Brings EMS training into its portfolio of courses
The National Telemetry Association (NTA®) is now an accredited provider of continuing education courses approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).
“This is an exciting step for us,” said NTA®Director Nancy Kimmel. “It introduces even greater value to the healthcare professionals who rely on us for essential training.”
Receiving accreditation isn’t easy. Among other things, it requires organizations to:
- Demonstrate an ongoing needs assessment for specific EMS educational activities
- Submit a letter of recommendation or approval of its state EMS office and a current agreement with physician medical director(s) to provide direction to the EMS and the CAPCE program committee
- Maintain a program committee that reviews and approves all activities offered by the accredited organization and by cosponsoring organizations
The importance of CAPCE
The entire process can take more than a year to complete. Such thoroughness is necessary since CAPCE is responsible for maintaining standards for the delivery of emergency medical services continuing education. Those standards encompass:
- Requirements for active medical direction
- Sound educational design (including delivery methodology)
- Quality infrastructure
“Receiving accreditation through CAPCE means EMS providers can access effective CE and that their CE will be tracked,” Kimmel said. “Since NTA’s®mission is to promote and enhance consumer health and safety by establishing and maintaining high standards of professional practice excellence, applying for CAPCE accreditation was a natural step.”
And now that it’s here, NTA®stands ready to serve an even broader range of health professionals with course topics such as field triage, opioid overdose, and EKG fundamentals.
Many states — including Michigan — and national organizations (such as the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, or NREMT) recognize CAPCE-approved courses. To learn more about NTA®, click here.