New York State Department of Health Bureau
of Emergency Medical Services (NYSDOH BEMS) authorizes training for
pre-hospital certification through organizations called Course Sponsors.
All Course Sponsors can offer education for basic life support (BLS)
certifications (i.e. CFR, EMT-B), but a smaller number of organizations have been approved to provide
intermediate (i.e. EMT-I) and advanced life support (ALS) training (i.e.
Paramedic). Once a course is completed, a
student must successfully complete the NYS practical and written exams.
Go to the Education
and Certification page on the NYSDOH BEMS website for more information,
including course curriculums and practical exam skill sheets.
All NYS certifications must be renewed every three (3)
years. A pre-hospital provider can recertify two ways:
by enrolling in a
recertification course with a Course Sponsor and successfully retesting; or,
participating in the Continuing Education (CE) Recertification Program, aka "CME Recert."
courses usually allow the provider to "challenge out" of attending classes by passing a
preliminary practical and written exam. If a student fails to demonstrate a proficiency
in any area, then he or she must be remediated before being allowed to sit for
the NYS final exam.
The CME Recertification program is an agency based program. Participating
organizations enroll with the NYSDOH BEMS. Providers affiliated with those
agencies can recertify by completing required numbers of CME hours in specific
categories. See the
Recertification Program page on the NYSDOH website for more information.
MEDICAL EDUCATION (CME)
Conferences are an excellent way to
obtain CME credit hours and usually have already been either approved
locally or by a national evaluation board (ie
are required for Westchester MAC credentialing. Each 911 Receiving
Facility in the region offers CA. (See the Call Audit
Schedule for more information on
Providers may utilize CAs from an
out-of-region Medical Control Facility for up to 50% of their
requirement as long as:
the format follows the outline for CA in the
REMAC Credentialing Policy
has the approval of his/her Primary Agency
(The approval must be documented)
the provider completes and has validated the
CA/CME Attendance and Student Participation Sheets
A complete listing and calendar of Call Audits
being held by Regional Medical Control Physicians / Facilities can be
Professional Leadership Development
In addition to certification training, individuals
who are in leadership and management roles should take the time to develop
skills that will help them successfully run an EMS organization. The
programs identified below are designed to do just that.
Click on the
weblink, flyer or brochure.
APPLICATIONS / INFORMATION
EMS Management Certificate Program
Changes each semester
Contact the Department of
Prehospital EMS at
or call 914-606-6507
or visit www.wccems.com
NYS EMS Instructor Training
The New York State Department of Health Bureau of
EMS (NYSDOH BEMS) recognizes 2 basic levels of certified instructors: Certified Lab Instructors (CLI)
and Certified Instructor Coordinators (CIC).
The Westchester Regional EMS Council (REMSCO) has
been designated a Specialty Course Sponsorship by the NYSDOH BEMS and is
authorized to conduct certification courses for these instructor levels.
In addition to initial instructor training, the
REMSCO may also offer Certified Instructor Updates (CIU). Instructors in
NYS must recertify every 3 years and in addition to other requirements, to
complete this process they must have attended 6 hrs of CIU.
Currently the REMSCO has scheduled the following
Contact the Regional EMS Office at 914-231-1616 for
Training in Other EMS Regions
Hudson Valley Regional
Resource Center (RRC)
Westchester Medical Center (WMC) in Valhalla has been designated as a Regional
Resource Center (RCC) by the New York State Department of Health for the purposes of domestic
preparedness coordination and training of medical facilities and
personnel for the Hudson Valley. The RCC offers FREE training
programs which are funded through federal and state grants.
Programs may be requested by any of the hospitals located
within the Hudson Valley and Westchester EMS Regions. Below is a listing
of all courses available for presentation and programs currently scheduled:
more information regarding the RRC programming, or to schedule a course at your
Regional Resource Center