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Q. Changes to the 2009 - 2010 National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Recertification Plan. Will I be allowed to use ACLS for 16 hours of continuing education as I have in the past.

A. After much reseach, I am not sure if you will be able to utilize this or not. At this point all I can currently cite is the current information on the National Registry of EMT's Webpage regarding Paramedic Recertification:

Q. Do you have to take an organized refresher to recertify as a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic?

A. The simple answer is, I don't know. This is dependant on your state. In the past, Louisiana has required all Paramedics to take a Bureau of EMS Approved Refresher Class in order to recertify with National Registry. In 2009 this has changed, and the Bureau of EMS in Louisiana now allows Paramedics to obtain a refresher equilivent through approved continuing education hours.

Q. There have been several rumors about paramedics in the near future. Some of them include that a paramedic will not be able to become Nationally Registered if they did not attend an accredited paramedic program and in the next several years a paramedic will have to be degreed to maintain their paramedic. Is any of this true?

A. I have heard some of this, but most of it is not correct. All of these rumors are directly related to the new EMS Education Agenda and the new EMS Scope of Practice Model which has just come out. I recommend that all Paramedics become familiar with the EMS Agenda for the Future. Everyone should also be familiar with the EMS Education Agenda and the EMS Scope of Practice Model. Both of these can be found on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web Site.






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