Accreditation of Paramedic Practitioner Programs
The Australasian College of Paramedic Practitioners has evolved a robust and independent accreditation processes of educational providers to ensure that the education and training received by paramedics will allow them to progress to the practice level of a Paramedic Practitioner.
The Accreditation of Paramedic Practitioner Programs are structured into eight key standards. These standards are based on the Paramedic Practitioner Practice Framework and collectively require that a program has the appropriate governance, curricula planning and review processes, and resources to maintain these standards.
Standard 1: Education and Provider's Governance
Standard 2: The Paramedic Practitioner and Advanced Clinical Practice Curriculum Framework
Standard 3: Development and Outcome of the Program
Standard 4: Content, Teaching and Learning Within of the Program
Standard 5: Approach to Candidate Assessment
Standard 6: Candidates Monitoring and Evaluation
Standard 7: Resources and the learning Environment
The outcomes contained in each standard are interlinked so when graduands enter clinical practice, they will be at the standard to meet the requirements of a Paramedic Practitioner. Educational providers will need to demonstrate how their program enables their graduates to meet the outcomes, which specify what the Australasian College of Paramedic Practitioners expects the educational provider to achieve and what employers, government, the profession and most importantly, what communities expect the Paramedic Practitioner graduate to deliver.
Accreditation will consist of a visit from an auditing team who will formally evaluate educational providers, using the clearly defined and established Accreditation of Paramedic Practitioner Programs criteria. Audit teams usually comprise appointed representatives from the Australasian College of Paramedic Practitioners. Continuous quality improvement is a fundamental component of the accreditation process to enhance the quality of learning, educational programs, and service delivery. It also assists in the development and support of new training opportunities. This requires a regular cycle of accreditation with specified reporting between accreditation visits such as Annual reports which detail enacted and anticipated changes, modifications or additions to the Program are required.
The maximum accreditation period is four years.
Graduates of educational programs which meet this accreditation process will be able to be seamlessly admitted as a Fellow of the Australasian College of Paramedic Practitioners (FACPP) without taking additional examination or assessment.
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