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Paramedic

COVID-19 Emergency Orders for Reinstatement

Kentucky Board of EMS (KBEMS) Emergency Orders as specified in SB 150 and Executive Order 2020-243. The intent of the Emergency Orders is to alleviate the regulatory conflicts identified in existing regulations in relation to mitigating the COVID-19 pandemic in Kentucky.

People's lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of Paramedics. Paramedics provide the most extensive pre-hospital care. Paramedics may administer drugs orally or intravenously, interpret electro cardiograms (EKGs), perform endotracheal intubations, and use monitors and other complex equipment.

At the Paramedic level, the caregiver receives additional training in body function and learns more advanced skills than an EMT. Education for a Paramedic requires the individual to graduate from a KBEMS approved TEI and successfully pass the National Registry EMT Examination to become a certified EMT/Paramedic. Extensive coursework, clinical and field experience is required.

In order to become a Licensed Paramedic in the state of Kentucky, you will need to apply under one of the following application types:

PromotionParamedic Critical Care Endorsement

 

Course Information

The previous EMT-Paramedic National Standard Curriculum was a core curriculum with minimum requirements, which included a minimum number of hours required for the course. The new National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards outline contains the minimal terminal objectives for entry-level EMS personnel and the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards – Paramedic Instructional Guidelines provide the instructional guidance utilizing competency based outcomes instead of specific subject time of instruction requirements.  It is recognized that there is additional specific education that will be required of Paramedics who operate in the field, i.e. ambulance driver training, heavy and light rescue, basic extrication, special needs, and so on. It is also recognized that this information might differ from locality to locality, and that each training program, or system should identify and provide special training requirements. This curriculum is intended to prepare a medically competent Paramedic to operate in the field. Enrichment programs and continuing education will help fulfill other specific needs for the Paramedics education.  There are no specific supplemental curriculum for Paramedics in Kentucky. There is a Critical Care (CC) endorsement for Kentucky Paramedics.  The CC endorsement requirements can be found on the KBEMS Forms page under Paramedic.