TITLE 77: PUBLIC HEALTH
CHAPTER I: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
SUBCHAPTER f: EMERGENCY SERVICES AND HIGHWAY SAFETY
PART 515 EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, TRAUMA CENTER, COMPREHENSIVE STROKE CENTER, PRIMARY STROKE CENTER AND ACUTE STROKE READY HOSPITAL CODE
SECTION 515.725 EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONDER
Section 515.725 Emergency Medical Responder
a) An EMR education program shall be pre-approved by the Department and conducted only by an EMS System or a community college under the direction of the EMS System.
b) Applications for approval of EMR education programs shall be filed with the Department on forms prescribed by the Department. The application shall contain, at a minimum, name of applicant, agency and address, type of training program, dates of training program, and names and signatures of the EMS MD and EMS System Coordinator.
c) Applications for approval, including a copy of the course schedule and syllabus, shall be submitted at least 60 days in advance of the first scheduled class.
d) The EMS MD of the EMS System shall attest on the application form that the education program will be conducted according to the national EMS education standards. The EMR education program shall include all components of the national EMS education standards, including all modifications required by the Department. The course hours shall minimally include 52 hours of didactic education.
e) The EMR education program shall designate an EMS Lead Instructor who shall be responsible for the overall management of the education program and shall be approved by the Department based on requirements of Section 515.700.
f) The EMS MD shall electronically submit to the Department approval for licensure for an EMR candidate who is at least 18 years of age and has completed and passed all components of the education program, has passed the final examination, and has paid the appropriate initial licensure fee (see Section 515.460). The initial licensure fee may be waived pursuant to Section 515.460(c).
g) All approved programs shall maintain course and student records for seven years, which shall be made available to the Department upon request.
h) CE classes, seminars, workshops, or other types of programs shall be approved by the Department before being offered to EMR candidates. An application for approval shall be submitted to the Department on a form prescribed, prepared and furnished by the Department at least 60 days prior to the scheduled event.
i) Approval will be granted provided that the application is complete and the content of the program is based on topics or materials from the national EMS education standards for the EMR.
j) EMRs shall be responsible for submitting written proof of CE attendance to the EMS System Coordinator or, for independent renewals, to the Department Regional EMS Coordinator. The EMS System Coordinator or Department Regional EMS Coordinator shall verify whether specific CE hours submitted by the EMR qualify for renewal.
k) EMRs shall maintain copies of all documentation concerning CE programs that he or she has completed.
l) To renew an EMR license, the applicant shall submit the following to the Department at least 60 days, but no more than 90 days, before the license expiration. The renewal licensure fee may be waived pursuant to Section 515.460(c).
1) The submission of an electronic transaction by the EMS MD will satisfy the renewal application requirement for an EMR who has been recommended for re-licensure by the EMS MD.
2) The licensee shall file a written or electronic application for renewal with the Department no less than 30 days before the license expiration date. Incomplete license applications submitted less than 30 days before the license expiration may not be processed by the expiration date and will be subject to a late fee.
3) EMRs whose licenses have expired may, within 60 days after license expiration, submit all relicensure requirements and submit the required relicensure fees, including a late fee, online or by certified check or money order. Cash or personal check will not be accepted. If all relicensure requirements have been met, and there are no pending disciplinary actions against the EMR, the Department will relicense the EMR.
EMR who has not been recommended for relicensure by the EMS MD shall
m) A written recommendation signed by the EMS MD shall be provided to the Department regarding completion of the following requirements:
1) 24 hours of CE every four years. The System shall define in the EMS Program Plan the number of CE hours to be accrued each year for re-licensure; and
2) The licensee shall have a current CPR for Healthcare Providers card that covers didactic and psychomotor skills that meet or exceed American Heart Association guidelines.
n) EMRs whose licenses have expired may, within 60 days after license expiration, submit all relicensure requirements and submit the required relicensure fees, including a late fee, online or in the form of a certified check or money order. Cash or personal check will not be accepted. If all relicensure requirements have been met, and there are no pending disciplinary actions against the EMR, the Department will relicense the EMR.
o) EMRs who are not affiliated with an EMS System shall have equipment immediately available to provide the standard of care established by the national EMS education standards for the EMR.
(Source: Amended at 42 Ill. Reg. 17632, effective September 20, 2018)