Credits granted for professional education of paramedics and nurses at at US colleges with paired programmes

February 2016

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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