Alabama EMS Programs
A list of institutions offering EMSP education programs is available here.
A new presentation has been developed to introduce EMS students to the Office of EMS.
Lapsed National Registry Certification Information
Has your National Registry certification lapsed? Here is the information needed to see how to regain your certification.
National Registry Pass Rates
This chart shows the overall pass rate for each EMS Education Program in the state. The scores reflect the National Registry of EMT's exam pass rate within the first three attempts. It is also a combination of all of the EMS levels offered at each school. Please note the average of the current year will change periodically as tests are taken at the end of each semester. For example, some programs have tested EMT and/or AEMT this year, but many have not tested Paramedic yet. Regional scores are determined by the outcomes of the courses that are approved in the region during the year.
Approaching Alzheimer's: First Reponder Training
As a first responder, it’s critical to understand how to best approach situations involving someone with Alzheimer’s disease. Approaching Alzheimer's: First Responder Training program is a free, online training that features high-quality content in an interactive format, developed by the Alzheimer's Association with input from first responders. The training is not approved for continuing education credits but is good information for reference when dealing with Alzheimer's patients.
EMS Education Accreditation
In accordance with the 2019 Alabama Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Rules (Section 420-2-1-.32 Education Standards and Procedures), all institutions conducting classes for the purposes of EMS education must be accredited by the Office of EMS (OEMS). The accreditation process is based on national guidelines to ensure that successful EMS education curriculum completion will allow the student to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam with a reasonable expectation of passing.
The accreditation process will be conducted in two phases: Review of application and supporting documentation, and a site visit. All EMS education programs must complete an accreditation application. The site visit will only be conducted, for those education programs who are not Committee on Accreditation of Emergency Medical Services Profession (CoAEMSP) accredited.
The Credentialing Manual and the Accreditation Application are available online.
Interfacility Transfer Paramedic Course
Interfacility transports, like field work, will present the paramedic with a variety of conditions. These situations may range from the seemingly non-serious case of an individual receiving a vitamin infusion to the critical patient who has just suffered a muocardial infarction and is now receiving thrombolytic therapy. The standard Paramedic curriculum does not address the detailed use of ventilators, foley catheters, or chest tubes. Additionally, many of the medications that may be transported during interfacility transfers are not mentioned.
It would be impossible for the paramedic involved in transport work to keep abreast of all the pharmacologic agents available. It is however, incumbent on the transfer paramedic to maintain an above average knowledge of the more commonly used agents which their respective service may be called on to transport.
The Interfacility Transfer Paramedic Course has been designed to acquaint the Paramedic with the skills and knowledge necessary to maintain and administer a wide variety of medications. Additionally, the maintenance of certain procedures, such as chest tubes, are addressed.
- Instructor Manual
- Instructor Powerpoint
- Student Manual
- Interfacility Transfer Paramedic Course Certificate
Continuing Education and Refresher Courses
Rocket City Emergency Medical Conference and Handtevy Instructor Course
The Tennessee Valley Region has many of the fastest growing areas in the country. The city of Huntsville alone, is projected to become the state's largest city within the next 5 years. With such rapid growth, the demand for emergency medical care will increase in parallel. Our community is also very diverse, with residents and visitors from all across the country and the world. Thus, the demand for the skillful recognition and management of vast arrays of pathologies has never been greater. Rocket City Emergency Medical Conference is designed specifically with that in mind and includes topics focusing on pre‐ and in‐ hospital pediatric, medical and trauma resuscitations, the resurgence of vaccine preventable pediatric illnesses, disaster medicine, toxicology, end of life care in the ED, and many other focused topics. Our 2‐day curriculum and a preconference day skills lab will provide the most up to date practical knowledge and skills required to the work in our community as front line medical personnel. Part of the preconference will include the Handtevy Instructor Course with nationally recognized pediatric expert and educator, Dr. Peter Antevy. Registration for both the preconference and conference is available online.
Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Field Courses
EMR and EMT field courses are now available. If you would like to host a course, you will need to contact your regional office. For specific information on instructor and other educational requirements for EMS courses, please see section 420-2-1-.32 Education Standards and Procedures in the latest version of the Alabama EMS Rules.
Landing Zone Helicopter Safety
The Alabama Air Ambulance landing safety recommended guidelines are available online.
Naloxone Administration for Law Enforcement
All participating law enforcement officers will receive initial training that will include, at minimum, an overview of 2015 House Bill 208 that permits law enforcement use of Naloxone, patient assessment (e.g., signs/symptoms of overdose), universal precautions, rescue breathing, seeking medical attention, and the use of intra-nasal naloxone. Online training is available.
Page last updated: January 14, 2020