Okay, so you’re a National Registry Paramedic and are coming due for NRP recertification. Well, looking at their brochure can be very confusing. So let’s break it down!

Firstly, the NREMT provides 3 ways to to acquire your NRP recertification:

  1. Take the test every two years.
  2. Cobble together all of the specific hours you need in each category from individual courses offered.
  3. Do a 48 hour refresher and then get 24 hours of other Con ed!

Secondly, for NRP recertification, you need:

  • A current ACLS card (must be a real course that has a skills check IE AHA, eACLS)
  • A current BCLS card (must be a real course that has a skills check IE AHA, eBCLS)

Let’s break down the 48 hour refresher (up to 10 hours may be NON interactive IE magazines, recorded lectures, DVDs):

  • 16 hrs Airway, Breathing, Cardiology (Specific topics are on the brochure above in the yellow boxes under Mandatory and Flexible core content)
  • 8 hours Medical (Specific topics are on the brochure above in the yellow boxes under Mandatory and Flexible core content)
  • 6 hours Trauma (Specific topics are on the brochure above in the yellow boxes under Mandatory and Flexible core content)
  • 16 hours OB/Peds (Specific topics are on the brochure above in the yellow boxes under Mandatory and Flexible core content)
  • 2 hours in Operational (Specific topics are on the brochure above in the yellow boxes under Mandatory and Flexible core content)

All of this gives you 48 hours of mandatory and flexible core content.

Now your 24 hours of other (up to 12 hours may be NON Interactive see above). Basically you need 24 hours in anything medical related including college classes (just not English and basket weaving, it’s a real class at some colleges, things like A/P are a good sure bet). Up to 12 hours can be things like teaching CPR, EVOC or EVDT, Dispatch courses and a max of 12 hours can be applied from any one area, IE you can not take PHTLS or BTLS 3 times and say your good, nope can only count 12 hours from one topic.

As a plug for Distance CME, we can do a little bit or we can cover all of your needs, Distance CME is the easiest way to recert, 2 hour courses held over and over again changing days and times so you never have to take time off of work and sit in a classroom again!

Stay tuned for NCCR blog post!