Chapter 4765-19 Emergency Medical Services Continuing Education

4765-19-01 Continuing education for EMS providers.

(A) Unless the holder of a certificate to practice elects to take an examination approved or administered by the board in accordance with rule 4765-19-02 of the Administrative Code, or is granted an exemption under rule 4765-19-04 of the Administrative Code, the holder shall complete emergency medical services continuing education of such length and in such subject areas as set forth in Chapters 4765-12, 4765-15, 4765-16, and 4765-17 of the Administrative Code.

(B) In order to count for continuing education credit, an EMS continuing education course shall meet all of the following criteria:

(1) Each course shall be related to EMS operations or patient care;

(2) Written documentation of successful completion of the course shall be issued to the student by the sponsoring agency upon successful completion of the course;

(3) A single session of continuing education shall be at least one-half contact hour;

(4) Each EMS continuing education shall be provided and approved by one of the following entities:

(a) An EMS accredited institution or EMS approved institution;

(b) An EMS licensing agency in another state;

(c) A branch of the United States military;

(d) A medical or nursing board of this state or another state;

(e) Federal, national or state entities, as follows:

(i) Emergency management agency;

(ii) Homeland security;

(iii) American red cross;

(iv) American heart association;

(v) American safety and health institute;

(vi) Any other agency or organization as approved by the board.

(f) CECBEMS-approved courses.

(5) Each EMS continuing education course shall be provided in one of the following formats:

(a) Instruction in a traditional classroom environment or a seminar setting;

(b) Online education, as defined in rule 4765-1-01 of the Administrative Code, which shall include a testing process;

(c) Distance learning, as defined in rule 4765-1-01 of the Administrative Code, which shall include a testing process;

(d) Journals, publications or electronic media formats including compact discs, digital video discs, video home system tapes, or other technological media as approved by board, and which shall include a testing process;

(e) A skills practicum course which shall include an evaluation of skills performance;

(f) Other formats as approved by the board;

(g) Independent study, as set forth in rule 4765-7-11 of the Administrative Code, shall only be conducted through an EMS accredited or EMS approved institution.

(C) Portions of an initial certification or licensing course that meet the requirements set forth paragraph (B) of this rule, may be counted towards continuing education credit when the sponsoring entity issues written documentation of the continuing education credit.

(D) Continuing education credit for EMS providers may be obtained from teaching EMS continuing education through an EMS accredited or EMS approved institution when the following applies:

(1) All courses shall have prior approval from the program director;

(2) An EMS provider may count a presentation for continuing education hours only once during a twelve month period;

(3) The number of contact hours awarded to the special topics instructor, holder of a certificate to teach or guest lecturer for a presentation shall be equal to the number of contact hours established for the course.

(a) Contact hours can only be awarded for that portion of the course presented by the EMS instructor, special topics instructor, or guest lecturer.

(b) Continuing education contact hours may be awarded for additional portions of the activity the holder of a certificate to teach or guest lecturer attends.

(c) Contact hours shall not be awarded for time spent in the development or preparation of a course or presentation.

Effective: 02/06/2012
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 12/26/2012
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: R.C. 4765.11 , R.C. 4765.16
Rule Amplifies: R.C. 4765.31
Prior Effective Dates: 1/1/96, 2/22/99, 3/23/03, 12/27/07, 2/1/09

4765-19-02 Examination alternative to continuing education.

(A) In accordance with section 4765.31 of the Revised Code, an applicant for renewal of a certificate to practice may elect to pass an examination administered or approved by the board as an alternative to completing a continuing education requirement.

(B) A certificate holder who elects to take an examination rather than complete a continuing education program must achieve a passing score on the examination, administered by the board in accordance with section 4765.29 of the Revised Code, for initial certification to practice at the level for which the certificate holder seeks renewal.

(C) A certificate holder who elects to take an examination rather than complete a continuing education program may do so at any time during the last six months prior to the expiration of the holder's certificate to practice.

(D) Such examination must be successfully completed within three attempts.

(E) If a certificate holder is unable to pass the examination prior to the certificate's expiration date, the certificate holder shall not perform any duties for which a certificate to practice is required unless the board has granted such certificate holder an extension.

Replaces: Former 4765-8-09

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/13/2008 and 03/12/2013

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: RC 4765.11

Rule Amplifies: RC 4765.30 , 4765.31

Prior Effective Dates: 6-15-95 (Emer); 9-13-95; 4-28-02; 3-23-03

4765-19-03 Extension of continuing education requirement.

(A) Pursuant to section 4765.31 of the Revised Code, the division as directed by the board may grant an extension of time for the holder of a certificate to practice to comply with the continuing education required for renewal.

(B) The division may grant an extension if a written request is received prior to the expiration date of the certificate to practice, and the request includes the following information:

(1) Justification for the extension;

(2) Length of extension requested;

(3) Specific plan for completion of the continuing education requirement within the length of time requested;

(4) Signature of the certificate holder.

(C) If a request for extension is received after the expiration date, but no more than ninety days after the expiration, the division may grant an extension if it determines there are extenuating circumstances affecting either the submission of the request for extension in a timely manner, or the ability of the certificate holder to comply with the continuing education requirement.

(D) The division, by direction of the board, has full discretion in determining all of the following:

(1) Whether a request for extension should be granted;

(2) The length of time for which an extension should be granted;

(3) Whether, or to what extent, the holder of a lapsed certificate to practice may engage in activities for which a certificate to practice is otherwise required.

(E) An individual who is granted an extension pursuant to this rule must complete the continuing education requirements and submit an application to the division no later than the expiration date of the granted expiration.

Effective: 07/02/2009
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/12/2013
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4765.11
Rule Amplifies: 4765.31
Prior Effective Dates: 6/15/95 (Emer.), 10/1/95, 2/22/99, 3/23/03

4765-19-04 Exemptions from continuing education.

(A) Pursuant to section 4765.31 of the Revised Code, the board may grant an applicant for renewal of a certificate to practice an exemption from compliance with the continuing education requirement. The board may grant a complete or a partial exemption from the continuing education requirement for reasons including, but not limited to, the following:

(1) The holder is on active military duty;

(a) A request for exemption from the continuing education requirements shall be made in writing and submitted to the board and shall include the following:

(i) The specific continuing education requirements for which an exemption is sought:

(ii) Justification for the exemption:

(iii) Signature of the certificate holder.

(2) Special hardship or unusual circumstances, as determined by the board:

(a) A request for exemption from the continuing education requirements shall be made in writing and submitted to the board at least one-hundred eighty days prior to the expiration of the certificate to practice and shall include the following:

(i) The specific continuing education requirements for which an exemption is sought:

(ii) Justification for the exemption:

(iii) Signature of the certificate holder.

(b) If a request for exemption is received fewer than sixty days prior to the expiration date of a certificate to practice, the board may consider the request if it determines there are extenuating circumstances affecting either the submission of the request for exemption in a timely manner, or the ability of the certificate holder to comply with the continuing education requirement.

(B) The board has full discretion in determining whether to grant a request for exemption from the continuing education requirement.

(C) The board shall provide written notice to the person requesting the exemption no later than sixty days after receipt of the request. If the board is unable to respond prior to the expiration date of an applicant's certificate to practice, it shall notify the certificate holder of whether, or to what extent, the applicant may continue to engage in activities for which a certificate to practice is otherwise required.

Replaces: Former 4765-8-11

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/13/2008 and 03/12/2013

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: RC 4765.11

Rule Amplifies: RC 4765.31

Prior Effective Dates: 1-1-96; 4-28-02; 3-23-03