OEMS - EMS Education and Training


EMR, EMT, AEMT and EMS-I Initial or Refresher Course

Approved EMS Initial Courses (updated 02/13/2020)  All EMS initial education programs in Connecticut must be approved by the Office of Emergency Medical Services.  Contact the course coordinator directly for course information such as dates, times, costs and registration.  OEMS does not conduct EMS certification programs.  This listing includes training for the following:

  • EMR – Emergency Medical Responder (60+ hours)
  • EMT – Emergency Medical Technician (150+ hours)
  • AEMT – Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (150-300 hours)
  • EMS Instructor (must hold EMT or higher to enroll)

    Please note: All EMS “Refreshers” will end on 12/31/2019.  Starting 1/1/2020, EMS personnel are required to complete Continuing Medical Education at the appropriate level.  This is a combination of the NCCR (described below) plus an equal number of elective CME hours.  For example, an EMT must complete a 20 hour NCCR program plus 20 hours of CME.

Approved EMS Continuing Education (updated 02/04/2020)  All EMS continuing education programs in Connecticut must be approved by the Office of Emergency Medical Services.  Contact the course coordinator directly for course information such as dates, times, costs and registration.  OEMS does not conduct EMS continuing education programs.  This listing includes the following:

  • EMR National Continuing Competency Requirement (NCCR – 8 hours)
  • EMT National Continuing Competency Requirement (NCCR – 20 hours)
  • AEMT National Continuing Competency Requirement (NCCR – 25 hours)
  • Paramedic National Continuing Competency Requirement (NCCR – 30 hours)
  • Continuing Medical Education (applicable to all levels)

Pre-Approved Standardized Courses (updated 02/04/2020)  Various standardized EMS courses are pre-approved for continuing education credit.  Any certified or licensed provider may use these hours towards their CME requirements.  Any person who is an approved instructor of the accrediting program may conduct these courses. For example, an EMT may claim the hours from an AHA BLS course despite the instructor not holding EMS instructor certification.



Connecticut and the National Registry of EMT (NREMT)

Effective 1/1/2020, all initial certification and licensure applicants must complete the NREMT examination and certification process.  Any EMR, EMT and AEMT personnel seeking certification based on endorsement from another state must also present NREMT certification.  These documents explain some of the changes.
 
Please note that the NREMT Mark King Initiative is not yet active in Connecticut.  Affected EMS providers will be notified of their eligibility. Please do not submit an application to NREMT until directed to do so.

NREMT Connecticut FAQ

NREMT Connecticut FAQ for Sponsor Hospitals

NREMT Connecticut FAQ for EMS Instructors



EMS Instructor Listserv

The OEMS office operates an official email Listserv for EMS Instructors.  Listserv info and to subscribe.



Mental Health First Aid Courses and Instructors

Initial EMS Certificate and License ApplicantsPublic Act 19-191 requires that starting on January 1, 2020, any initial applicant for EMR, EMT, AEMT certification or paramedic licensure MUST submit with their application "evidence to this Department with their application that they have completed mental health first aid training as part of a program provided by an instructor certified by the National Council for Behavioral Health."  No other brand of training is accepted under this Public Act. Please note that this course does not have to be part of an approved EMT course, nor does the instructor need to be a certified EMS instructor.

This information was communicated to the EMS community on September 24, 2019 by OEMS Communication Statement 19-09. This Department does not recommend or approve one program over another, however provides this non-exclusive list in an effort to aid applicants in complying with this law.

NewIconUnder 18 waiver information for Mental Health First Aid Training

Several EMS education programs are arranging to have their own instructors by January, 2020.

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Independent Instructor
List of Classes

Valerie English Cooper
venglishcooper.mhfa@gmail.com
860-671-0674

Hosts courses at UCONN-Storrs.  Available for on-site training. Contact instructor for scheduling. Cost is $99.

