64J-1.0201. EMS Instructor Qualifications  


  • Effective: Thursday, December 31, 2009

    (1) To be eligible for approval as an EMS Training Program, an applicant must ensure, with supporting documentation, that each instructor has met the standards listed below for their instructor position(s) as listed in the school’s Emergency Medical Services Training Program’s DH Form 1698, December 2008, Application for Approval of an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Training Program, which is incorporated by reference in subsection 64J-1.020(2), F.A.C., and is available from the department, as defined by subsection 64J-1.001(9), F.A.C., or at http://www.fl-ems.com.

    (2) Any lead or adjunct instructor teaching in a Florida-approved EMS Training Program who does not qualify for an exemption at the time of implementation of this rule may continue in their role and will have two years to complete the required coursework for the level of instruction they are employed.

    (3) Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Instructors.

    (a) Program Directors, Levels A and B:

    1. Must have successfully completed Levels A and B coursework listed in Table I and Table II as identified in the National Guidelines for Educating EMS Instructors, August, 2002 edition, which is incorporated by reference and available from the department, as defined by subsection 64J-1.001(9), F.A.C., or at http://www.nhtsa.gov; or has qualified for one of the exemptions in subsection 64J-1.0201(5), F.A.C.

    2. Have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the United States Department of Education.

    3. Program Directors who do not possess a Bachelor’s degree and are employed by a Florida-approved EMS Training Program at time of implementation of this rule will have until July 1, 2014 to obtain their Bachelor’s degree.

    4. Be certified as a Florida paramedic, in good standing with the department, with at least four years field level provider experience in the prehospital environment with an Advanced Life Support (ALS) provider.

    5. Must have a minimum of two years teaching experience as a Level B instructor.

    (b) Lead Instructors, Program Coordinators, Levels A and B:

    1. Has successfully completed the Levels A and B instructor coursework listed in Table I and Table II and as identified in the National Guidelines for Educating EMS Instructors, August, 2002 edition or has qualified for one of the exemptions in subsection 64J-1.0201(5), F.A.C. 

    2. Be certified as a Florida paramedic in good standing with the department, with at least four years field level provider experience in the pre-hospital environment with an ALS provider.

    3. Have a minimum of an Associate’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the United States Department of Education.

    4. Lead instructors who do not possess an Associate’s degree and are teaching in a Florida-approved EMS Training Program at time of implementation of this rule will have until July 1, 2013 to obtain their Associate’s degree.

    5. Must have at least two years teaching experience in EMS education.

    (4) Adjunct Faculty.

    (a) Must have successfully completed the Level A coursework listed in Table I as identified in the National Guidelines for Educating EMS Instructors, August, 2002 edition, or has qualified for one of the exemptions in subsection 64J-1.0201(5), F.A.C.

    (b) For First Responder or Emergency Medical Technician Training Programs, must be certified as a Florida Emergency Medical Technician-Basic, a paramedic or licensed Registered Nurse in good standing with the department and have at least three years of field provider experience with an ALS provider.

    (c) For Paramedic Training Programs, must be certified as a Florida paramedic in good standing with the department or be a licensed Registered Nurse in good standing and have at least three years of field provider experience with an ALS provider.

    (d) Adjunct instructors must possess a minimum of an Associate’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the United States Department of Education.

    (e) Adjunct instructors who do not possess an Associate’s degree and are employed by a Florida-approved EMS Training Program at time of implementation of this rule will have until July 1, 2013 to obtain their degree.

    Table I EMS Instructor Course Curriculum

    EMS instructor course objectives will be consistent with the National Guidelines for Educating EMS Instructors, August, 2002 edition.

    Level A: Instructor Qualifications for Adjunct Faculty: Including Didactic, Laboratory, and Clinical Instructors.

