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EMS Provisional Certification during the COVID -19 Pandemic Response

PHRNs, PHPA, PHAPN Seeking Provisional Certification (without completing required ALS calls as required in the rule) during COVID -19 Pandemic Response

  • Must have completed the didactic portion of the pre-hospital course.
  • Must complete and pass a final pre-hospital or paramedic examination approved by the emergency medical services (EMS) system medical director
  • May seek provisional certification after completing course work and testing as approved by the EMS medical director
  • Prehospital registered nurses (PHRN), prehospital physicians (PHPA), and prehospital advance practice nurses (PHAPN) must operate in an Illinois EMS system. 
  • The PHRN, PHPA, or PHAPN may only operate with another Illinois licensed paramedic or PHRN with at least one-year experience. 
  • Care provided at the advanced life support (ALS) level may be used towards completion of the required ALS calls for state licensure. 
  • Once the pandemic is over and the EMS system returns to normal operations, the PHRN, PHPA, or PHAPN must provide proof of ALS calls in which they provided care, as required, and take the assessment test through the National Registry to receive state licensure 
  • The EMS system must maintain a quality improvement (QI) program that includes:
    • A review of at least five calls per month that include “provisionally certified” personnel.
    • Reviews of the care provided based on system protocols and standards of care.
    • Identified areas of improvement communicated with providers and personnel.

ECRNs Seeking Provisional Certification (without completing required field ride time) during COVID -19 Pandemic Response

  • Must have completed the didactic portion of the emergency communications registered nurse (ECRN) course.
  • Must complete and pass a final ECRN examination approved by the EMS system medical director.
  • May seek provisional certification after completing course work and testing as approved by the EMS medical director
  • Must have a co-sign by an Illinois licensed ECRN for any medical calls received.
  • Once the pandemic is over and the EMS system returns to normal operations, the ECRN may provide proof of ECRN calls and field ride time hourly requirements, as required, and submit for state ECRN licensure. 
  • The EMS system must maintain a QI program that includes:
    • A review of at least five calls per month that include “provisionally certified” personnel.
    • Reviews of the care provided based on system protocols and standards of care.
    • Identified areas of improvement communicated with providers and personnel.

Last Updated:  6/23/2020

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