The Central Texas College paramedic/EMT program recently received national accreditation from the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions.

Following a ruling by the national governing body, the National Association of State EMS Officials, at its 2010 annual meeting, CTC became one of the first fully-accredited college programs.

The process began with a self-study in June 2009. Following an informal review of the self-study in November 2009, the study was submitted to the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, which oversees CoAEMSP, in February 2010.

The submission was followed by a site visit from board members of CoAEMSP in June who then recommended accreditation in November 2010. CTC received word of its approval earlier this year.

The CTC paramedic/EMT program has been approved for accreditation until 2016 when it will then re-submit for re-accreditation.

— Herald staff reports