FSW EMS-Paramedic Program Awarded Continuing Accreditation

Oct 7, 2016

OCTOBER 7, 2016 – FORT MYERS, FLA – The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) has awarded Florida SouthWestern State College’s (FSW) Emergency Medical Services –Paramedics Program continuing accreditation following a peer review by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoA EMSP). The next comprehensive evaluation of the program, including an on-site review, is scheduled to occur no later than 2021.

“Accreditation is essential for our students because it demonstrates program quality,” said Program Director Joseph Washburn. “It indicates to the student that our program meets widely accepted standards and ensures confidence in the public that our students have received the highest level of training and instruction once they enter the workforce.”

The Paramedic Certificate is one of seventeen career options offered in the FSW School of Health Professions. Students engage in classroom, clinical, and simulation education training. Paramedic students are highly educated in the areas of pathophysiology, cardiology, and medical procedures. Students work alongside licensed paramedics and physicians in the community to enhance their patient care skills. 


Florida SouthWestern State College is Southwest Florida’s largest and one of the most affordable institutions of higher education. Annually serving nearly 22,000 students globally, FSW offers a variety of nationally-ranked, career-focused academic programs with two- and four-year degrees, and professional certifications. Students are also active in clubs and programs catered to their interests. FSW debuted its intercollegiate athletics program in January 2016. Visit www.FSW.edu for more information.