May 2019 EMS Update: EMS Scope of Practice
The 2019 National EMS Scope of Practice Model, developed to identify the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve competence for the four levels of EMS clinicians, is now available on EMS.gov.
The result of an expert-led, consensus-driven process managed by the National Association of State EMS Officials and supported by NHTSA’s Office of EMS and the Health Resources & Services Administration’s EMS for Children Program, the Scope of Practice Model represents the first major revision since the National EMS Scope of Practice Model was first published more than a decade ago, in 2007.
Even though the scope of practice for EMS clinicians is established by individual states and territories, the National EMS Scope of Practice Model provides an evidence-based foundation that many states have adopted directly or used to develop their scopes of practice. The recent revision to the model reflects both changes within the profession and advances in medical science that have occurred over the past 12 years.