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Initial EMS Certification

EMS Providers

“EMS provider” means a holder of a certificate to practice at any level issued pursuant to section 4765.30 of the Ohio Revised Code, including emergency medical responder (EMR), emergency medical technician (EMT), advanced emergency medical technician (AEMT), and paramedic.

Course Entrance Requirements

EMS provider course entrance requirements vary depending on the level of certification sought. For example, accredited EMS programs can admit students who are at least seventeen years old who are enrolled in the twelfth or final grade in a secondary school program and who otherwise meet the requirement for admission into an emergency medical technician program. In addition, a prerequisite for admission into an advanced emergency medical technician program is certification as an emergency medical technician. A prerequisite for admission into a paramedic training program is certification as either an advanced emergency medical technician or an emergency medical technician. For further information please reference Chapter 4765-6-02 and Chapter 4765-7-02 of the Ohio Administrative Code and section 4765.30 of the Ohio Revised Code; or contact an Ohio accredited EMS training program to discuss EMS course admission requirements.

EMS Training Program Curriculum & Education Standards

Application Requirements

  • Successfully complete an EMS training program through an accredited institution and receive a certificate verifying completion of such program at the level for which the certificate to practice is sought
  • Successfully complete the following Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training courses:
    • National incident management system course IS-700
    • Incident command system course IS-100 or online equivalent
  • Pass an initial certification examination in accordance with rule 4765-8-05 of the Ohio Administrative Code
  • Submit a completed application

In addition to the application requirements listed above, applicants:

  • Shall be at least eighteen years of age;
  • Shall have not been convicted of, pled guilty to, had a judicial finding of guilt for, or had a judicial finding of eligibility for treatment and/or intervention in lieu of conviction for, a felony, a misdemeanor committed in the course of practice, a misdemeanor involving moral turpitude, a violation of any federal, state, county, or municipal narcotics or controlled substance law, or any act committed in another state or jurisdiction that, if committed in Ohio, would constitute a violation set forth in this paragraph;
  • Shall have not been adjudicated mentally incompetent by a court of law;
  • Shall, at the time of application, not be under indictment for any felony or have any misdemeanor charges pending as outlined in paragraph (A)(6) of rule 4765-8-01;
  • Shall have not have engaged in the illegal use or illegal acquisition of controlled substances, alcohol, or other habit-forming drugs or chemical substances while on duty as an EMS provider;
  • Shall have not committed fraud or material deception in applying for, or obtaining a certificate issued under Chapter 4765 of the Ohio Revised Code;
  • Shall have not been convicted, in this state or another state, of providing emergency medical services or representing himself/herself as an EMS provider without a license or certificate, or similar crime directly related to the profession of EMS; and
  • Shall not currently have, or previously had their certification or license as an EMS provider in this state or another state placed on probationary status, or suspended or revoked by the board or EMS certifying or licensing entity in another state.

Ohio Administrative Code: 4765-8-01

To Apply

An initial EMS application may not be submitted until your training institution provides you with a class ID and password.

Application – EMS Provider Initial Certification

EMS Instructors

EMS Instructor

“EMS instructor” means a person who holds a certificate to teach an EMS training program or EMS continuing education program, issued in accordance with section 4765.23 of the Revised Code and rule 4765-18-05 of the Administrative Code. An EMS instructor may teach an EMS training or EMS continuing education program at or below the level of the instructor's certificate to practice.

Course Entrance Requirements

Prior to admission into an EMS instructor course, an individual shall meet all of the following requirements:

  • In the preceding seven years, has been certified or licensed for at least five years as an EMS provider, registered nurse or physician assistant;
  • Possesses a current and valid certificate to practice as an EMS provider or holds a current and valid Ohio license to practice as a registered nurse or a physician assistant.

Ohio Administrative Code: 4765-18-03

Pre-requisite for 8-Hour Module Specific to EMS

Prior to admission into the 8-Hour Module Specific to EMS, an individual shall meet all of the following requirements:

  • Successfully passed the instructor knowledge examination within the preceding three years at the level of the individual’s certificate to practice as an EMS provider;
  • Successfully passed the practical examination within the preceding three years at the level of the individual's certificate to practice as an EMS provider.

Ohio Administrative Code: 4765-18-03

Qualifications

An applicant for an EMS instructor certificate shall meet all of the following requirements:

  • Submits a completed “EMS Instructor Initial Application”;
  • In the preceding seven years, has been certified or licensed for at least five years as an EMS provider, registered nurse or physician assistant;
  • Possesses a current and valid certificate to practice as an EMS provider or holds a current and valid Ohio license to practice as a registered nurse or a physician assistant;
  • Successfully passed the instructor knowledge examination, as set forth in rule 4765-18-03 of the Ohio Administrative Code, within the preceding three years at the level of the individual’s certificate to practice as an EMS provider;
  • Successfully passed the practical examination, as set forth in rule 4765-18-03 of the Ohio Administrative Code, within the preceding three years at the level of the individual's certificate to practice as an EMS provider;
  • Successfully completed an EMS instructor training program as set forth in rule 4765-18-04 of the Administrative Code;
  • Successfully passed the instructional methods examination established by the board pursuant to section 4765.11 of the Ohio Revised Code within one year of completion of all of the other components of the EMS instructor training program, except as provided in 4765-18-13 of the Ohio Administrative Code. Failure to pass this examination within three attempts will require completion of a new EMS instructor training program;
  • Is in compliance with the requirements as set forth in paragraphs (A)(6) to (A)(12) of rule 4765-8-01 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

Ohio Administrative Code: 4765-18-05

Assistant EMS Instructor

“EMS assistant instructor” means a person who holds a certificate to teach an EMS training program or EMS continuing education program, issued in accordance with section 4765.23 of the Revised Code and rule 4765-18-18 of the Administrative Code. All course instruction and preparation must occur under the mentorship of a certified EMS instructor.

