The National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) is changing the way it verifies psychomotor competency for National Registry Paramedic (NRP) certification. All students who begin their paramedic program on or after August 1, 2016, are required to complete a portfolio that becomes a part of their permanent education file and is a prerequisite to seeking NRP certification.
Beginning January 1, 2017, the NREMT will start testing Phase 1 of the new scenario psychomotor exam. In this phase, a total of six (6) skills will be tested, five (5) currently evaluated in the NRP psychomotor examination and one (1) out-of-hospital scenario. This out-of-hospital scenario will reflect either a pediatric, geriatric, or adult patient. Each candidate will be provided with a trained paramedic partner and evaluated on his/her ability to manage a call, lead the team, effectively communicate, and maintain professionalism throughout the simulated patient encounter.
To assist Paramedic programs in preparing for these changes, the NREMT will be conducting Regional Scenario Development Workshops in 2016. The NREMT has partnered with the National Association of Emergency Medical Service Educators (NAEMSE) to facilitate these workshops. NAEMSE will reach out to the national EMS educator community and provide information, registration, and continuing education hours for those who attend a workshop in 2016.
These workshops are designed to provide Paramedic Program Directors and educators hands-on experience with formative and summative scenarios. Participants will be guided through the scenario development process by NREMT staff and Workshop Instructors who have experience piloting the portfolio and scenario psychomotor examination. Activities include scenario writing, calibration, and evaluation when student volunteers run the scenarios during the workshop. All of the scenarios created will then be available for use by participants in their training programs following the workshop
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