New Certification Levels
In July 2011, the revised 6 CCR 1015-3 Chapter One Rules – “Rules Pertaining to EMS Education and Certification” became effective in Colorado. The title for each level of EMS provider was changed to be consistent with the National Scope of Practice Model.
In addition, some other changes were made to the rules:
- EMS Education Programs that are currently recognized at the “old” levels are authorized to continue providing services using the new titles for the remainder of their current recognition periods.
- EMS Education Programs that are currently recognized as an Intermediate “Center” or “Group” are automatically recognized as an AEMT Center or Group respectively for the remainder of their current recognition periods.
- Total continuing education hours did not change. However, the number of pediatric and obstetrical hours was divided into two separate topic categories.
- The AEMT level will require 36 hours of continuing education (same hours as the EMT level).
The scope of practice rules - 6 CCR 1015-3 Chapter Two - “EMS Practice and Medical Director Oversight Rules” were also revised to reflect the changes necessary to implement the EMS Education Agenda.
- The term “EMS Provider” has been added to the definitions to mean, “all levels of emergency medical technician certification as issued by the department”.
- The new level of AEMT was added throughout the Rule as appropriate.
- The new level titles of EMT, EMT-I and Paramedic replaced the old titles.
- AEMT medical acts, skills and medications were added to Appendices A, B, C, D.
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