EMS Continuing Education

Continuing Education (Con-ed/CE) Defined:

Continuing Education for EMS providers is defined in EMS Rules and Regulations as “those learning activities intended to build upon the education and experiential basis of pre-hospital EMS personnel for the enhancement of practice, education, administration, research or theory development, to strengthen the quality of care provided.”

Con-ed is a method used by many healthcare professionals to maintain licensure or certification. Continuing education credits in Pennsylvania are categorized as either “Clinical Patient Care and Core (formerly known as medical/trauma)” or “Other.”

 

The Difference between “Clinical Patient Care/Core” and “Other”:

Clinical patient care/core education focuses on the care, including assessment, of an individual who is believed to be sick, injured, wounded, or otherwise incapacitated and helpless and in need of immediate medical attention. Clinical patient care con-ed includes all clinical aspects of patient care.

Topics such as response planning, legal aspects, communications, documentation, hazardous materials, emergency vehicle driving, or other operational issues are considered con-ed in the “other” category.

 

PA EMS Registry - View Your Con-Ed Credits Any Time:

The PA EMS Registry System is a web-based application where each EMS provider’s certification related information is securely managed by the PA Department of Health. This is their official record of certification information for providers. This program includes providers’ official con-ed records including CPR dates.

Providers are encouraged to access their certification information. Access is available 24-hours a day, seven-days a week.

https://ems.health.state.pa.us/emsportal/

 

Con-Ed Opportunities:

Con-ed can be completed a variety of ways: classroom settings through an approved con-ed sponsor, online through Train PA, or con-ed by endorsement.

Train PA:

Train PA is the online learning management system for EMS providers to complete continuing education. When an EMS provider successfully completes a PA approved class on Train PA, the system will automatically apply the continuing education credits into the EMS provider’s record in the PA EMS Registry.

To get started or continue taking education on Train Pa, click the following link:

https://pa.train.org/DesktopShell.aspx

If you experience an issue with logging into Train PA please contact your Regional EMS Council for assistance.

Con-Ed by Endorsement:

The Con-Ed by Endorsement process allows Pennsylvania EMS providers to receive continuing education credit for courses not normally registered as PA Department approved continuing education classes. Con-Ed by Endorsement can be applied for EMS or medical conferences and lectures or con-ed classes taken through websites or other venues in or outside Pennsylvania.

To receive Con-Ed by Endorsement, please download and complete the Con-Ed by Endorsement form. The complete form along with all course materials (handouts, syllabus, etc.) can be returned to the EHSF at coned@ehsf.org. The EHSF Education Department will evaluate the content and apply the appropriate total of con-ed credits.

 

CPR Requirement:

In addition to obtaining the necessary con-ed credits, providers must successfully complete or teach a CPR course approved by PA DOH at least once every two years. Proof of completion (copy of the front and back of a properly signed CPR card) must be submitted to the regional EMS council. It is not guaranteed the CPR instructor or the sponsoring agency will submit CPR cards on the provider’s behalf.

 

The Importance of Accurate Contact Information:

It is the provider’s responsibility to keep their legal name and address current with the regional EMS council. Providers must report name or address changes to the regional EMS council within 30 days of any change. It is also important to maintain an accurate telephone number and e-mail address so regional staff can contact providers regarding certification status.