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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 31. Virginia Emergency Medical Services Regulations

12VAC5-31-1601. Accreditation of EMS training programs.

Article 9
Accreditation of EMS Programs

A. Training programs that lead to eligibility for initial certification at the Advanced EMT, Intermediate and Paramedic level shall hold a valid accreditation issued by the Board of Health before any training programs are offered.

B. All certification programs seeking accreditation in Virginia shall comply with these regulations and the current version of the Standards and Guidelines for an Accredited Educational Program for the Emergency Medical Services Profession established by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) or an equivalent organization approved by the Board of Health.

C. The program director for an Advanced EMT, Intermediate, EMT-Enhanced (optional track) or EMT (optional track) program is exempt from the bachelor's degree requirement as specified by CoAEMSP standards.

D. The medical director required by CoAEMSP standards shall also meet the requirements for an OMD or PCD as required by these regulations.

E. All accredited programs shall notify the Board of Health immediately upon receiving notice about the following changes:

1. Program personnel to include:

a. The program director;

b. OMD or PCD; and

c. Primary faculty or instructional staff.

2. Additions or deletions to clinical site contracts and field site contracts.

3. Location.

4. Learning or teaching modalities.

5. Any sentinel event.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-12 and 32.1-111.4 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 1, eff. October 10, 2012.

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