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Motlow State Community College
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Lynchburg, TN 37352-8500
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Motlow College EMS Program prepares for Paramedic Accreditation

Feb. 3, 2015

Motlow College is currently preparing for the accreditation of its new paramedic program, according to Drew Hooker, emergency medical services (EMS) program director at the College.

Pat Hendrix, interim director of nursing and allied health, and Drew Hooker, emergency medical services program director, are in the process of preparing for the accreditation of Motlow College's new paramedic program. The process is expected to be completed by the summer of 2016. Motlow College photo.
In 2014, Motlow received approval from the Tennessee Board of Regents to offer an associate of applied science degree in Paramedic and an Emergency Medical Paramedic certificate of credit. The college began offering the program to its students in the 2014 fall semester.

"Drew and paramedic instructor Justus Smith have worked very diligently to put together an excellent program," said Pat Hendrix, interim director of nursing and allied health at the college. "Their preparation for and knowledge of the accreditation process has been outstanding."

The program has successfully completed the first two steps of accreditation, the Initial Self Study Review (ISSR) and the Letter of Review.

The ISSR included an internal audit of the paramedic program in order to align the program with accreditation standards. Motlow compiled documentation of how faculty reviews and evaluates their students as well as how they teach their students the material.

The Letter of Review is authorization that the ISSR has been completed and that the college is approved to graduate classes. However, accreditation is not complete until evaluators perform a site visit.

The site visit will occur following the graduation of the first class. The process should be completed during the summer of 2016.

"We have to continue to show high-level progressive EMS education, while making the program student-focused," said Hooker. "We work to increase the progression of EMS in our area by teaching the new techniques and constantly challenging our students."

The Committee of Educational Programs of the EMS Professions handles the accreditation and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs is responsible for authorizing the program.

For more information about the EMS program at Motlow, contact Drew Hooker at 931-433-9342 or at