Education Transition 2017 North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services

Effective January 1, 2017, the North Carolina Office of EMS will begin transitioning towards the EMS Education Agenda for the Future: "A Systems Approach".

The North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services anticipates the transition will be completed by December 31, 2018.

Who will need to transition their credential to the new educational standard?

North Carolina EMS Professionals that received their initial credential prior to January 1, 2014. This does not apply to Emergency Medical Dispatchers (EMD).

A North Carolina EMS Professional will have until December 31, 2018 to complete their credential transition.

Those EMS Professionals who hold a credential in another State or through National Registry will need to provide a copy of their certification/documentation of transition to the NC Office of EMS.

Failure to complete the credential transition by the end of 2018 will result in not being eligible to renew your North Carolina Emergency Medical Services Credential.

To regain your expired credential a North Carolina EMS Professional must complete the following:

For Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT)

EMS Professionals will have 24 months from the date of expiration to complete a NC Office of Emergency Medical Services approved Refresher Course and take the North Carolina State Exam

For Advanced-Emergency Medical Technicians (AEMT) and Paramedics

EMS Professionals will have 48 months from the date of expiration to complete a NC Office of Emergency Medical Services approved Refresher Course and take the North Carolina State Exam

Once an Emergency Medical Services Professionals has completed the educational transition course here are the next steps:

1. If you are non-affiliated with an agency, please contact your local regional office.

Western Regional Office


Central Regional Office


Eastern Regional Office


2. If you are affiliated with an agency or institution they should already be working along with you during this transition.

3. Maintain a copy of your certification or transcript for your records.


Institutions and Instructors have until December 31, 2017 to become compliant with the updated educational guidelines.

Failure to comply with the updated educational guidelines by December 31, 2017 will result in approved teaching institutions not being able to offer any EMS course.

Instructors must attend an NC Office of EMS Instructor Workshop by December 31, 2017.

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