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Hudson Valley Community College Paramedic Program Receives National Accreditation

CONTACT: Eric Bryant or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, November 6, 2000

Hudson Valley Community College's EMT-Paramedic program became only the third accredited program of its kind in New York State recently when it received national accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

The Paramedic program has been offered at Hudson Valley Community College since 1988. The college recently received state Education Department approval to offer an associate's degree in Paramedic training. Students now have the option of taking course work leading to either a certificate in Paramedic training or an associate's degree in Paramedic training.

"We are pleased to receive accreditation for our Paramedic program and at the same time begin to offer a Paramedic degree program," said President John Buono. "Paramedics graduate from our program and serve the communities of the Capital Region."

The standards for the accreditation are based on the quality and completeness of instruction, clinical facilities, and staff preparedness. The Paramedic department received several visits from on-site review teams earlier this year to review the program. Accreditation helps programs evaluate their standards of quality against a national benchmark and provide direction on how programs can improve.

The CAAHEP accreditation for Hudson Valley's Paramedic program will run for three years. The two other accredited programs in the state are located at the City University of New York and at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

For more information about the Hudson Valley Community College Paramedic program, contact program coordinator Greg Chapman, 629-4895.

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an annual enrollment of more than 9,000 students and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.