At its meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana on July 24, 2019, the Board of Directors of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) granted continuing accreditation to the EMS - Paramedic program at Northeast Alabama Community College. The CAAHEP Board acted upon the accreditation recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).
“We are very proud of our students and staff for achieving this high standard,” stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell. “We want to provide the very best emergency training for our students and this accreditation demonstrates that we do. Program Director Tom Dixon did an outstanding job with this.”
Through the accreditation process, which includes a thorough review of the program, curriculum, resources, faculty and staff, as well as a site visit of the program, the EMS - Paramedic program at Northeast Alabama Community College was determined to be in substantial compliance with the nationally-approved Standards and Guidelines for educational programs as established by the EMS - Paramedic profession.
CAAHEP accredits more than 2,200 educational programs that prepare health professionals in 32 different disciplines. Accreditation is one step in a process that is meant to protect the public and ensure a supply of qualified health care professionals. For more information about CAAHEP and accreditation, visit www.caahep.org.
The EMS program at Northeast, in accordance with the goals and mission of NACC, is committed to providing quality education and preparation to those seeking education in Emergency Medical Services. It is a goal of the EMS education program to prepare competent entry-level Paramedics in the cognitive (knowledge), psychometer (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domain. Upon successful course completion and certification by examination through the National Registry of EMTs, candidates may apply for licensure with the Alabama Department of Public Health, Office of EMS. Last year, Northeast students who took the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians examination, had a 100% pass rate. EMR certification and licensure is not required to enter the EMS program. Those seeking to enter the EMS program have options of earning short-term certificates at the EMT and Advanced EMT level, and a certificate at the Paramedic level, or an Associate in Applied Science Degree-Emergency Medical Services.
For information on the EMS - Paramedic program at Northeast, contact Tom Dixon, EMS Instructor and Program Director, at 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, ext. 2341. His office is located in the Workforce Development Building, Room 247. Email him at email@example.com.
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