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National Accreditation for EMS

Posted: Aug 25, 2014

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Students enrolled in TMCC's Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Program.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on July 31 has awarded accreditation to the Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Program at Truckee Meadows Community College.

“The recent peer review conducted by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoA EMSP) and CAAHEP’s Board of Directors recognizes the program’s substantial compliance with the nationally established accreditation Standards,” wrote Thomas Skalko, Ph.D., President of CAAHEP in a letter to TMCC.

The accreditation has been awarded for a five-year cycle, with a progress report requested for one subset in validating evaluations of student progress. Accreditations consist of five main areas that are made up of multiple subsets, and test item validation is one of the subsets.

The program's curriculum has been approved by the State of Nevada Health Department, which uses the approved objectives from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“Accreditation is critical, it’s a national standard for paramedic certification and a thorough process to complete,” said Darryl Cleveland, Director of Public and Occupational Safety Programs at TMCC.

Letter of Review and Site Visit led to CAAHEP accreditation

The EMS Program began the process for accreditation with a self-study Letter of Review (LoR) in December 2012. Chief Cleveland joined TMCC in May 2013, updating the Letter and preparing the site visit portion of the accreditation process.

The site visit was conducted by the CoA EMSP in December 2013. There were three site visitors who reviewed every aspect of the program, including documentation and record keeping. They met with college administration, faculty, students and outside partners in paramedic education, such as the hospitals and field EMS providers who mentor clinical and field internships.

The comprehensive visit took place over a two-day period, resulting in a review of site visitors’ findings and suggestions. The team forwarded their conclusion to the CoA EMSP board.

“Our recommendation was made by CoA EMSP to the CAAHEP board in May, and CAAHEP voted to award our accreditation on July 31,” Cleveland said.

The Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Program at TMCC is expanding

TMCC’s Paramedic Program has increased its teaching staff to two full-time instructors and 25 part-time faculty, many of whom also hold jobs actively practicing emergency medicine.

“There will be coming up collaborative projects between the Paramedic and Nursing Programs that will enrich the curriculum for students,” Cleveland said.

TMCC offers coursework in emergency medical services, including:

  • AHA BLS Healthcare Provider CPR
  • First Responder
  • EMT-Basic
  • EMT-Intermediate
  • Paramedic
  • Refresher courses for those who need continuing education

After completing TMCC’s Paramedic Certificate Program, students are eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Paramedic credentialing examinations. There is both a computer-administered written test and a practical component.

TMCC's Emergency Medical Services Department website has more information; or call 775-789-5555.

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