Pursuant to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in the Emergency Medical Services Professions and the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) interpretations adopted by CoAEMSP through policies, the program must regularly assess its goals and learning domains. Program personnel must identify and respond to changes in the needs and/or expectations of its communities of interest.
An advisory committee, which is representative of these communities of interest, must be designated and charged with the responsibility of meeting at least annually, to assist program and sponsor personnel in formulating and periodically revising appropriate goals and learning domains, monitoring needs and expectations, and ensuring program responsiveness to change.
The Advisory Committee must meet at least once a year and review the goals, outcomes for the classes in the last year and make recommendations to the program.
The Advisory Committee meetings should also include review of all minimum competency requirements, including team leads, achievement of goals, analysis of the goals, action plan, and results of action where appropriate and review of the annual report and other objective data that supports program evaluation.
There must be an Advisory Committee roster indicating the communities of interest that the members represent. Police and fire services would be represented, if they have a role in EMS in
the community served by the program. A key governmental official, where appropriate, could include an elected official, an appointed public official, an individual involved in emergency
management, or other public official. The public member of the Advisory Committee should be a person who has valuable input to the program. The public member should not be employed by the sponsor or a clinical affiliate and should not qualify as any other named community
of interest representative.
The Advisory Committee meetings must have Minutes reflecting the attendees, and meaningful discussion and actions during the meeting.
The OSF Northern Region EMS Paramedic Education Program Advisory Board is composed of current students, graduates, employer of graduates, governmental officials, fire and police services, the general public, and hospital / clinic representatives. Ex officio members of the board include our sponsor administration, EMS Medical Director, Dean, Program Director, and faculty.
Meetings are held at 1:00 PM on the second Tuesday of May and November of each year at the OSF Northern Region EMS Office Facility unless otherwise directed.
Meetings are open to all OSF Northern Region EMS agencies and providers.