Emergency Health Sciences receives accreditation for continuing education

SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 22) – The Department of Emergency Health Sciences in the School of Health Professions at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio has been approved for Organizational Accreditation by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS).

The coordinating board is a national accrediting body for Emergency Medical Services continuing education courses and course providers. To be approved, the department had to meet or exceed criteria established by CECBEMS for educational planning, implementation and evaluation as well as demonstrate a commitment to excellence in EMS continuing education.

With few exceptions, the board’s stamp of approval is recognized in most states for licensure recertification of first responders, emergency medical technicians and paramedics.

“Providing relevant and quality continuing education to area EMS providers is a critical component to our mission. This accreditation validates our commitment to our civilian and military emergency care providers,” said Lance Villers, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Emergency Health Sciences.


The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, one of the country’s leading health sciences universities, ranks in the top 3 percent of all institutions worldwide receiving National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. The university’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced more than 29,000 graduates. The $736 million operating budget supports eight campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. For more information on the many ways “We make lives better®,” visit www.uthscsa.edu.

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