On September 16, 2011, the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) awarded the Gwinnet County Department of Fire and Emergency Services with accreditation for the Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic Program. CAAHEP is the largest programmatic accreditor in the health sciences field and accredits over 2000 educational programs in 28 health science occupations. The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services’ Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic program was judged by CAAHEP to be in compliance with nationally established standards.
When an institution or program is accredited, it has demonstrated that they meet the standards set by the organization representing the academic community and professionals. To maintain accreditation the institution or program must undergo a similar review on a regular basis. Typically accreditation reviews are conducted every five years.
In a continued commitment to the citizens of Gwinnett County, the department has worked diligently over the last five years to exceed standards set forth by CAAHEP which resulted in a successful reaccreditation process on July 21, 2016. The next reaccreditation will occur in 2021 and the department is committed to the continuous enhancement of its programs and educational standards.