Training and Education
The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system is designed to provide people with sudden life-threatening emergencies with quick, effective medical care at the scene, during transport and at the appropriate treatment facility. In Pennsylvania, accidental injury is the leading cause of death for persons under 40 years of age.
For those over 40 years of age, heart disease is the major killer. Many of these deaths can be prevented when the patient receives prompt emergency medical care. Time is the most important factors during a medical emergency. Training for such a demanding profession requires a wealth of resources including up-to-date, modern facilities and equipment as well as experienced professionals to deliver the course material.
The Montgomery County Public Safety Training Center (EMS Training Institute) is accredited by the Pennsylvania Dept. of Health, Bureau of EMS, as well as the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
Program accreditation is designed to support our philosophy of on-going quality improvement activities within our EMS training programs that will ensure the highest quality education for EMS professionals throughout the state.
Nationally Recognized Standards
The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) is the largest programmatic accreditor in the allied health sciences field. Currently, the only nationally recognized accreditation available for EMS education is through CAAHEP’s Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
Although CAAHEP is the actual accrediting agency, the CoAEMSP has been representing the EMS profession since the Paramedic was recognized as an allied health occupation by the American MedicalAssociation in 1975.
What is accreditation?
Accreditation normally applies to the evaluation of programs, departments, or schools which usually are parts of a total collegiate or other postsecondary institution. The National Education Agenda’s goal for national EMS certification is based on programmatic accreditation and requires 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.
Why should you care?
¨National EMS Program Accreditation of paramedic education is the way to enhance the profession by bringing EMS to an educational par with other allied health professions.
¨Graduates from CAAHEP accredited EMS programs are ensured continued access to the national EMS certification process and enhanced mobility (i.e. reciprocity) among states that require programmatic accreditation.
¨Graduates from non-accredited programs will only eligible for that state’s certification/licensure. In other words, they are ineligible for national certification at the paramedic level.
**Graduates from non-accredited programs are limited in their ability to apply for reciprocity in most states.
The Montgomery County Public Safety Training Center (EMS Institute) Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).