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Friday, February 10, 2017

ACC EMT Program Awarded Accreditation

The Alvin Community College Emergency Medical Technology program has a well-regarded reputation that extends far beyond the local area and region. In recent years, various international EMT programs have sought advice from the college regarding their training of medics.

The ACC program has built on that reputation and was recently awarded accreditation through the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions  (CoAEMSP), as part of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

“Accreditation by the CoAEMSP is critical for ACC graduates,” said Dr. Cynthia Griffith, ACC Vice President of Instruction. “CoAEMSP accreditation assures the public that the program has met high quality standards in terms of faculty, resources, facilities, and administration.”

Accreditation for EMS programs is now a requirement through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).

ACC EMT director Doug Stevenson said he is proud of the accreditation which is for a five-year period. The program will have to obtain reaffirmation in 2022.

The ACC program first started in 1976.

There are nearly 50 accredited programs in Texas and more than 700 across the United States. The accreditation gives students more opportunities in their education and their careers, Stevenson said.

“This means that the graduates have a quality, standardized paramedic education that can transfer seamlessly to all 50 states,” he said. “The paramedic graduates will perform better on national certifications and will find increased job opportunities.  This, coupled with the EMS Associate Degree allows for more promotional and incentive pay for the graduates.”

Accreditation is an important quality for any program in the recruitment of potential students, Stevenson said.

“This will improve our ability to recruit and retain qualified paramedic applicants to ACC,” he said. “This is a great feeling and a great day for the Alvin Community College EMS program.”

The accreditation process included the development of a self-study, Stevenson said.

“What we determined in developing the self-study was that what was most important was to survey our students, graduates, faculty, and employers to find out what areas we were being successful in instruction and areas that needed to be updated or revised,” he said.

For more information about the program, visit www.alvincollege.edu/EMT-EMS.

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