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EMS – Emergency Medical Services Instructor Qualifications


Full-Time EMS Faculty Minimum Qualifications:

Note: Full time faculty must be qualified to teach most of the courses in the program, and are also responsible for ensuring professional accreditation, developing curriculum, maintaining facilities and interacting with EMS professional organizations. For this reason the qualifications for FT Instructors are more comprehensive than those for individual courses.

  • Currently licensed Oregon Paramedic, or higher, in good standing with OHA EMS&TS and
  • Three years’ experience at the paramedic level or higher and
  • AHA BLS Instructor Certified or equivalent and
  • ACLS Instructor Certified and
  • BTLS or PHTLS Instructor Certified and
  • At least one of the following: NFPA Instructor 1, DPSST Fire Service Instructor I and II, NAEMSE EMT Instructor, 40 hours of the Instructor Development Program offered by the DPSST, transcripted 3 credits adult learning theory, or equivalent and
  • Participation in Course Director Updates offered by OHA and
  • Transcripted evidence of math competency equivalent to college algebra, or higher and
  • AAS Degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher learning in Emergency Medical Services, Fire Protection/Administration, Emergency TeleCommunicator, Emergency Management, Nursing, or Allied Health; or Bachelor Degree or higher

Qualifications for Faculty teaching specific courses

EMS 100

  • Currently licensed Oregon EMT or higher and 
  • American Heart Association Core Instructor Course, or NFPA Instructor Certification, or NAEMSE EMT Instructor Course, or equivalent and 
  • Documented training in the following topics: Blood borne Pathogens, Hazardous Materials Awareness/Operations, and Incident Command System.

EMS 105, 106

  • Currently licensed Oregon EMT or higher, in good standing with OHA EMS&TS and
  • AHA BLS Instructor Certified or equivalent and
  • Three years’ experience at or above level being taught and
  • At least one of the following: NFPA Instructor 1, DPSST Fire Service Instructor I and II, NAEMSE EMT Instructor, 40 hours of the Instructor Development program offered by the DPSST, transcripted 3 credits adult learning theory, or equivalent and
  • Participation in Course Director Updates offered by OHA and
  • Transcripted evidence of math competency equivalent to college algebra, or higher

Related Instruction:

Math 65 or higher present on transcript or five years recent field experience

EMS 113, 115

  • Currently licensed Oregon EMT or higher and
  • American Heart Association Core Instructor Course, or NFPA Instructor I Certification, or NAEMSE EMT Instructor Course, or equivalent.

EMS 114

  • Currently licensed Oregon EMT or higher and 
  • American Heart Association Core Instructor Course, or NFPA Instructor I Certification, or NAEMSE EMT Instructor Course, or equivalent. and
  • Documented training in Emergency Vehicle Operations or five years emergency vehicle operations experience and
  • Transcripted evidence of math competency equivalent to college algebra, or higher

Related Instruction

MTH 65 or higher present on transcript or five years recent field experience

EMS 116

  • Currently licensed Oregon EMT or higher and
  • American Heart Association Core Instructor Course, or NFPA Instructor I Certification, or NAEMSE EMT Instructor Course, or equivalent and
  • Documented training in Rescue Operations or five years rescue operations experience and
  • Transcripted evidence of math competency equivalent to college algebra, or higher

Related Instruction

Math 65 or higher present on transcript or five years recent field experience

EMS 135, 136

  • Currently licensed Oregon Advanced EMT, or higher, in good standing with OHA EMS&TS and
  • Three years’ experience at or above level being taught and
  • AHA BLS Instructor Certified or equivalent and
  • At least one of the following: NFPA Instructor 1, DPSST Fire Service Instructor I and II, NAEMSE EMT Instructor, 40 hours of the Instructor Development Program offered by the DPSST, transcripted 3 credits adult learning theory, or equivalent and
  • Participation in Course Director Updates offered by OHA

EMS 240, 242, 244, 246, 248, 250, 252

  • Currently licensed Oregon Paramedic, or higher, in good standing with OHA EMS&TS and
  • Three years’ experience at or above level being taught and
  • AHA BLS Instructor Certified or equivalent and
  • ACLS Instructor Certified and
  • BTLS or PHTLS Instructor Certified and
  • At least one of the following: NFPA Instructor 1, DPSST Fire Service Instructor I and II, NAEMSE EMT Instructor, 40 hours of the Instructor Development Program offered by the DPSST, transcripted 3 credits adult learning theory, or equivalent and
  • Participation in Course Director Updates offered by OHA and
  • AAS Degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher learning in Emergency Medical Services, Fire Protection/Administration, Emergency TeleCommunicator, Emergency Management, Nursing, or Allied Health; or Bachelor Degree or higher

Revised: February 9, 2018

EMS Instructor Qualifications prior to February 2018