Paramedic Program Earns National Accreditation
The San Antonio College Paramedic program has been awarded a
five-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health
Education Program (CAAHEP).
“It is particularly satisfying to receive confirmation from
the commission that the paramedic program that we’ve run through Continuing
Education for the past 27 years meets all the standards of quality for
accreditation,” Dean of Continuing Education Tim Rockey said.
Operating within the Continuing Education division, the
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program trains students in emergency
pre-hospital care of the sick and injured. In the Paramedic program, students
take courses in trauma, airway management, patient assessment and complete
supervised clinical work, which enables them to provide more extensive
pre-hospital care than EMTs.
In late Fall 2013, the Committee on Accreditation of
Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions conducted a
site visit at SAC to evaluate the Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic
program. Upon their recommendation, SAC was granted accreditation beginning on
July 31, 2014.
Previously accredited by the Texas Department of State and
Health Services at the state level, the Paramedic program at SAC is now one of
two programs in San Antonio with national accreditation.
CAAHEP is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health
sciences field, reviewing and accrediting more than 2000 educational programs
in 26 health science occupations.