    Course

    Hours of Instruction

    Introduction/Course Objectives

    30 minutes

    Module 2:   Roles and Responsibilities

    2 hours

    Module 5:   Ethics

    2.5 hour

    Module 6:   The Learning Environment

    2 hours

    Module 7:   Learning Styles

    3 hours

    Module 8:   Domains of Learning

    3 hours

    Module 9:   Goals and Objectives

    3 hours

    Module 11: Presentation Skills

    2 hours

    Module 12: Evaluation Techniques

    3 hours

    Module 15: Motivation

    2 hours

    Module 17: Teaching Psychomotor Skills

    4 hours

    Module 18: Affective/Cognitive Domains

    3 hours

    Module 20: Remediation (Practical exercises)

    3 hours

    Module 21: Cultural Awareness

    2 hours

    Practical Teaching Presentation 

    5 hours

    Total Class Hours

    40 Hours

    Table II EMS Instructor Course Curriculum

    Level B: Instructor Qualifications for Program Coordinators and Lead Instructors

    Prerequisites: Completion of Level A Coursework or qualify for an exemption listed in subsection 64J-1.0201(5), F.A.C.

    Course

    Hours of Instruction

    Creating Learning Objectives & Lesson Plans

    3 hours

    Module 3: Administrative Issues

    1 hour

    Module 4: Legal Issues In EMS Education

    1 hour

    Module 10: Lesson Plans

    1 hour

    Module 13: Facilitation Techniques

    1 hour

    Module 14: Communication and Feedback

    2 hours

    Module 16: Teaching Thinking Skills (Critical)

    2 hours

    Module 19: Discipline

    1 hours

    Module 22: Teaching Resources

    1 hour

    Module 23: Research

    1 hour

    Module 26: Pediatric Education

    1 hour

    Total Class Hours

    15 Hours

    (5) Exemptions.

    (a) Program Directors, Program Coordinators, Lead Instructors, Course Coordinators, and Adjunct faculty who have attained any of the following criteria prior to the implementation of this rule are exempt from both Levels A and B coursework:

    1. Individuals with a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the United States Department of Education with 4 years teaching experience in EMS education and 2 years experience as a Program Coordinator/Director are exempt from Levels A and B coursework.

    2. Individuals with an Associate of Science degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the United States Department of Education with 8 years teaching experience in EMS education and a minimum of 5 years experience as a Program Coordinator are exempt from Levels A and B coursework.

    3. Physicians licensed under Chapter 458 or 459, F.S., are exempt from Levels A and B coursework.

    4. Completion of Fire Service Instructor Course Delivery and Fire Service Instructor Course Design (80 hours) or Florida certification in Fire Instructor II or III with 2 years teaching experience in EMS education are exempt from Levels A and B coursework.

    5. Individuals with current certification as a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Instructor (80 hour course) with 2 years teaching experience in EMS education are exempt from Levels A and B coursework.

    (b) Program Directors, Program Coordinators, Lead Instructors, Course Coordinators, and Adjunct faculty who have attained any of the following prior to the implementation of this rule are exempt from Level A coursework:

    1. Individuals with an Associate in Science Degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the United States Department of Education with 6 years teaching experience in EMS education are exempt from Level A coursework.

    2. Individuals with a Associate in Science Degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the United States Department of Education with 20 contact hours of educational/instructor courses with 2 years teaching experience in EMS education are exempt from Level A coursework.

    3. Individuals who have successfully completed the National Association of EMS Educator’s Instructor Course or obtained National Instructor Level I (National EMS Instructor certification) are exempt from Level A coursework. Individuals with National Instructor Level II are exempt from Level A and B coursework.

    (c) Subject matter experts are exempt from all certification Levels provided they do not provide greater than five percent of the total hours of instruction in either the didactic, laboratory, or clinical portions of the programs contact hours.

    (d) These exemptions will only remain in effect until July 1, 2013.

    Rulemaking Authority 401.27(2), 401.35(1)(b), 401.35(1)(h) FS. Law Implemented 401.27, 401.27(4)(a)1., 401.27(4)(a)2., 401.2701(1)(a)5.a. FS. History–New 12-31-09.