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.


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

Released in 2009, the current standards require revisions to make sure the education of new EMS providers is in line with recent revisions to the Scope of Practice Model and current medical practice and science. A group of EMS education experts is currently working to develop the new standards and have engaged with stakeholders across EMS and healthcare throughout the process, and three drafts have already been released for public comment. The revision team will meet in early 2021 to finalize the final draft reflecting input received to date from the national EMS community and public. The publication of the revised EMS Education Standards is anticipated in early 2021.

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. 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. Paul Rosenberger, MPA, EdD, and Art Hsieh, MA, NRP, both veteran paramedics and EMS educators, are chairing the Development Team.

What You Can Do

  • Stay tuned for release of the final revised EMS Education Standards and incorporate them into your education programs
  • Look for updates from NHTSA OEMS and HRSA EMSC
  • Contact the project team at educationstandards@redflashgroup.com