Scott Phelps
International Paramedic Practice, Vol. 6, Iss. 1, 07 Apr 2016, pp 6 - 12

Aims: To compare professional education requirements for Commission on
Accreditation of Allied Health Educations Programs (CAAHEP)-accredited
community college paramedic programs and associate degree registered nurse
programmes at the same institution.
Methods: All CAAHEP-accredited community college paramedic programmes
were identified from the CAAHEP website. The college website was visited to
determine credits granted for paramedic professional education, followed by
a search of the college website to determine if there was an associate degree
registered nursing programme. If there was, the credits granted for registered
nurse professional education was determined and the pair was recorded.
Results: At the 259 community colleges in the United States that had both a
CAAHEP-accredited paramedic and registered nursing education programme
that were offered for college credit, paramedic professional education was
granted more college credit than nursing professional education at the individual
college level 81% of the time. At the national level, median (48 versus 40
college credits) of paramedic professional education exceeded associate degree
registered nursing professional education by 20%.
Conclusions: Professional education for paramedics is granted more college
credit that the professional ed-ucation for associate degree registered nurses..

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