August 2019 EMS Update: Draft EMS Education Standards
Since 2009, the National EMS Education Standards have helped EMS educators, publishers and the entire EMS profession ensure students receive education that prepares them for their roles as EMS clinicians. After a decade, it is time to revise those standards so they align with today’s practice. The release of a first draft of the updated standards for public comment marks an opportunity for all members of the EMS community and the public to engage in this collaborative effort.
Download the draft and provide comment here.
The draft was created by the project’s development team, led by co-chairs and EMS educators Paul Rosenberger, EdD, and Bill Young, EdD, with support from the National Association of EMS Educators through a contract with the NHTSA Office of EMS. Funding was also provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration EMS for Children program. Dozens of national organizations and subject matter experts were also engaged in the revision, which was based on the recently released 2019 National EMS Scope of Practice Model. Along with updating the education standards for all four levels of EMS certification (paramedic, AEMT, EMT and EMR), the development team will also be evaluating the need to update the instructional guidelines that were published to provide specific guidance for educators alongside the original education standards.