Course Entrance Requirements

Prior to admission into an EMS assistant instructor course, an individual shall meet all of the following requirements:

  • In the preceding five years, has been certified or licensed for at least three years as an EMS provider, registered nurse or physician assistant;
  • Possesses a current and valid certificate to practice as an EMS provider or holds a current and valid Ohio license to practice as a registered nurse or a physician assistant;
  • Successfully passed the instructor knowledge examination, as set forth in rule 4765-18-03 of the Administrative Code, within the preceding three years at the level of the individual’s certificate to practice as an EMS provider;
  • Successfully passed the practical examination, as set forth in rule 4765-18-03 of the Administrative Code, within the preceding three years at the level of the individual's certificate to practice as an EMS provider.

Ohio Administrative Code: 4765-18-18

Qualifications

An applicant for an EMS assistant instructor certificate shall meet all of the following requirements:

  • Submits a completed "EMS Assistant Instructor Initial Application";
  • In the preceding five years, has been certified or licensed for at least three years as an EMS provider, registered nurse or physician assistant;
  • Possesses a current and valid certificate to practice as an EMS provider or holds a current and valid Ohio license to practice as a registered nurse or a physician assistant;
  • Successfully passed the instructor knowledge examination, as set forth in rule 4765-18-03 of the Administrative Code, within the preceding three years at the level of the individual’s certificate to practice as an EMS provider;
  • Successfully passed the practical examination, as set forth in rule 4765-18-03 of the Ohio Administrative Code, within the preceding three years at the level of the individual's certificate to practice as an EMS provider;
  • Successfully completed the eight hours in instruction specific to the field of emergency medical services as outlined in rule 4765-18-04 of the Administrative Code;
  • Completes ten hours of supervised teaching in the presence of an EMS instructor, under the auspices of an accredited institution;
  • Is in compliance with the requirements set forth in paragraphs (A)(6) to (A)(12) of rule 4765-8-01 of the Administrative Code.

Ohio Administrative Code: 4765-18-18

EMS Continuing Education Instructor

“Continuing education instructor” or “CE instructor” means a person who holds a certificate to teach an EMS continuing education program, issued in accordance with section 4765.23 of the Revised Code and rule 4765-18-15 of the Administrative Code.

Qualifications

An applicant for an EMS continuing education instructor certificate shall meet all of the following requirements:

  • Submits a completed "Continuing Education Instructor Initial Application";
  • In the preceding five years, has been certified or licensed for at least three years as an EMS provider, registered nurse or physician assistant;
  • Possesses a current and valid certificate to practice as an EMS provider or holds a current and valid Ohio license to practice as a registered nurse or a physician assistant;
  • Provides a signature from the program director verifying that the applicant has provided written documentation of qualifications to teach continuing education;
  • Is in compliance with the requirements set for the in paragraphs (A)(6) to (A)(12) of rule 4765-8-01 of the Administrative Code.

Ohio Administrative Code: 4765-18-15

EMS Physician Instructor

“EMS physician instructor” means a person who holds a certificate to teach an EMS training program or EMS continuing education program, issued in accordance with section 4765.23 of the Revised Code and rule 4765-18-09 of the Administrative Code.

Qualifications

An applicant for an EMS physician instructor certificate shall meet all of the following requirements:

  • Submits a completed “Physician EMS Instructor Initial Application”;
  • Holds a current and valid Ohio license to practice medicine and surgery or osteopathic medicine and surgery that is in good standing;
  • Meets one of the following criteria:
    • Is an active medical director with an EMS agency, who meets the requirements set forth in rule 4765-3-05 of the Administrative Code;
    • Is recommended by the local RPAB;
    • Is recommended by the program director or program medical director of an accredited or approved training institution;
  • Is in compliance with the requirements set forth in paragraphs (A)(6) to (A)(12) of rule 4765-8-01 of the Ohio Administrative Code;

Ohio Administrative Code: 4765-18-09

EMS Physician Continuing Education Instructor

“EMS physician CE instructor” means a person who holds a certificate of training as a physician, issued in accordance with rule 4731-6-30 of the Administrative Code, who also holds a certificate to teach an EMS continuing education program, issued in accordance with section 4765.23 of the Revised Code and rule 4765-18-09 of the Administrative Code.

Qualifications

An applicant for an EMS physician CE instructor certification shall meet all of the following requirements:

  • Submits a completed “EMS Physician Instructor Initial Application or an Continuing Education Instructor Initial Application”;
  • Holds a current and valid training certificate as a physician that is in good standing;
  • Meets one of the following criteria:
    • is an active medical director with an EMS agency, who meets the requirements set forth in rule 4765-3-05 of the Administrative Code;
    • is recommended by the local RPAB;
    • is recommended by the program director or program medical director of an accredited or approved training institution;
  • Is in compliance with the requirements set forth in paragraphs (A)(6) to (A)(12) of rule 4765-8-01 of the Ohio Administrative Code.

Ohio Administrative Code: 4765-18-09