Certifications

Emergency Medical Responder

The primary focus of the Emergency Medical Responder is to initiate immediate lifesaving care to critical patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide lifesaving interventions while awaiting additional EMS response and to assist higher level
personnel at the scene and during transport.
 
Emergency Medical Responders function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, undermedical oversight. Emergency Medical Responders perform basic interventions with minimal equipment.


Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

The primary focus of the Emergency Medical Technician is to provide basic emergency medicalcare and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medicalsystem. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patientcare and transportation.
 
Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions
with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Emergency Medical Technician is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
The primary focus of the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician is
to provide basic and limited advanced emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This
individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation.
 
Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Advanced Emergency Medical Technician is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system.
 
The Department will certify as an AEMT an individual who meets the following qualifications:

 (i) Completes an application for AEMT certification on a form or through an electronic process, as prescribed by the Department.

 (ii) Is 18 years of age or older.

 (iii) Has successfully completed one of the following:

 (A) An EMS provider educational course for AEMTs.

 (B) An EMS provider educational course for EMTs and education, through continuing education courses, in skills required in the scope of practice of an AEMT for which the applicant did not receive education in the EMT course.

 (iv) Has a current certificate evidencing successful completion of a CPR course acceptable to the Department.

 (v) Has passed a written examination for AEMT certification prescribed by the Department.

 (vi) Has passed a practical test of AEMT skills for AEMT certification prescribed by the Department.


Paramedic

The Paramedic is an allied health professional whose primary focus is to provide advancedemergency medical care for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the complexknowledge and skills necessary to provide patientcare and transportation.
 
Paramedics function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Paramedics perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment
typically found on an ambulance. The Paramedicis a link from the scene into the health care system.

The Department will certify as a paramedic an individual who meets the following qualifications:

 (1) Completes an application for paramedic certification on a form or through an electronic process, as prescribed by the Department.

 (2) Is certified as an EMT or an AEMT by the Department or possesses an equivalent certification issued by another state.

 (3) Is 18 years of age or older.

 (4) Has a high school diploma or its equivalent.

 (5) Has successfully completed an EMS provider educational course for paramedics.

 (6) Has a current certificate evidencing successful completion of a CPR course acceptable to the Department.

 (7) Has passed a practical test of paramedic skills for paramedic certification approved by the Department.

 (8) Has passed a written examination for paramedic certification approved by the Department.


PA Prehospital RN (PA PHRN)

The Department will certify as a PHRN an individual who meets the following qualifications:

 (1) Completes an application for PHRN certification on a form or through an electronic process, as prescribed by the Department.

 (2) Has a current license as a registered nurse with the State Board of Nursing.

 (3) Is 18 years of age or older.

 (4) Has a current certificate evidencing successful completion of a CPR course acceptable to the Department.

 (5) Has passed a practical test of PHRN skills for PHRN certification approved by the Department.

 (6) Has passed a written test of PHRN skills for PHRN certification approved by the Department.

For additional information, including participating in a 4 hour refresher class, please contact Todd Nicholson at tnicholson@emsi.org and at 412/494-5581


Prehospital physician extender

The Department will certify as a PHPE an individual who meets the following qualifications:

 (1) Completes an application for PHPE certification on a form or through an electronic process, as prescribed by the Department.

 (2) Has a currently registered license as a physician assistant with the State Board of Medicine or the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine.

 (3) Is 18 years of age or older.

 (4) Has a current certificate evidencing successful completion of a CPR course acceptable to the Department.

 (5) Has passed a practical test of PHPE skills for PHPE certification approved by the Department.

 (6) Has passed a written test of PHPE skills for PHPE certification approved by the Department.


PA Health Professional Physician

The PA Department of Health will certify as a Health Professional Physician, a physician approved as having met the requirements of the EMS Systems Act.

Has successfully completed one of the following:

 (i) A residency program in emergency medicine accredited by a residency program accrediting body recognized by the State Board of Medicine or the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine.

 (ii) The first year of a residency program that satisfies the requirements in subparagraph (i) and the ACLS course, the ATLS course, the APLS or PALS course or, for each of these courses, a course that the Department determines meets or exceeds the requirements of the course.

