The NASEMSO EMS Education Committee serves as a resource for state EMS officials that are tasked to implement the consensus-based approach to EMS education described in the EMS Education Agenda for the Future: A Systems Approach published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in 2000, as revised by the National EMS Advisory Council in 2014.
The purpose of the Education Committee is to establish a system of EMS education that more closely parallels that of other health care professions while providing resources to advise states on matters related to EMS education, certification, continuing education, and program credentialing.
Second Monday of every other (odd) month at 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET.
NASEMSO White Papers on EMS Education
- A National Strategy for EMS Specialty Certification (NASEMSO, 02/01/15)
- Assessing Continuing Competence in Emergency Medical Services: A Reference for State EMS Offices reports the findings of NASEMSO’s Competency Assessment Summit held in April 2015 in San Antonio, Texas.
- EMS Instructor Qualifications – This document represents a template that can be used to assist states describe criteria, roles, education, and experience that may be required for various levels of EMS instructors.
- 2014 Report to the National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC) on Statewide Implementation of the Education Agenda (based on data collected in 2013)
- Defining National EMS Program Accreditation (12/12/11)
Source Documents (NHTSA)
- National EMS Education Agenda
- National EMS Scope of Practice Model
- National EMS Core Content
- National EMS Education Standards
- Emergency Medical Responder Instructional Guidelines
- Emergency Medical Technician Instructional Guidelines
- Advanced Emergency Medical Technician Instructional Guidelines
- Paramedic Instructional Guidelines
- EMS Education System Components from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (2000) EMS Education of the Future: A Systems Approach.
- National Guidelines Educating EMS Instructors (2002) – represents a common core of teaching knowledge and skills which will help all EMS educators to assist the adult learner acquire 21st century knowledge and skills.
NSC to NEMSES Transition Materials
- Transition Templates. Some states have already identified state-based learning objectives and educational priorities that exist both above and below the Education Standards, making it difficult to establish a “national curriculum” for transition. Because a transition course per se would have a limited shelf life as the Education Standards are implemented, available resources have been focused on developing materials that will support implementation of the new practitioner levels and pre-packaged educational materials geared specifically to the changes are generally unavailable. To assist this effort, NASEMSO has utilized the Gap Analysis Template to help identify the generic “Gap Content” that can be used to enhance the knowledge and skills of existing practitioners that desire certification/licensure at the level of the Education Standards. States still need to determine which content and/or skills must be tested and/or verified to complete state-based transition processes. The following templates are available:
- Download zipped file with all 6 templates in PDF format (3.5MB)
- First Responder to Emergency Medical Responder
- EMT-Basic to Emergency Medical Technician
- EMT Intermediate 85 to Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
- EMT Intermediate 99 to Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
- EMT Intermediate 99 to Paramedic
- EMT-Paramedic to Paramedic
Gap Analysis Templates
- 2009 National EMS Education Standards Gap Analysis Template – This Gap Analysis is intended for use by States, educators and others as they begin to define the specifics of what will be different at the state and local level between current EMS education delivery and future EMS education delivery. States will find this useful to consider “gaps” between an existing scope of practice compared to what may be implemented under the new SOP model and the Education Standards. Educators may similarly use this document to begin identifying educational content that will need to be accounted for in the transition of existing EMS personnel as well as the delivery of new programs in the future. Publishers may find it helpful in the development of adjunct material to support the implementation of the Education Agenda.
- 2013 Pediatric Considerations for Implementing the National EMS Education Standards – This compendium is intended as a companion document to the 2009 Gap Analysis Template.
- Appendix A to the Pediatric Gap Analysis: Writing Educational Goals and Objectives (NASEMSO sincerely thanks Connie Mattera, MS, RN, EMT-P, TNS for this contribution/best practice.)
- Australasian Competency Standards for Paramedics (2011)
- Paramedic Curriculum Guidance, 3rd Edition (UK, 2015)
- Paramedic Scope of Practice (UK, 2015)
- National Occupational Competency Profile for Paramedics (Paramedic Association of Canada, 2011)
EMS Education Toolkit for Pediatrics
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Kathy Robinson, RN, EMT-P, QAS
NASEMSO Program Manager