredited school.  The examination recognize for Ohio paramedic certification will continue to be administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).

EMS Education Agenda for the Future: A systems Approach calls for “A single national accreditation agency … identified and accepted by state regulatory offices” and certification based upon successful completion of a nationally accredited program of instruction.   The Education Agenda’s goal for national EMS certification is based on programmatic accreditation and became operational January 1, 2013, when nearly ¾ of the states and US territories required that paramedic programs be nationally accredited and the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) implements programmatic accreditation as an eligibility requirement for National EMS Certification at the paramedic level.

EHOVE Adult Career Center’s Paramedic Program began the national accreditation process in December 2012 by submitting to The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) the programs Letter of Review (LoR).  The Letter of Review (LoR) process is the official designation that a Paramedic program is working toward becoming accredited.

Programmatic accreditation examines specific schools or programs within an educational institution.  The standards by which these programs are measured have generally been developed by the professionals involved in each discipline and are intended to reflect what a person needs to know and be able to do to function successfully within the profession.  

For more information, contact EHOVE Adult Career Center at 419-499-4663 x362.