National EMS Education Standards Draft 2 Public Comment Form

The National EMS Education Standards, first published in 2009, are being revised with the support of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s EMS for Children (EMSC) Program. The revision is a community-wide, collaborative effort being led by the National Association of EMS Educators and the RedFlash Group.

The project’s Development Team met early last year to review the 2019 National EMS Scope of Practice Model and stakeholder input and to produce a first draft of the revisions, which was released for public comment in the fall. Based on that feedback, the second draft of proposed revisions to the National EMS Education Standards was developed. Public comment can be provided on the second draft of the National EMS Education Standards until March 17 using this online form.

The National EMS Education Standards were created to outline the critical topics to be covered in the initial education of the four levels of EMS clinician: EMR, EMT, AEMT and paramedic. The revised EMS Education Standards will define the competencies, clinical behaviors, and judgments that EMS personnel must have to meet practice guidelines described in the updated National EMS Scope of Practice Model. The standards are meant to provide a high-level outline of those topics, not a curriculum; nor are they intended to limit EMS educational programs from going beyond the competencies contained within. Other important issues, such as continuing education, specialty certifications, degree requirements or the nomenclature of EMS professionals are also outside the scope of this effort. For more information about the role of the National EMS Education Standards and the effort to revise them, please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

How This Draft was Created

A Development Team comprised of EMS education experts from across the country spent considerable time reviewing the new National EMS Scope of Practice Model and soliciting feedback from EMS stakeholder organizations. The revisions proposed in the first draft reflected those discussions, as well as current best practices in EMS and the vision for people-centered EMS described in EMS Agenda 2050. Following the release of that draft and the subsequent public comment period, the Development Team read all of the input that was received and discussed it at multiple meetings. This second draft is the result of those discussions.

Provide Your Feedback Here

Complete the form below and select NEXT to provide your comments on the second draft of the revised National EMS Education Standards. You are welcome to provide commentary on the entire document or any one section.

The Development Team will meet in late March to review all comments and feedback. Questions or comments can be sent to [email protected]. Thank you for your participation.