Accreditation is both a status and a process. As a status, accreditation provides public notification that an institution or a program meets standards of quality set forth by an accrediting agency. As a process, it consists of ongoing evaluation, and frequent program improvement. Accreditation is a signature of training excellence achieved through strict compliance to the highest standards.
Click here for a YouTube video helps make the distinction between institutional and programmatic accreditation. For example, the school you want to attend may be accredited, but the EMS educational program itself may not be.
The video "Specialized and Professional Accreditation: What should I know?" is produced by the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA).
Through the process of accreditation, the Office of Emergency Medical Services assesses programmatic compliance with published administrative and academic standards. Providing appropriate standards, guidelines and regulations are key elements in achieving these goals. Additionally, accreditation and a commitment to require both ethical business and educational practices, promotes organizational effectiveness.
Accreditation examines and evaluates resources, processes, outputs, and outcomes of existing programs, departments, or schools that are parts of an institution following Department standards. A training institution is defined as an established organization or foundation that gives practical, vocational, and technical instruction. The accredited unit may be as large as a college or a school within a university. An accredited unit may also be as small as a curriculum within a discipline, or even EMT training programs within professional schools or other specialized or vocational institutions. Some accredited programs may be free-standing in their operations, as well as EMT educational programs within non-educational settings such as hospitals.
The goals of EMS training program accreditation are as follows:
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If you have questions about accreditation or the accreditation process, please feel free to contact Debbie Akers via e-mail or call 800-523-6019.