EMT-Paramedic Testing Procedure
[31 Pa.B. 5415]
Under section 11(d)(1)(ii) and (iii) of the Emergency Medical Services Act (35 P. S. § 6931(d)(1)(ii) and (iii)), and 28 Pa. Code § 1003.24 (relating to EMT-paramedic), effective October 1, 2001, the Department of Health (Department) is adopting the written EMT-Paramedic Examination of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (National Registry) as the Department's written examination for EMT-paramedic certification in this Commonwealth, and the EMT-Paramedic Practical Examination of the National Registry as the Department's practical skills examination for EMT-paramedic certification in this Commonwealth.
Individuals testing under the EMT-paramedic examination currently administered by the Department who do not successfully pass that examination prior to October 1, 2001, will be eligible to test three times between October 1, 2001, and December 15, 2001, on a written transition examination administered by the Department, if they choose not to take the National Registry examinations during that period. During this transition period, these individuals will not be required to take a separate practical skills examination. Individuals who do not successfully complete the transition examination during this transition period will be eligible to test under the National Registry process.
Individuals with questions on the testing process may contact the EMS training institute conducting the EMT-paramedic training program in which they are enrolled or the regional EMS council in their area. A list of regional EMS councils can be found on the Department's website under the Emergency Medical Services quick link at www.health.state.pa.us.
EMT-paramedic certifications issued under the Emergency Medical Services Act are permanent. Consequently, persons certified by the Department as EMT-paramedics based upon their passing the National Registry examinations will not be required to maintain National Registry certification to maintain their EMT-paramedic certifications in this Commonwealth. EMT-paramedics will need to satisfy the continuing education requirements imposed by the Department's regulations, not the National Registry continuing education requirements, to maintain and renew medical command authorization in this Commonwealth.
Persons with a disability who require an alternative format of this notice (for example, large print, audiotape, Braille) should contact S. Gail Dubs, Department of Health, Emergency Medical Services Office, Room 1032, Health and Welfare Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120, (717) 787-0874. Persons with speech or hearing impairment may telephone V/TT: (717) 783-6154 or use the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay service at (800) 654-5984 [TT].
ROBERT S. ZIMMERMAN, Jr.,
[Pa.B. Doc. No. 01-1743. Filed for public inspection September 21, 2001, 9:00 a.m.]
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