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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 5. Department of Health
Chapter 31. Virginia Emergency Medical Services Regulations
8/17/2022

12VAC5-31-1920. Responsibilities of physician course directors.

A. Every basic or advanced life support training program and course requesting the award of certification or "Required" (Category 1) continuing education (CE) credits must have a minimum of one physician course director (PCD) who is a licensed physician holding endorsement as an EMS physician from the Office of EMS.

B. The PCD will have the following responsibilities as they relate to the selection and training of basic and advanced life support personnel:

1. The PCD must verify that all students accepted into the course of training meet state, regional, and local prerequisites for certification.

2. The PCD must confirm that all instructors for the course are certified at or above the level being instructed or have expertise in the particular subject being taught.

3. The PCD must regularly monitor and confirm that the training program adheres to the following criteria:

a. Satisfaction of the minimum objectives prescribed in the Office of EMS-approved training curriculum for the course of instruction. Upon presentation of an individual's "Virginia EMS Certification Application" for the PCD's signature by the course coordinator (ALS Coordinator) of an advanced life support training program, the PCD should confirm the student's successful completion of the course including their assessed competency to perform all required skills;

b. Continuing education programs are based upon the objectives prescribed in the Office of EMS approved recertification curriculum;

c. Consistency is maintained with local medical direction protocols and guidelines;

d. Consistency is maintained with any other local guidelines established by the regional EMS council or local EMS resource; and

e. Any additional requirements imposed for programs conducted for a single EMS agency or other organization must comply with the minimum guidelines defined in subdivisions 3 a through d of this subsection.

Statutory Authority

§§ 32.1-12 and 32.1-111.4 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 3 and Volume 19, Issue 9, eff. January 15, 2003.

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