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REFRESHER COURSES 


CFR and EMT Refresher

Offered through Erie County EMS at 3359 Broadway, Cheektowaga, New York 14227 (716) 681-6070

Candidates do not need to hold a current certification card in order to enroll in a refresher course. However, they must have proof that they were once certified in the State of New York at or above the level of the refresher course in which, they are enrolling in. No candidate will be allowed to enroll in a refresher course unless they have been previously or are currently certified. Occasionally, NYS-BEMS will grant a candidate permission to enroll in a refresher course based upon previous training in another state. The student must submit a letter from NYS-BEMS to the CIC for proof of eligibility and any advanced standing that has been granted.

Candidates with a “Lapsed Certification” pursuant to Section 800.8 State EMS Code: all CFR/EMT certifications will expire at 12 midnight on the expiration date shown on the certification card. After that time the individual is no longer certified. The candidate may NOT practice as a NYS certified provider. Pursuant to Section 800.18 State EMS Code, at any time in the future, an individual may enroll in a refresher program and complete the course requirements. They must take and pass both the State certifying Practical Skills Examination and the State certifying written examination in order to renew their certification. These candidates are eligible to take all portions of the challenge components of the refresher course.

If the candidate fails the State Written Certification Examination he/she may retest once, either at the level originally sought or at a lower level of certification. The first and second attempts to pass the Written Certification Examination must be completed within one year of passing the course’s Final Practical Skills Examination. If after the second examination the student fails, he/she may enroll in an original or refresher course. If the student wishes to enroll in a refresher course, he/she must do so within one year of the date of the course completion.

ALS Refresher Courses (AEMT, EMT-CC, EMT-P)

Offered at Erie Community College South Campus (716) 851-1781

The candidate must have a current advanced EMT card at the level of the course in which he/she is enrolling that will expire within the next eighteen (18) months or be an advanced EMT with a lapsed certification.

Candidates with a “Lapsed Certification” pursuant to Section 800.8 EMS Code: all Advanced EMT certifications will expire at 12 midnight on the expiration date shown on the certification card. After that time the individual is no longer certified. The candidate may NOT practice as an Advanced EMT. Pursuant to Section 800.18 State EMS Code: at any time in the future, and individual may enroll in a refresher program and complete the course requirements. They must take and pass both the States certifying Practical Skills Examination and the State certifying written examination in order to renew their certification. These candidates are eligible to take all portions of the challenge components of the refresher course. Any person who has been expired for more than six years is also eligible to take an original course.

Occasionally, NYS-BEMS will grant a candidate permission to enroll in a refresher course based upon previous training in another state. The student must submit a letter from NYS-BEMS to the CIC as proof of eligibility and any advanced standing that has been granted. Please staple a copy of the documentation to the student’s application form (DOH-65) and send it to NYS-BEMS along with the rest of the student applications.

If the candidate fails the State Written Certification Examination he/she may retest once, either at the level originally sought or at a lower level of certification. The first and second attempts to pass the Written Certification Examination must be completed within one year of passing the course’s Final Practical Skills Examination. If after the second examination the student fails, he/she may enroll in an original or refresher course. If the student wishes to enroll in a refresher course, he/she must do so within one year of completion of the course.

ALS RAPID REFRESHER COURSE

ALS Rapid Refresher Course (AEMT, EMT-CC, Paramedic)

Purpose

The ALS rapid recertification program is designed to allow currently certified ALS providers who remain clinically active and competent, admission to the State practical skills and written recertification examinations without the necessity of completing a full refresher course. Based on the Service Medical Director’s affirmation that the recertification applicant is clinically competent and qualified to continue practicing, the ALS provider can apply for admission to an ALS Rapid Recertification exam. In essence, emphasis will be shifted from periodic refresher courses (once every three years) to on-going assessment and physician directed quality assurance, quality improvement and continuing education.

Eligibility

The Service Medical Director will establish specific written requirements for participation in the ALS rapid recert program; these requirements must be maintained on file by the EMS service. The criteria for eligibility will include, but is not limited to all of the following:

1. NYS-BEMS ALS certification must be valid and remain valid through the date of the first class session.

2. Actively practicing as a New York State Certified ALS provider within a regionally approved ALS system.

3. Clinically competent and qualified to practice as an ALS provider.

4. Remains proficient in all of the cognitive and performance objectives of the New York State approved ALS curriculum.

5. In the judgment of the Service Medical Director the candidate is of sound character and judgment.

6. Successfully completed the national cognitive and skills objectives in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Emergency Cardiac Care as outlined in the Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiac Care: Recommendations of the [most current] National Conference.

