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Agenda 3/26/08 Item 9 E — National Registry Exam Statistics

DATE: March 26, 2008

TO: Commission on EMS

FROM: Daniel R. Smiley, Interim Director

PREPARED BY: Nancy Steiner, Chief, EMS Personnel Division

SUBJECT: National Registry Exam Statistics

RECOMMENDED ACTION(s):

Receive information on the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians’ (NREMT) EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic examination pass/fail rates for California.

FISCAL IMPACT:

None

DISCUSSION:

At the December 5, 2007 Commission on EMS meeting, Commissioner Powers requested a report on the paramedic licensing examination pass/fail rates for California.

Examination information has been provided by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), California’s testing agent for both the EMT-I (Basic) certification examination and the Paramedic licensing examination. The examination statistics are for applicants whose course completion dates were between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2007.

NREMT allows an applicant three attempts to pass the examination. Upon failing the third attempt, the applicant must take and pass a refresher course and then the applicant is given three more attempts to pass the test. As you will note in the attached data, California paramedic applicants have a very high pass rate on the first attempt, one of the highest pass rates in the nation. The first time pass rate for EMT-I (Basic) applicants in California has improved from 66%, as reported to the Commission in December 2006, to 69%. The national pass rate for EMT-Basic is 70%.

Once the NREMT has finished its statistical report and it is released for production, the EMS Authority will be able to run the report at the training program level, either for all programs or by individual program.

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