EMS Education Standards

The National EMS Education Standards have helped educators, certification bodies and regulators ensure EMS providers receive an education that prepares them to perform their roles. This initiative to revise the National EMS Education Standards will align them with the recently completed revision to the National EMS Scope of Practice Model and will update the standards to reflect the latest evidence and current EMS practice.

The draft National EMS Education Standards are open for public comment from August 16 - September 20. View the draft document and provide your input here.


In 2000, NHTSA created the EMS Education Agenda for the Future: A Systems Approach, which outlined a vision for the EMS education system. The Education Agenda proposed five different components to the system, including the National EMS Scope of Practice Model – a description of the entry-level knowledge and skills for each provider level, emergency medical responder, emergency medical technician, advanced EMT and paramedic – and the National EMS Education Standards. The initial standards were published in 2009.

What's Happening Now

After receiving feedback from stakeholders and carefully reviewing the 2019 National EMS Scope of Practice Model, the National EMS Education Standards Development Team has created a first draft of the revised standards for public comment. At the conclusion of the comment period, the team will begin reviewing the feedback and input and hold a meeting in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2019, to discuss and create another draft. There will be future opportunities for public comment on drafts, and the Development Team encourages feedback during those times, as well as at any point during the revision process.

Who's Involved

The revision of the National EMS Education Standards is being led by the National Association of EMS Educators (NAEMSE), in collaboration with other organizations and members of the EMS community across the country. Funding was provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Office of EMS, and the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s EMS for Children (EMSC) Program. NAEMSE has selected several experienced EMS educators to serve as the development team leading the revision of the standards. Bill Young, EdD, and Paul Rosenberger, MPA, EdD, both veteran paramedics and EMS educators, are chairing the Development Team.

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