Frequently Asked Question

Can We Still Apply for NEMSMA Accreditation if Our Educational Offerings are Not Limited Only to Paramedics?

Absolutely! The use of the term “Paramedic” by NEMSMA, the Committee on Accreditation, and the American College of Paramedic Executives (ACPE) is intentional but not exclusive of other levels of clinical certification besides paramedic. It is NEMSMA’s position and belief that the term “paramedic” should become the standard reference for all individual providers regardless if clinical scope of practice, and is not limited strictly to those who have achieved clinical certification or licensure at the traditional Paramedic level. In fact, just the opposite is true. NEMSMA’s Paramedic Officer credentialing program is open to all levels of clinical EMS providers aspiring to or serving in Paramedicine/EMS industry leadership roles. Correspondingly, NEMSMA Accreditation is available for all programs and conference sessions which map to the Seven Pillars of National EMS Officer Competencies, regardless of the level of the clinical certification of enrolled students. That is because NEMSMA Accreditation focuses on the three levels of Leadership Competencies, namely Supervising, Managing, and Executive Officers, which, depending upon individual agency requirements, may very likely include EMTs, AEMTs, Paramedics, and other levels of authorized EMS providers, or even those who serve in ancillary or supportive roles within an agency which do not require current clinical certification.