Testing Overview

ODEMSA serves a dual role in testing:

  • National Registry recognizes ODEMSA as a primary testing site for the Advanced level Psychomotor Examinations
  • The State of OEMS office within the Commonwealth of Virginia recognizes ODEMSA as a Consolidated Testing Site (CTS) for BLS psychomotor testing

About National Registry Testing

The National Registry practical testing offered by ODEMSA consists of skills presented in a scenario-type format to approximate the abilities of the Advanced EMT (AEMT), Intermediate, and Paramedic to function in the out-of-hospital setting. The process is a formal verification of the candidate’s “hands-on” abilities and knowledge, rather than a teaching, coaching, or remedial training session. The NREMT will not explain any specific errors in any performance. A candidate’s attendance at a scheduled examination does not guarantee eligibility for National Registration. The candidate is warned that he/she assumes all risks and consequences of testing inappropriate skills if testing at a site where his/her name is not read as part of the official examination roster.

ODEMSA does not offer the written portion of the National Registry of EMT examinations.  Candidates should register for the cognitive portion of the exam through a Pearson VUE testing center.

ALS Skills Sheets and Handbooks

About Consolidated Testing Site (CTS) Commonwealth of Virginia Testing

ODEMSA is recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia to serve as a Consolidated Test Site (CTS) for examinations administered by the Office of EMS.  These include Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and Education Coordinator (EC).

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