FVCC Paramedicine Program Awarded Accreditation, Program Director Honored

08-19-2013_FVCC Paramedicine Program Awarded Accreditation and Program Director HonoredThe Flathead Valley Community College paramedicine program has been awarded initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

The recent peer review conducted by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) and CAAHEP’s Board of Directors recognizes the program’s substantial compliance with the nationally established accreditation standards.

Paramedicine Program Director Kristina Long said the accreditation’s primary purpose is to protect the student and the public.  The accreditation process provides an independent, external and objective peer-review of program quality in comparison with accepted national standards.  Students’ investments in their education are protected, assuring national standards are met and instructors meet required qualifications.  The public is protected by the assurance they have received a minimum standard of care by individuals who are properly trained.

Long was recently recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Board of Directors for achieving 20 consecutive years as a nationally registered emergency medical technician.  This distinction is an honor held by few EMTs.  By maintaining her registered status and completing regular continuing education courses, Long is among the few elite EMTs with the most training in pre-hospital emergency medical care in the nation.

Long was nationally registered in 1992 and was state certified in Virginia five years prior.  She has worked at Pulaski County Life Saving Crew, Carilion Radford EMS and Regional Emergency Medical Services in Virginia.  She also has been involved with EMS in Montana at Polson Ambulance, Three Rivers EMS and Smith Valley Fire Department. In 2009, she founded West Flathead EMS where she serves as the EMS captain for the volunteer fire department.

“My years in EMS have been part of a long and fulfilling journey in public service,” said Long.  “I feel blessed to have been part of what I consider both the most rewarding and heartbreaking career anyone could have.”

FVCC’s paramedicine program is a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree which prepares students to sit for the NREMT written and practical examinations at the paramedic level.  Upon passing the examinations, students may apply to the Montana Board of Medical Examiners for paramedic licensure.  The deadline to apply to the program falls in April prior to each fall semester.

For more information about the FVCC paramedicine program, contact Long at 756-3901 or klong@fvcc.edu.

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