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Transition to New EMS Education Standards

In January 2012, the Oregon Administrative Rules 333-265-0110 (OARs) adopted the national EMS provider levels and educational standards, which raised the baseline knowledge level for all initial EMS provider courses in Oregon. Continuing education requirements were modified temporarily in order to transition current EMS providers to the new education standards. The transition for currently licensed Oregon EMS providers will occur for only one licensure cycle. The total hours required for each continuing education category will not change.


​​Other Oregon licensed EMS providers
  • For EMT, EMT-Intermediate, Advanced EMT and Paramedic, the transition is occurring during the 2013-2015 licensure cycle.
  • Appendix 3 (pdf) must be followed for this licensure period.


Completion of these additional requirements will constitute the completion of the transition in Oregon. At the conclusion of the transition, the continuing medical education (CME) requirements will return to the subjects outlined in Appendix 1 (pdf).

Licensees who plan to maintain a National Registry certification need to submit proof to National Registry that they have successfully completed a “state approved” transition course. Oregon will issue a statement of completion in the licenses of Oregon EMS providers who complete license renewal in 2014 (EMR) and 2015 (all other levels). Oregon will not issue separate course approval or letters of completion.

During the Oregon transition, Oregon will accept a current NREMT certificate as a substitute for the continuing education and transition requirements if the letter that precedes their number is R (EMR), E (EMT), A (AEMT) or M (Paramedic). Having these new letters identifies a person as having met the new education standards. If you are an Intermediate, then you are still required to complete all of Appendix 3. If your NREMT certificate has a B or P preceding the number, then you are required to do 100% of the transition subjects from Appendix 3 (Classes that start with “Must include a minimum of….”). Office policy POL-301 approves the continuing education and applies to the OAR 333-365-0110(2)(b).​

Transition dates and processes for NREMT-certified EMS providers vary according to the level of EMS provider and are outlined on the NREMT website at:

Transition Documents


Other Resources
The Clackamas County EMS Consortium Trainers Group has invested significant time and effort to develop over 40 online modules on all Transition topics. The modules have been approved by the Oregon Health Authority for any and all EMTs, AEMT/Intermediates and Paramedics to use for re-licensure in 2015.
Each module provides a short video (about 20 minutes), a quiz, key and related instructional materials. Each of the modules meets the 30 minute requirement for each of the transitional topics as outlined in Appendix 3. You may need additional training hours to meet related re-licensure requirements (as defined by the Oregon Health Authority).  
These modules are shared and owned by Clackamas County EMS and not intended to be re-sold. 
Please note: The quizzes themselves do not count as documentation for CE and in the event that you are audited by the Oregon Health Authority EMS and Trauma Systems Program, they will not suffice. You need to have a certificate printed and signed by a certifying officer, training officer, etc.
The Oregon Health Authority and Clackamas EMS Consortium are not responsible for issuing CE hours for these quizzes.
Step #1 - Open the Template that fits your licensure level (EMT, AEMT/Intermediate, or Paramedic)
Step #2 – Review the “Modules” listed for each of the sub-sections
Step #3 – Open the Quiz bank, locate the module that you want to complete and print a copy
Step #4 – Locate the particular module and open the PowerPoint presentation (audio capabilities required).
Step #5 – Answer the quiz questions and then correct using the included answer key.
Step #6 – Record your name and the date you completed each module in your training record.
Step #7 – Have a certificate for each module printed and signed by a certifying officer, training officer, etc.