Continuing Education

PA EMS CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAM

Continuing Education for pre-hospital personnel is defined in EMS regulations as “those learning activities intended to build upon the education and experiential basis of pre-hospital EMS personnel for the enhancement of practice, education, administration , research or theory development, to strengthen the quality of care provided. “ CE is a method used by many healthcare professionals to maintain licensure or certification.

Continuing education credits in Pennsylvania are categorized as either medical/trauma or other.

Medical/trauma (direct patient care) education is education on the care, including assessment, of an individual who is believed to be sick, injured, wounded, or otherwise incapacitated and helpless and in need of immediate medical attention. Medical/trauma CE includes all clinical aspects of patient care, but for the purpose of CE credit does not include topics such as: response planning, legal aspects, communications, documentation, hazardous materials, EVOC, or other operational issues. These items would be considered CE in the “other” category.

Credit hours will be granted for portions of a course that relate to the prehospital practitioner’s scope of practice.

Continuing Education can be completed in a classroom setting, at our EMS Update conference held annually at Seven Springs or online on the Learning Management System.  Con-Ed requirements must be done BEFORE your expiration date.

No Pennsylvania prehospital practitioner will be awarded CE credit for CPR because the EMS Act specifically requires it.

A practitioner will be granted CE credit for a specific course only once in a certification cycle even if the practitioner has taken the course each year of the cycle.

After reviewing your “status report” from the PA EMS Registry system, you have thirty (30) days to notify your regional council of a discrepancy.

A practitioner who knowingly participates in a fraudulent act by a sponsor, e.g., adding names to the official course roster, will be subject to disciplinary action by the PA Department of Health.

It is your responsibility to keep your name and address current with your regional EMS council. You must report changes to the regional EMS council for the county in which you reside. It is recommended that this be done within 30 days of a change of address. Do not depend on  your mail to be automatically forwarded. Name changes must also be reported to the regional council. 

In addition to obtaining the necessary continuing education credits, you must also successfully complete or teach a CPR course approved by PA DOH at least once every two years. Proof of completion (a CPR card) must be submitted to the regional EMS council. Neither your instructor nor the sponsoring agency will submit this card for you. You are responsible to submit a signed copy (front and back) of your CPR card.

CE credit hours cannot be carried over from one (1) certification period to another. This means that if a practitioner has accrued more than the required number of CE credits for the three (3)-year period, the practitioner cannot apply these hours to the next certification period.

EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONDER (EMR):

— Sixteen (16) hours CE every three years

At least eight (8) hours of the sixteen (16) hours must be medical/trauma education

EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN (EMT):

— Twenty-four (24) hours CE every three years

At least twelve (12) hours of the twenty-four (24) hours must be medical/trauma education

EMT—PARAMEDIC, PHRN:

— Eighteen (18) hours CE each year

At least nine (9) hours of the eighteen (18) hours must be medical/trauma education


CON-ED BY ENDORSEMENT

The ConEd by Endorsement process has been established to allow for Pennsylvania EMS Professionals to receive CE Credit for courses that would not normally be registered as ConEd classes. Examples of classes like these are:

  • EMS Related CE Classes taken in other states
  • CE Classes taken through online websites other than the Pennsylvania Learning Management System
  • EMS or Medical conferences and lectures

It is important to remember that the CE by Endorsement process is NOT a replacement for registering CE Classes. CE Sponsors are still required to register CE Classes with the regional councils where the CE Classes are taught. Roster must still be received within 10 days after the end of the class. Students are encouraged to inquire and ensure that classes they are attending are registered with Pennsylvania.

If you feel that you have a class that can be considered for CE by Endorsement, please download and complete the CE by Endorsement form. Fax, email or mail in the form along with certificate of completion or completion card (front and back) for the courses you have taken. It will be evaluated and awarded CE based upon the level to which you are certified. Please include all course materials (handouts, lecture notes, etc.) so a proper evaluation of the class can be obtained.

Providers are reminded that the burden of demonstrating the applicability of a particular course is their responsibility. If there are questions regarding whether a course should receive credit, EMSI will contact you and ask for more information.

