EMS Coordinator - Instructor Certification

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EMS Coordinator Certification

EMS Instructor Certification 

     

 


Initial Coordinator Certification

A course coordinator is an individual who has the overall responsibility for conducting an EMS training course under the direction of an approved EMS training program. Course coordinators may be certified as a basic coordinator or as an advanced coordinator, but can not coordinate courses above their personnel certification level.

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Requirements for initial coordinator certification

Currently, a coordinator course is offered only once a year, and enrollment is traditionally limited to 25 students. Completion of a course is the primary hurdle to coordinator certification, therefore the below described course enrollment requirements are listed first. Click here for details on the 2013 EMS Coordinator Course

RedballCourse Enrollment Eligibility/Screening Criteria

Candidates must provide an application and documentation of enrollment eligibility for annual coordinator course at the Texas EMS Conference. The course is announced in the Texas EMS Magazine and on the EMS / Trauma Systems website in the spring of each year and held at the annual conference in November.

Enrollment is competitive. Weighted screening criteria include:

  • currently meeting the requirements of 25 TAC, §157.43(d) or (e), Course Coordinator Certification*;
    • Background : Because there is limited enrollment capacity, only candidates who provide indication of meeting certification requirements are admitted into the class. This criterion is given the highest priority.
  • the ability to adhere to the application instructions;
    • Background : Coordinators are routinely required to help students complete forms and provide documentation for EMS certification, response reports, etc. The ability to do it themselves is an indication of the ability to read and follow lengthy and detailed instructions. Prospective students who fill out all class applications appropriately and provide sufficient documentation are given a high priority.
  • an urgent need for a primary coordinator in an established training program;
    • Background : Due to the limited enrollment capacity, when documentation provides evidence of an urgent need for a replacement coordinator in an established program, a high priority is assigned.
  • a general need for a back up or co-coordinator in an established training program;
    • Background : Due to limited enrollment capacity, when documentation provides evidence of a need for a back-up coordinator in an established program, a medium priority is assigned.
  • a proposed need for a coordinator in a proposed training program
    • Background : Due to the limited enrollment capacity, when a prospective student is not affiliated with an approved training program, a low priority is assigned. This priority may be raised if the prospective student provides evidence that he or she is affiliated with an established institution which has sufficient infrastructure to support an EMS training program. For example, priority would increase if the proposed program was a training hospital, college or university, or other such institution with existing non-EMS training programs, and is simply adding an EMS training program.


* The eligibility requirements regarding affiliation and instructor evaluations have traditionally been confusing to candidates. When providing evidence of affiliation and positive instructor evaluation, coordinator course applicants must provide documentation:

  • of affiliation which places themselves as the subordinate, employee or member under the supervision of the sponsoring entity (an approved training program as defined in the rule), or if applicable, their new program is a subsidiary of or in consortium with a sponsoring entity with sufficient infrastructure to support the program;
  • that the supervising or sponsoring program will provide oversight and/or have supervisory authority over the coordinator / program;
  • of actual instructor evaluations, signed by the supervising coordinator, showing they were conducted while serving as an instructor for that coordinator.


Click here for details on the 2013 EMS Coordinator Course


RedballBasic Coordinator Certification Eligibility Requirements

  • Maintain state certification as at least an EMT-basic
  • Have been a certified EMS instructor for at least two consecutive years
  • Have documented at least 120 hours of instruction for initial EMS certificants or have successfully conducted an EMT-basic course
  • Submit documentation of positive evaluations as a certified instructor
  • Provide evidence of affiliation and operate under the supervision of a licensed provider, an EMS medical director, a teaching hospital, a regionally accredited post-secondary educational institution and/or a health care institution accredited by an organization recognized by DSHS
  • Submit letters of intent from qualified providers of clinical and field internship experience
  • Successfully complete a DSHS-sponsored course coordinator training course
  • Submit INITIAL EMS coordinator, instructor and information operator instructor certification application and fee, if applicable, to the Texas Dept of State Health Services.  Mailing address on the application form. 
  • Pass state written examination within one year of course completion - see application form for details


RedballAdvanced Coordinator Certification Eligibility Requirements

  • Maintain state certification as at least an EMT-Intermediate or paramedic
  • Have an associate, bachelor or advanced degree
  • Have been a certified EMS instructor for at least four consecutive years
  • Have documented at least 120 hours of instruction for initial EMS certificants
  • Submit documentation of positive evaluations as a certified instructor or as a basic coordinator
  • Provide evidence of affiliation and operate under the supervision of a licensed provider, an EMS medical director, a teaching hospital, a regionally accredited post-secondary educational institution and/or a health care institution accredited by an organization recognized by DSHS
  • Submit letters of intent from qualified providers of clinical and field internship experience
  • Successfully complete a DSHS-sponsored course coordinator training course**
  • Submit INITIAL EMS coordinator, instructor and information operator instructor certification application and fee, if applicable, to the Texas Dept of State Health Services.  Mailing address on the application form. 
  • Pass state written examination within one year of course completion - see application form for details

 

** Candidates who hold current basic coordinator certification and are applying for advanced coordinator certification do not have to take the coordinator training course and exam.


 

RedballState Coordinator and Instructor Exam Administration Policy

Redball EMS Coordinator Certification rules are located at Texas Administrative Code Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 157, §157.43

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Last updated February 10, 2014