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Good Samaritan Hospital paramedic training program awarded National Accreditation

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital’s Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic program has been awarded National Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), becoming only the third accredited program in the state.

“We are honored that our paramedic training program at Good Samaritan Hospital has received national accreditation,” said Valerie Phillips, MD, FACEP, Medical Director, EMSS & Emergency Preparedness.

To be accredited the program had to comply with the standards established by CAAHEP, the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field.

As one of 67 Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) approved Emergency Medical Services Resource Hospitals, Good Samaritan Hospital’s division of Pre-Hospital EMS has successfully been educating EMTs and paramedics for more than thirty years.

This accomplishment continues to allow Good Samaritan Hospital’s supervision of the EMS education programs at the College of DuPage to be under an accredited allied health institution.

The next training courses begin in August. The paramedic program is 1200 hours long while the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program consists of a 150-190 hour semester. The training for these programs consists of classroom time, laboratory time as well as observing and performing under the supervision of other health care professionals. The goal is to graduate competent entry-level paramedics.

“National accreditation will become crucial in the years ahead in order for graduates of our program to qualify for the National Registry exam. We are committed to providing every advantage to our program graduates,” Phillips said.

Starting January 1, 2013, the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) will not allow graduates of a non accredited paramedic program to take their exam. The IDPH will continue, for the time being, to author their own exam that will allow graduates of non-accredited paramedic programs to test and be licensed.

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