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EMS Educational Guidelines

In 2009 the National EMS Education Standards were released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Standards define the minimal entry-level educational competencies for each level of EMS personnel. Eventually, the Standards will replace the current Department of Transportation National Standard Curricula (NSC). The less rigid Standards format supports diverse implementation methods and more frequent content updates.

The new national standards can be found by clicking on the links below.  These documents are presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). A PDF reader is required for viewing. Download a PDF Reader or learn more about PDFs.

Implementing the Educational Guidelines

The National Association of State EMS Officers (NASEMSO) has developed some resources to assist educators. Some of the items in the toolkit include:

You can see the entire toolkit on the NASEMSO website.

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Emergency Medical Services Division of the Department of Health - HEPRA
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(202) 671-4222
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