Spinal Motion Restriction/Immobilization
November 11, 2016 - In consideration of the new evidence and recent discussion concerning spinal immobilization, the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) has completed a review of the available published documents to date, including the resources listed here below. The NREMT Standards & Examination Committee has discussed the impact of the recommended changes to our national EMS certification materials.
Psychomotor Authorization to Test Letters Coming Soon
October 27, 2016 - Effective January 1, 2017, any candidate for advanced level certification (AEMT, I-99 or Paramedic) will be required to obtain a Psychomotor Authorization to Test (PATT) letter before registering for the NREMT advanced level psychomotor examination. The PATT will only be used by the NREMT, and it is similar to the Authorization to Test (ATT) process that has been in place for cognitive examinations since 2007.
NREMT EMS Research Fellowship Opportunity
September 30, 2016 - The NREMT is looking for interested and qualified candidates an EMS Research Fellow position. The ideal candidate is a Nationally Certified, field-experienced EMS professional possessing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. Successful candidates must be able to gain admission to The Ohio State University’s (OSU) graduate school for an approved Master’s and Doctoral studies program.
Continuing Education Policy Change
September 1, 2016 -
Effective immediately, continuing education hours can be earned for your next NREMT recertification as soon as you complete your current recertification. Previously,
hours would not count for the next recertification period unless they were earned after the March 31 expiration date—regardless of when you recertified.
Now, hours begin to count for the next period immediately.
For example: Complete your recertification on October 1, and you can count education beginning October 2 for the next recertification cycle.
National Registry of EMTs’ Implementation of the 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care
August 2016 - The NREMT has completed a review of the 2015 American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC), and the NREMT Standards and Examination Committee has discussed and approved the impact of the recommended changes to all National EMS Certification materials. The NREMT will implement the associated recommendations for all levels of National EMS Certification beginning September 1, 2016.
NREMT to Support National EMS Compact Project
July 2016 - The NREMT is excited to announce a commitment to supporting REPLICA, the Recognition of EMS Personnel Licensure Interstate Compact project. Every day, EMS practitioners cross state lines while caring for patients, responding to disasters, or performing other work duties. These routine occurrences present an assortment of legal, regulatory and compliance challenges: Each state has laws protecting and regulating the EMS profession, so before an individual can practice—or in most states, even utilize titles such as EMT or Paramedic—the individual must complete the credentialing or license process specific to that state.
National Registry of EMTs’ Awarded the NBRI Circle of Excellence Award
June 2016 - Based on a recent customer satisfaction survey, the NREMT call center team was awarded the Circle of Excellence award by the National Business Research Institute (NBRI). The NBRI Circle of Excellence Award recognizes organizations that place a high value on employee engagement and customer satisfaction. The NREMT is committed to continually improving our registrants' experiences, and we are honored to be recognized by the NBRI for our efforts.
Certification Tips For U.S. Navy Corpsman Transitioning to Civilian Workforce
March 2016 - U.S. Navy Corpsman perform advanced medical procedures in various locations on many different platforms. Whether they are on a submarine or in the back of a military vehicle, they act as first-line medical providers for U.S. service members, coalition and enemy forces, and civilians. The Navy practice of medicine is not exclusive – Corpsman often provide medical care for wounded Marines and their units. Read More...
NRP Psychomotor Examination and Regional Scenario Development Workshops
The National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) is changing the way it verifies psychomotor competency for National Registry Paramedic (NRP) certification. All students who begin their paramedic program on or after August 1, 2016, are required to complete a portfolio that becomes a part of their permanent education file and is a prerequisite to seeking NRP certification.
Beginning January 1, 2017, the NREMT will start testing Phase 1 of the new scenario psychomotor exam. In this phase, a total of six (6) skills will be tested, five (5) currently evaluated in the NRP psychomotor examination and one (1) out-of-hospital scenario. This out-of-hospital scenario will reflect either a pediatric, geriatric, or adult patient. Each candidate will be provided with a trained paramedic partner and evaluated on his/her ability to manage a call, lead the team, effectively communicate, and maintain professionalism throughout the simulated patient encounter.
To assist Paramedic programs in preparing for these changes, the NREMT will be conducting Regional Scenario Development Workshops in 2016. The NREMT has partnered with the National Association of Emergency Medical Service Educators (NAEMSE) to facilitate these workshops. NAEMSE will reach out to the national EMS educator community and provide information, registration, and continuing education hours for those who attend a workshop in 2016.
These workshops are designed to provide Paramedic Program Directors and educators hands-on experience with formative and summative scenarios. Participants will be guided through the scenario development process by NREMT staff and Workshop Instructors who have experience piloting the portfolio and scenario psychomotor examination. Activities include scenario writing, calibration, and evaluation when student volunteers run the scenarios during the workshop. All of the scenarios created will then be available for use by participants in their training programs following the workshop
2017 NREMT Fee Increase
The NREMT will be increasing the cognitive examination fees effective January 1, 2017. The NREMT Board of Directors approved the fee increase effective 2017 following a ten-year price freeze (2007-2017). The 2017 fee increase reflects the renewed relationship between the NREMT and Pearson VUE. The new fees are:
- EMR: $75
- EMT: $80
- AEMT: $115
- I/99: $125
- Paramedic: $125
NCCP: A NEW WAY TO RECERTIFY
In 2012, the NREMT introduced a new recertification model, the National Continued Competency Program (NCCP). While reduced hours are just one of the many benefits with the new model, the change allows a platform for evidence-based medicine to reach EMS professionals all over the country. Additionally, it gives state and local agencies the control to dictate a portion of the recertification requirements and provide a foundation for the EMS professional to embrace life-long learning.
The new model streamlines the recertification process into three categories of continuing education: National, Local, and Individual. The National requirement (NCCR) or the ‘new’ refresher makes up 50% of the new recertification model. Topics will be updated every four years and will reflect current trends and changes in EMS. The Local requirement (LCCR) accounts for 25% of your recertification. These hours will be decided by local entities, including the state, region or agency. Finally, the Individual requirement (ICCR) will complete the remaining 25% of your recertification. Much like the “additional continuing education” section for the traditional model, an individual is free to take any EMS related education.
Another benefit of using this model is an increase in the amount of distributive education that can be used towards your recertification. Distributive education is defined as an approved Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE) (Formerly known as CECBEMS)F3 course. You can now take just over half of your hours as distributive education. This breaks down to allow for 1/3 of your national component, 2/3 of your local component, and your entire individual component to be distributive education (Table 1).
States across the nation are beginning to implement this new recertification model. Please check with your state EMS office for information on the upcoming implementation in your state. The NREMT website has NCCP Recertification Resources available to assist you and your state through the transition to the new model.