7. Other requirements as set forth by the Service Medical Director.

 

The determination of whether a candidate meets the above criteria is made solely by the Service Medical Director and shall be based on, but not limited to, direct clinical observation, evaluation of performance through quality improvement/quality assurance activities, in-service training, and continuing medical education (CME).

Since the recertification candidate’s last certification, he/she must have participated in activities to review and/or be evaluated on all of the areas of the core-content of the ALS curriculum. It is essential that the applicant’s Service Medical Director be satisfied that all criteria has been met.

 

1. Policy Statement 11-05, Providing Medical Control:

“Service Medical Director” means a physician identified by an EMS service who has been approved by one or more REMAC(s) as having met their credentialing policies and procedures, who is directly responsible for the medical care provided by the certified EMS personnel of that EMS service, and who provides and participates in the EMS service’s quality improvement program.

The New York State practical skills examination must be administered by a Course Sponsor approved to conduct AEMT Refresher Courses. The Course Sponsor must not have a vested interest in the outcome of the examination (i.e., an EMS provider agency should not conduct an examination for its own members/employees). If no independent Course Sponsor is available in an area, the department may consider an exemption to this policy, on a case-by-case basis.

Candidates who have failed the practical skills examination portion of the AEMT Rapid Recertification must enroll in and successfully complete a traditional Refresher course prior to being admitted to another practical skills examination. Candidates who have failed the state written certification exam for the Rapid Recertification after two attempts must enroll in and successfully complete a traditional Refresher course (including the practical skills examination) prior to being admitted to another Written Certification Examination.

To apply for the State Certification Examination the Course Sponsor must submit a Course Application (DOH-782), Course Memorandum (DOH-263), and attach an Application for AEMT Rapid Recertification (DOH-4010) for each recertification candidate. This material must be received by the department at least 8 weeks prior to the proposed written certification examination.

Course Application

The Course Application (DOH-782) must be complete with original signatures. Under section 4, Type of Course, the sponsor should check OTHER, and write in AEMT RAPID RECERT with level. For sections 5-11, enter information on the Certified Instructor Coordinator (CIC) who will coordinate the practical skills examination. For section 12, Starting Date, enter the date you are submitting the application (the Starting Date must precede the Practical Examination Date). For section 13, Practical Examination Date, enter the date you will be conducting the practical skills examination (the Practical Examination Date must precede the Written Examination Date). For section 14, Written Examination Date, enter the date you are requesting the State written certification examination (must be on a scheduled exam date). A course schedule must accompany the Course Application.

Course Memorandum

The course Memorandum (DOH-263) must be completed on both sides and attached to the Course Application. Under Course Information, check the box for EMT-AEMT-Refresher. Under section D, Other, write in AEMT Rapid Recert (AEMT, CC or P). Leave blank the line for Class Day(s) and Class Time(s).

Application for AEMT Rapid Recertificaion

An application for AEMT Rapid Recertification (DOH-4010) must be completed and submitted with original signatures on both sides of the form. This is a two-sided form that will only be accepted as such, do not submit this application on two separate sheets. An application for each candidate must be attached to the Course Memorandum. Leave the Course Number blank, this number will be assigned upon approval of the application and returned to the sponsor with the Course Approval Notification form.

The Course Sponsor is responsible for verifying that the Service Medical Director is a physician identified by an EMS service who has been approved by one or more REMAC(s) as having met their crendentialing policies and procedures.

Distribution of Exam Grading Sheets

Copies of the exam-grading sheet for each practical skills station must be distributed to the candidate at least one week prior to the practical skills examination.

Practical Exam Administration

As with regular refresher courses, the practical skills exam must include all skill stations as outlined in the Advanced Level Examination Coordinator’s Manual.

Other Paperwork

Upon receipt and approval of the above, the sponsor will be sent a Course Approval Notification, Class Roster and Student Examination Ticket for each candidate. At the time of the written certification examination the sponsor must provide the exam proctor with the signed Class Roster and Final Practical Skills Examination Summary sheet (DOH-2733). Each candidate must sign their Student Examination Ticket in front of the proctor.