EMS Education

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.

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.

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.

Continuing Education and Refresher Courses

Training Opportunities

12-Lead ECG and STEMI Activation

This presentation examines the various issues related to making the decision to activate STEMI protocols. The goal is to help you become more comfortable and confident in maximizing correct STEMI activation and reducing inappropriate activation. This course offers 4 hours of CEUs at no cost to the provider. The course will be held at Calhoun Community College in Decatur (map). There will be 6 slots for each for hour session on November 12, 13, and 14. You only need to attend one session. The sessions will be held 8:00 am-12:00 pm or 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. To reserve a seat, please contact Dion Schultz.

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. The educational infrastructure for instructor qualifications and other information regarding the courses is available online.

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: September 4, 2019