CoAEMSP’s Updated Statement Regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) (Apr. 5, 2020)

The Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) understands that institutions, program directors, medical directors, faculty, and State Offices of EMS are working diligently to find ways to continue the education of students during this extraordinary time. The CoAEMSP continues to find alternative pathways to assure excellence in education while maintaining compliance with the CAAHEP Standards.

Effective immediately, the CoAEMSP Board of Directors amends the CoAEMSP March 20, 2020 Updated Statement regarding COVID-19 to clarify that Paramedic educational programs may employ a broader array of approaches, including simulation, in determining competency in didactic, laboratory, clinical, field experience, and capstone field internship. The guidelines associated with CAAHEP Standards III.A.2. Hospital/Clinical Affiliations and Field/Internship Affiliations and III.C.3. Curriculum will permit the use of alternative evaluation methods to include scenarios, case studies, and simulation as well as the adjustment of minimum competencies to satisfy the requirements of these standards for Paramedic educational programs through October 31, 2020. This update supersedes any prior guidance by CoAEMSP.

View the pdf from CoAEMP: COVID-Statement-April-5-Revised1 (Updated 4/6/20)

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