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Hello All, I am a new grad PA-C in Pennsylvania. Currently waiting to start my job in critical care medicine at a large academic medical center. I have worked in EMS for the last 9 years as an EMT-B with an ALS service. I have submitted an application through my regional EMS council to have my pre-hospital certification changed from EMT-B to PHPE (Pre-Hospital Physician Extender for those not familiar). The final step is to challenge the NREMT-P written exam. Has anyone else challenged this exam? How would you rate the difficulty given your education as a physician assistant? I'm not worried about taking this exam.... should I be?
Any one else had an issue? And if so how did you get it done? I currently have resulted to asking my congressman to intervene. So before I became a PA I was a combat Medic with the US Army. I maintained a license not through an individual state but through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Since becoming a PA-C I need my license to practice in the state of CA. The state of CA requires form PA-7 to be sent from NREMT directly to the state exhibiting a letter of good standing. They have lost my forms on multiple occasions (4 to be exact) they won't ever give me any other information other than "you need to wait 30 days" it has now been 34 days since the 4th form was sent via fed ex with signature confirmation and I was told "whoops what we meant was 30 'business days' call back in a few weeks." This has been 4 months since my very first submission of the PA-7 form. Or does anyone have any recommendations? I've contacted the state who says I HAVE to have this form there's no other way. My application in its entirety is complete with the state except for this one piece of paper. My record with the NREMT is completely clean as well, the paper form is just not getting done or mailed out. Thanks guys!
Hi All, I will be starting school this summer and am wondering if it's worthwhile to renew my national cert. My NJ state certification is good for another 5 years, but my NREMT will run out next month. I have already completed what I would need to renew so part of me feels like, why not just do it. But I don't know if it will be useful when I start school, especially since I will be attending school in NJ (and would be covered by the state cert). I appreciate any insight you can provide. Thanks!