College Courses

College Courses

Thank you for your email about using college courses for your recertification. Many college courses, including, but not limited to, biology, chemistry, and psychology, will not be accepted. They do not meet the recertification requirements and are unrelated to direct EMS patient care.


Education from other healthcare professions, such as nursing and medical school, may be used for recertification if the education directly applies to EMS topics or EMS patient care. An exception is the use of this education in the Operations section of the national component.


Beginning April 1, 2023, the only college courses allowed in the national component are EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic initial education program. Initial education programs used in the national component must be at or above your current level. Other college courses that directly apply to direct EMS patient care can apply to the local and individual components. 


You can use any state-approved or CAPCE-accredited (www.capce.org)online education. You can also check your state EMS office's website for additional state-approved education.    


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