Hartford Hospital
Institute of Living

Patty Graham
patriciac.graham@hhchealth.org
860-545-7657

Open courses scheduled. Click link to register.
Echo Hose Ambulance
Training Center

Patrick Lahaza
plahaza@sheltonems.com
203-925-5500 x3

Open courses scheduled. Click link to register. Cost is $125

Sharon Hospital Jim Hutchinson
jhutchis@health-quest.org
860-364-4493
Monthly open courses scheduled. No charge, supported by Sharon Hospital.
Wheeler Clinic Cathy Sisco
csisco@wheelerclinic.org
860-793-4652
Free, open registration courses in greater  Plainville. Free on-site programs available statewide upon request.
Trumbull Police 

Timothy Fedor
tfedor@trumbull-ct.gov
203-452-3849
POST Instructor and EMS Instructor
Code One Training Solutions, Inc.

Kori Burz
info@code1web.com
860-786-1789

Open courses in East Hartford and greater New Haven. Click link to register. Cost is $120.
First Approach EMS Education

Michael Davis
mdavis@firstapproach.org
860-615-9118

Open courses statewide.
Cost $150

Health360 Yania Padilla
203-758-1110 x303
padilla@health360.org

Courses upon request.
Cost $75 per person.
Future reduced or free courses pending.



Paramedic Programs

The following paramedic education programs have been approved by the Department and will prepare the successful candidate to take the NREMT paramedic examination and licensure in Connecticut.  If an applicant completes paramedic training outside of Connecticut, they must first obtain certification or licensure from another state before seeking licensure by endorsement in Connecticut.

Contact programs directly for dates, times and registration procedures.

American Professional Education Service & Backus Hospital Consortium
1 American Way
Norwich, CT 06360
860-383-1344
Capital Community College
950 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06013
860-906-5150
Central Connecticut Paramedic Education Program Consortium
1 Herald Square
New Britain, CT 60051
860-351-0180
Hartford Healthcare Center for Education Innovation and Simulation
560 Hudson Street
Hartford, CT 06102
860-859-7485
Yale-New Haven Health Center for EMS
77-D Willow Street
New Haven, CT 06511
203-562-3320

Paramedic Continuing Education

NCCP ALS continuing education is offered by many approved providers in Connecticut.  Refer to the Current Approved EMS Provider Course listing above.



Training Updates

This section includes EMSI-specific memos and Everbridge notifications sent out to certified EMS Instructors.  If you are a currently certified EMS Instructor and you are not receiving these notifications, please click here to send an email to be added to the database and begin receiving EMSI notifications.  Please include name, CT EMSI certification number, and a valid email address.

Training Forms

NewIconVerification of CEU's Instruction Form
NewIcon2020 Changes - For EMS Instructors
NewImageT-1 Initial Course Application (Jan 2020)
NewImageT-2 Continuing Education Application (Jan 2020
NewIconT-3 Physician Medical Director (Jan 2020)
NewIconT-4 Course Roster and Completion (Jan 2020)
NewIconT-5 Uniform CME Certificate (Jan 2020)
NewIconT-6 Uniform Skills Verification Certificate (Jan 2020)
NewIconT-7 Review and Retrain Form

Please see the List of the OEMS Education Forms for the description and explanation of the above listed forms.

OEMS Approval of EMS Continuing Education

OEMS Communication Statement (19-08) regarding the 2020 Changes to the EMS Certification Process can be found on the OEMS Communication and Resource Page.


Education & Training materials


EMT Administration of IM Epinephrine via Syringe (CME Approval CT-14-158, 3 hrs)
Hemorrhage Control for the EMS Provider (CME Approval CT-F4-159, 2hrs)
Aspirin Administration Scope of Practice Expansion
EMT 12-Lead ECG Acquisition & Transmission Scope of Practice Expansion (CME Approval CT-F4-160, 2 hrs.)
EMT Blood Glucose Monitoring (CME Approval CT-F4-161, 3 hrs.)
EMT CPAP Scope of Practice Expansion (CME Approval CT-F4-162, 2 hrs.)
BLS Naloxone Administration Scope of Practice Expansion (CME Approval CT-F4-163, 2 hrs.)
Spinal Motion Restriction Scope of Practice Expansion
Tourniquet use by EMRs Scope of Practice Expansion

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