I can find lots of people asking but very few answers... How can I get registered with the NREMT as a Canadian Advanced Care Paramedic?  The NREMT was unable to answer my questions as they say I need to take an American course to become State Registered.  Ive already done the schooling and am registered in Alberta, Canada.  Is there any schools in the US that helps out International Paramedics with achieving registration?

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I fear this may be the same problem that US paramedics experience when trying to gain registration/licensure in Canada or in other countries. Not sure you will get a satisfactory answer. The US still has some issues granting reciprocity between individual states, let alone providers from outside. It is mainly about money and turf wars

Sometimes these things are worked out through "credit for prior experience and education" granted by U.S. educational institutions.  This usually takes a personal effort on the part of a U.S. educator willing to go the extra mile for a student.

 

I will give you three names who are good people who MIGHT be willing to help you challenge some of this stuff.  No guarantees, but they are a starting point.

 

Suzann Schmidt at Oregon Institute of Technology in Portland, Oregon

Gregg Lander at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon

Mike Smith at Tacoma Community College in Washington

 

Good luck!

In order to test for the National Registry, all you need to do is to get a State EMS office to issue a letter advising the NREMT that they will allow you to become licensed once you pass the NREMT testing.  I would suggest states such as California, Colorado, Florida, Texas, or Arizona, which are pretty good about evaluating training conducted in otherplaces.  I know of one Paramedic from Australia that was able to gain licensure in California through reciprocity.  Good luck!

I'd also try the Center for Emergency Medicine in Pittsburgh, PA. Most of their international stuff is bringing in people from other countries to attend their NREMT-P program, but at least they have a very global outlook as a result.

Hi mark,

Im finishing my paramedic degree in australia at the moment. My partner is from minnesota and we can't get her another aussie visa so we are moving to the united states in November. So I will be gaining perminent residence. I was wondering if you knew the process that this australian paramedic went through to gain reciprocity or if you could pass my email onto him so i could get some advice on the best process. My email is troychristopherkirk@hotmail.com . any advice would be great.

 

Thankyou



Mark Baird said:

In order to test for the National Registry, all you need to do is to get a State EMS office to issue a letter advising the NREMT that they will allow you to become licensed once you pass the NREMT testing.  I would suggest states such as California, Colorado, Florida, Texas, or Arizona, which are pretty good about evaluating training conducted in otherplaces.  I know of one Paramedic from Australia that was able to gain licensure in California through reciprocity.  Good luck!

Hi colleen how did you go with achieving US registration? Can you offer any advice for an Australian wanting to do the same thing?

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