Certifications

EMS vehicle operator.

 (a) Roles and responsibilities. An EMSVO operates ground EMS vehicles for an EMS agency, as authorized by an EMS agency.

 (b) Certification. The Department will certify as an EMSVO an individual who meets the following qualifications:

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

 (2) Is 18 years of age or older.

 (3) Has a current driver's license.

 (4) Is not addicted to alcohol or drugs.

 (5) Is free from physical or mental defect or disease that may impair the person's ability to drive a ground EMS vehicle.

 (6) Has successfully completed an emergency vehicle operator's course of instruction approved by the Department.

 (7) Has not:

 (i) Been convicted within the last 4 years prior to the date of application of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

 (ii) Within the last 2 years prior to the date of application been convicted of reckless driving or had a driver's license suspended due to use of drugs or alcohol or a moving traffic violation.

 (8) Has successfully completed an EVOC following a disqualification from certification under paragraph (7), regardless of whether the person successfully completed the course previously.


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 isto 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.


 


 

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