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Release: Oct. 11, 2002

UI Hospitals and Clinics' paramedic education program re-accredited

Officials of the Emergency Medical Services Learning Services at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics announced today that they have received notification that their paramedic education program will be re-accredited.

The program received its initial accreditation status from the Commission on Accreditation for Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP) in October 2000 for a standard probationary period. Following the successful completion of the probationary period, CAAHEP issued a reaffirmation to a Continuing Accreditation level through January 2005. After that time, the paramedic education program will be eligible to receive a five-year re-accreditation.

The UI program trains about 40 paramedics from across the nation annually. Classes begin each January and July. For more information about paramedic education opportunities, contact the Emergency Medical Services Learning Resources Center at (319) 356-2597.

CAAHEP evaluates paramedic education programs based upon factors such as outcome measurement, the competency of students and the experiences provided to students in clinical and field sites.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.