The New Hampshire Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (NHBEMS) has recently reorganized (7/2016). One of the changes has been to what was known as the "Education Section", it has been seperated into two categories: "Regulation" and "Education Delivery". This will better serve our customers and meet the ever-changing needs of the EMS community. The "Regulation" of the education system (course authorization, curricula review, licensing of Instructors, etc.) will be handled by the newly-formed EMS Operations Section, while "Education Delivery" will be handled within the Clinical Systems Section and will coordinate Bureau-sponsored continuing education programs as well as many state-wide conferences. For contact information see our Staff Directory.
EMS Operation Section - Education Regulation: (EMS Instructor/Coordinator Licensing & Education oversight)
In addition to Licensing and Inspections, EMS Operations oversees all authorized initial and refresher programs as listed in the Synopsis of Bureau Approved Training Programs . For each of the listed programs, specific curricula objectives must be included in order for the program to meet the training standards. Each of these programs must be taught by a NH licensed EMS Instructor/Coordinator who must receive approval from the Bureau for the training program at minimum 30 days in advance of the projected program's start date.
At the completion of an initial training program, each candidate is required to successfully complete both a practical skills exam and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) computer based (CBT) cognitive exam. Current NREMT Certification is required for licensure of EMS providers in New Hampshire.
Upcoming training programs and exams can be found in the Course and Exam Schedule.
Clinical Systems Section - Education Delivery: (Continuing education programs and statewide conferences)
Clinical Systems oversees New Hampshire-sponsored EMS continuing education, conferences, and online training programs.
Classroom style Bureau-sponsored EMS continuing education (CE), is offered at the Academy in Concord monthly, on the first Wednesday of the month (except for July and August) typically starting at 9am. Some evening programs are also offered. Whenever possible, these programs will also be presented via simulcast at the Northern EMS Office in Gorham, the Raymond S. Burton Training Facility in Bethlehem, and the 45th Parallel in Colebrook. Additionally, online CE is offered on the Division's Online Learning Academy.
A list of continuing education can be found in the Course and Exam Schedule: Continuing Education section.
For information on the NREMT's National Continued Competency Program (NCCP) please follow the link provided in this paragraph. All training must be State or CECBEMS (CAPCE)-approved.
Additionally, EMS continuing education courses are offered by many different organizations statewide. The content of these programs must meet current standards of practice. Sessions can be taught either "in-house" within a service or elsewhere. The categories and amount of continuing education needed for recertification is regulated by the NREMT (review of their website is encouraged).
The Course and Exam Schedule is updated regularly based on information submitted and includes any and all CE if the information is submitted to the Division for posting. This schedule also lists approved EMS courses, ALS, and BLS practical exams.
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