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CPR Certification Requirements for EMTs in Massachusetts


Massachusetts is a unique and special state, and it’s one of the states that has recently seen a surge of support for online-based CPR certification in recent years. 

Just like any state, it’s important to know what the acceptance is for online CPR certifications. Below we’ve prepared a list of the specific approvals of ProTrainings courses for EMTs in the state of Massachusetts.
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Summary of CPR Certification Requirements for Massachusetts



  • EMS professionals in Massachusetts are required  to have a Healthcare Provider level CPR/BLS (Basic Life Support) certification. 
  • The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services requires Healthcare Provider level BLS/CPR, AED with skills evaluation component.
  • Most employers will require a Healthcare Provider level BLS/CPR.
  • For continuing education; Emergency Responders, Paramedics, and Fire Response Individuals can claim 4 basic CE credits for BLS/CPR Certification with a practical portion.
  • CAPCE requires to maintain a CPR certification for Healthcare Providers with a practical skills component.
 

Course Content


EMS Providers in Massachusetts usually need a Basic Life Support (BLS/CPR) certification at the Healthcare Provider level. Required skills include; Adult, child and infant CPR, AED, and use of a bag-valve-mask. Some EMTs' may also need a First Aid course as well,  but this is determined by the employer. 



Delivery Modality

EMS Providers in Massachusetts are required to do the Basic Life Support level of CPR certification for Healthcare Providers that includes a practical skills evaluation through a classroom or blended training process. 100% online CPR will only be an option upon the discretion of the employer or institution and is not accepted by the state licensing department or for continuing education credits for Emergency Responders.

Some employers may require a specific type of training, or may leave it up to the State’s requirement. If you are not certain of your employer's requirement, make sure to check with them about both the training type and the required course content.

List of ALL Board and approval bodies:

Department of Public Health, Office of EMS

Summary of CPR Certification Requirements for Massachusetts:

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of EMS requires Healthcare Provider level CPR certification with practical skills component that is accepted by the Board or CAPCE approved.

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Board Statement:

170.810: Emergency Medical Technician - Basic 

(C) (1) Successful completion of a course provided by a nationally recognized organization and reflecting current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emergency cardiac care resuscitation science and treatment recommendations issued by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR)'s International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science With Treatment Recommendations (CoSTR) or successor body, as documented by a current training certificate, renewed biennially, in Basic Cardiac Life Support health care professional CPR. CPR training must be obtained through an instructor-led program or blended learning experience with an in-person hands-on skills evaluation, and must include a cognitive examination;

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CAPCE (Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education)

Summary of CPR Certification Requirements for Massachusetts:

CAPCE (previously called CECBEMS) requires maintaining CPR for Healthcare Providers that includes practical skills evaluation component. As a CAPCE-accredited organization, we have multiple courses available for CE hours listed, covering ACLS, PALS, Ergonomics, Bloodborne Pathogens and others. Go to our courses page and click on sign up for CEs.

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Board Statement:

CAPCE (previously CECBEMS) recognizes that EMS providers are required to maintain certification in a number of disciplines, including:

  • BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR) 
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) 
  • Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) 
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) 
  • Pediatric Education for Prehospital Professionals (PEPP) 
  • Advanced Pediatric Life Support (APLS) 
  • Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization (PEARS)

EMS providers frequently maintain these certifications simultaneously through distributive learning. There are a number of CAPCE-accredited organizations that offer these certification courses. The most popular are ACLS, PALS, and BLS, and include practical skills evaluation as a required component.

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