You cannot receive CE Credit for classes that are outside your scope of practice. For example, if you take an EKG course, and are certified as an EMT or First Responder, you will not be able to receive CE Credit for this. Also, if you are a PHRN or HP, you will not receive credit that is outside the National Standard Curriculum for EMT Paramedics. You can obtain copies of the National Standard Curriculum by going to www.ems.gov . If you have questions regarding this process, do not hesitate to call our office.


A brochure, detailing the continuing education program and providing additional information on EMS is available below.

Continuing Education Sponsor

Entities and institutions may apply for accreditation as a continuing education sponsor by submitting an application. Ultimately, the Department will grant accreditation to an applicant for accreditation as a continuing education sponsor if the applicant satisfies that the courses the applicant will offer will meet the following minimum standards:
  1. The courses shall be of intellectual and practical content.
  2. The courses shall contribute directly to the professional competence, skills and education of prehospital personnel.
  3. The course instructors shall possess the necessary practical and academic skills to conduct the course effectively.
  4. Course materials shall be well written, carefully prepared, readable and distributed to attendees at or before the time the course is offered whenever practical.
  5. The courses shall be presented by a qualified responsible instructor in a suitable setting devoted to the educational purpose of the course.
    1. Accreditation of the continuing education sponsor shall be effective for 3 calendar years.
    2. At least 90 days prior to expiration of the 3-year accreditation period, a continuing education sponsor shall apply to the Department for renewal of the sponsor’s accreditation. The Department will renew the sponsor’s accreditation if the sponsor meets all of the following requirements:
      1. The sponsor has presented, within the preceding 3 years, at least five separate continuing education courses which met the minimum standards in subsection (a).
      2. The sponsor establishes to the Department’s satisfaction that future courses to be offered by the sponsor will meet the minimum standards in subsection (a).
      3. The sponsor has satisfied its responsibilities under § 1003.32 (relating to responsibilities of continuing education sponsors).
    3. If the Department deems that the continuing education sponsor has demonstrated a history of understanding and compliance with the regulatory standards for providing continuing education to prehospital personnel, the Department may apprise the continuing education sponsor that its accreditation constitutes prior approval of continuing education courses offered under this chapter which are presented in a classroom setting, and permit the continuing education sponsor to assign the number of credit hours for such a course, based upon the criteria in § 1003.31(a) (relating to credit for continuing education).

* All Coned sponsors will be required to have at least 1 person from the sponsor designated as the coned administrator and receive training on the coned system

For questions regarding sponsorship, contact Rich Kaufman or Jackie Strasbaugh.

 

PA EMS REGISTRY SYSTEM

The PA EMS Registry System is a web-based application where all pre-hospital provider’s certification related information is securely  managed by the PA DOH and is the official record of certification information for providers.

This program includes your official Con-Ed record including CPR dates. Providers now have access to their certification information 24/7.

You can also search for continuing education classes being held in your area. 

ON-LINE Continuing Education

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has partnered with CentreLearn to facilitate Commonwealth-sponsored training for emergency response personnel throughout Pennsylvania. The PA Prepared Learning Management System is the web-based tool used for registering response personnel for online and resident training, tracking student progress, accepting student feedback, and providing the student with a certificate once the sponsored training has been successfully completed.

To obtain credit, you must complete all of the requirements of each course, including the brief survey at the conclusion of the course/examination. You must complete the survey for the course to count towards your continuing education requirement.

For Pennsylvania providers. LMS courses can only be taken one time to count for con-ed. You may repeat the course for information, but con-ed will not be awarded more than one time. Your progress is automatically downloaded to your regional council once a week. You do NOT have to print and send in certificates of completion. Also please check your classes carefully when obtaining Coned credit online through LMS.  Not all classes on LMS are eligible for Coned credit.

Pennyslvania also recognizes the Healthstream line of Internet-based continuing education courses.  To receive credit for Healthstream course completions, practitioners must use the Continuing Edcucation by Endorsement Form and process. 

NOTE: Pennsylvania does not recognize Internet-based coned from www.myWebCE.com nor from any other Internet-based source other than CentreLearn and EMInet.

 

 

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