Wednesday, April 24, 2013

MC, first in Permian Basin to receive EMS accreditation

By Rebecca C. Bell
Dean, Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College (MC) announces the recent accreditation of the Emergency Medical Services program from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education (CAAHEP). MC is the first college in the Permian Basin to receive this prestigious accreditation.

MC Emergency Medical Services Program Director Leland Hart explained, explained, “This accreditation allows our paramedic students who have successfully completed MC’s 47-hour paramedic program to take the national registry exam in order to be certified as a paramedic. All Texas paramedics must complete the exam before applying for a state license. MC began the accrediting process in late summer 2012. We first submitted a self-study to the Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions, and then the Commission sent a site visit team to review our facilities, equipment and faculty. In March 2013, we were notified that MC is now fully accredited for the standard five-year term through March 31, 2018, at which time we will need to reapply.”

MC’s Emergency Medical Services program is located in the Dorothy & Todd Aaron Medical Science Building on the main MC campus. Skills training and internships are conducted in the F. Marie Hall SimLife Center at Midland College, at Midland Memorial Hospital and also with the Midland Fire Department. Hart stated that graduates typically find jobs working with local fire departments, private ambulance services, hospitals and physicians’ offices. In fall 2012, MC reported a 100 percent pass rate on the paramedic certification/licensure exam.

Ambulance used for MC Emergency Medical Service training.
The ambulance was donated to MC by F. Marie Hall.

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