 (iii) A residency program in anesthesia, general surgery, internal medicine or family medicine, by a residency program accrediting body recognized by the State Board of Medicine or the State Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and the ACLS course, the ATLS course, the APLS or PALS course or, for each of these courses, a course that the Department determines meets or exceeds the requirements of the course.

 (3) Has a current certificate evidencing successful completion of a CPR course acceptable to the Department.

 (4) Has passed a practical test of EMS skills prescribed by the Department for a PHP or served as a prehospital health professional physician prior to October 12, 2013.


EMS Instructor Information

To request an EMS Instructor packet, please provide following information and email to Richard Kaufman at rkaufman@emsi.org Name, Address, Phone Number, Email address, PA EMS Certification Number and location of the education institute and year you completed your Instructor program OR received a degree in Education OR received your PA teacher certificate.

Instructor Professional Development

The PA Department of Health Bureau of EMS; in an effort to enhance the EMS educational system has determined it to be necessary that all certified EMS instructors including those that are teaching Continuing Education be required to take Modules 1, 2, 3, and 4 to continue as educators.

Module 1 is currently available online on the LMS website.

Modules 2 and 3 must be conducted by the EMS Council.

The next EMSI Instructor Professional Development course will be tentatively scheduled for late 2014. Contact Rich at rkaufman@emsi.org or 412/494-5574 for more details.

Modules 1, 2, and 3 must be completed.

Module 4 is an evaluation of a class you are teaching.

All modules must be taken in consecutive order. Additionally, please fax or mail a copy of your completed Modules to Rich Kaufman at the EMS Council. Any question on this requirement may be directed to rkaufman@emsi.org at 412-494-5574


PHRN Prepare

The PHRN Prepare modules are designed to assist registered nurses with gaining additional knowledge that is beneficial as they challenge the process of the Prehospital Nurse certification.

The PHRN Prepare modules are conducted by Regional Council staff and assistants and are provided at no cost to the participants.

The PHRN Prepare modules are not mandatory, are not a requirement for certification, and are not considered an examination.  These modules are most beneficial for Registered Nurses with little or no prehospital experience.

PHRN Prepare – Module 1 ( 4 hours )

  • Next classe is May 30
  •  Is designed to familiarize the Registered Nurse with the initial application process and exam processes as they attempt to earn certification as Prehospital Registered Nurses.

Class Work includes the following:

  • An overview of the assessment and management of patients encountered in the prehospital setting.  ( Medical and Trauma )
  • Spinal immobilization of a patient that is found in various positions including those laying supine and those found in a seated position.
  • Splinting and the immobilization of bone / joint injuries
  • Bleeding control and shock management
  • Cardiac arrest management and the use of an AED
  • Oxygen administration and Bag Valve Mask Ventilation.

PHRN Prepare – Module 2 ( 7 hours )

  • The next classes are scheduled for June 20, 2014 and October 10, 2014.
  • Is designed to assist the Registered Nurse in preparing for the NREMT cognitive exam as it places a heavy emphasis on Advanced Life Support Skills utilized by prehospital providers.  Additionally, this module will allow the PHRN candidate to learn about and practice with equipment that is utilized by prehospital ALS providers who function with an ambulance or flight service.

       Class Work includes the following:

  •  Management of Cardiac Emergencies and the recognition of a STEMI
  • Advanced Airway Management
  •  Oral Intubation
  • Nasal Intubation
  • Digital Intubation
  • Alternative Airway Devices ( King LT and Combi-tube )
  • Prehospital utilization of CPAP devices
  •  Intraosseous access via manual and mechanical devices
  •  Pediatric patients
  • Adult patients
  • Prehospital Pharmacology
  •  ALS and BLS Trauma care
  •  Trauma patient intubation with spinal immobilization
  • Chest Decompression for Tension Pneumothorax
  • Emergency airway procedures
  • Shock management
  •  EMS operations
  •  Use of BLS and ALS protocols
  • Triage
  • Medical Incident Command