(A) Except as otherwise provided in section 4765.31 of the Revised Code and this chapter, when applying for renewal of a certificate to practice, a person who is certified as a paramedic shall comply with one of the four following education requirements by the expiration date of the current certificate:
(1) Completion of at least eighty-six hours of continuing education, including all of the following:
(a) Twelve hours on pediatric issues;
(b) Four hours on geriatric issues;
(c) Eight hours on trauma issues, to include education on the trauma triage and transportation protocols approved by the board;
(d) Six hours on emergency cardiac care continuing education, which may be satisfied upon successful completion of one of the following:
(i) An advanced cardiac life support course of the American heart association, which will satisfy this requirement;
(ii) An advanced cardiac life support course of the American safety and health institute, which will satisfy this requirement;
(iii) An equivalent program approved or designated by the board which can be found at http://www.ems.ohio.gov;
(iv) Six hours of continuing education in emergency cardiac care.
(2) Completion of both of the following:
(a) A paramedic refresher course, as outlined in rule 4765-17-01 of the Administrative Code or paragraph (F) of rule 4765-17-04 of the Administrative Code as evidenced by a certificate of completion issued in accordance with section 4765.24 of the Revised Code, which will satisfy forty-eight hours of the required eighty-six hours of continuing education;
(b) Completion of the remaining thirty-eight hours of continuing education.
(3) Current registration with the national registry of emergency medical technicians at the paramedic or equivalent level and completion of the continuing education on trauma triage and transportation protocols approved by the board.
(4) A passing score within three attempts on an examination approved by the board, pursuant to rule 4765-8-05 of the Administrative Code, to demonstrate competence to have a certificate to practice as an paramedic renewed without completing an EMS continuing education program. This examination may only be taken during the last six months of a paramedic's current certification period or during a board approved extension granted pursuant to rule 4765-19-03 of the Administrative Code.
(B) An individual that receives a board approved extension to complete continuing education requirements listed in paragraph (A) of this rule, must complete the requirements and submit a renewal application to the division, no later than the expiration date of the granted extension.
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 04/16/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: R.C. 4765.11
Rule Amplifies: R.C. 4765.16, 4765.24, 4765.31
Prior Effective Dates: 1/1/96, 4/28/02, 3/23/03, 7/2/09