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Virginia Administrative Code
8/12/2022

Article 5. Bls Programs

12VAC5-31-1501. BLS certification course attendance.

Article 5
BLS Programs

A. Students must complete a minimum of 85% of the didactic and lab aspects of the course.

B. Students must complete all healthcare facility competency and field internship requirements for the program.

C. Students must successfully demonstrate competency to perform all required skills as specified by the Office of EMS for the level of the training program attended. Use of training manikin practice may not substitute for performance of skills involving actual patients in a clinical setting except as allowed by the Office of EMS.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 1, eff. October 10, 2012.

12VAC5-31-1503. BLS course student requirements.

The enrolled student, certification candidate, or EMS provider must comply with the following:

1. Be proficient in reading, writing and speaking the English language in order to clearly communicate with a patient, family, or bystander to determine a chief complaint, nature of illness or, mechanism of injury; assess signs and symptoms; and interpret protocols.

2. Be a minimum of 16 years of age at the beginning date of the certification program. If less than 18 years of age, the student must provide the EMT instructor or the EMS educational coordinator with a completed parental permission form as approved by the Office of EMS with the signature of a parent or guardian supporting enrollment in the course.

3. Have no physical or mental impairment that would render the student or provider unable to perform all practical skills required for that level of certification including the ability to function and communicate independently and perform patient care, physical assessments, and treatments.

4. Hold current certification in an approved course in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at the beginning date of the certification program. This certification must also be current at the time of state testing.

5. If in a bridge certification program, the student must hold current Virginia certification at the EMS First Responder level through completion of the certification examination process.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 1, eff. October 10, 2012.

12VAC5-31-1505. EMS First Responder certification program.

The EMS First Responder curriculum will be the current version of the Virginia Standard Curriculum or Virginia education standards for the EMS First Responder as approved by the Office of EMS and will consist of a minimum number of hours of didactic training.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 1, eff. October 10, 2012.

12VAC5-31-1507. First Responder bridge to EMT.

The Virginia EMS First Responder Bridge curriculum will be based upon the National Standard Curriculum for the EMT and the bridge program curriculum approved by the Office of EMS.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 1, eff. October 10, 2012.

12VAC5-31-1509. EMS First Responder bridge length.

The Virginia EMS First Responder Bridge will consist of a minimum number of hours of didactic training and competency.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 1, eff. October 10, 2012.

12VAC5-31-1510. (Repealed.)

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 3, eff. January 15, 2003; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 1, eff. October 10, 2012.

12VAC5-31-1511. First Responder bridge to EMT certification examinations.

Candidates completing the Virginia EMS First Responder Bridge program must complete the current EMT written and practical examinations administered by the Office of EMS.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 1, eff. October 10, 2012.

12VAC5-31-1513. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification.

The EMT curriculum will be based upon the current version of the National Standard Curriculum for the EMT or Virginia education standards and any additions, deletions, or other modifications as approved by the Office of EMS and will consist of a minimum number of hours of didactic training and competency.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 1, eff. October 10, 2012.

12VAC5-31-1515. Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification examination.

Candidates completing the EMT training program must successfully complete the Office of EMS approved EMT written and practical examinations.

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 1, eff. October 10, 2012.

12VAC5-31-1520. (Repealed.)

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 3, eff. January 15, 2003; repealed, Virginia Register Volume 29, Issue 1, eff. October 10, 2012.

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