List of EMS provider credentials

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An EMS provider's post-nominal (listed after the name) credentials usually follow his or her name in this order:

  • Highest earned academic degree in or related to medicine (e.g. "DO")
  • Highest licensure or certification (e.g. "NREMT-P")
  • Further certifications (e.g. "CCEMT-P")

Generally credentials are listed from most to least permanent. A degree, once earned, cannot be taken away. Licensure and certifications generally must be periodically renewed by examination or the completion of a prescribed number of continuing education units (CEUs).

EMS providers may also hold non-EMS credentials including academic degrees. These are usually omitted unless they are related to the provider's job. For instance, a paramedic would likely not list an MBA, but a supervisor might choose to do so.

The providers credentials are separated from the person's name (and from each other) with commas. There are usually no periods within the credentials. (e.g. "EMT" not "E.M.T.")




  • CCEMTP - Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport Program from UMBC
  • CCEMT-P - Critical Care Emergency Medical Transport Paramedic from UMBC
  • CCP-C Certified Critical Care Paramedic
  • CEMSO - Chief Emergency Medical Service Officer
  • CFR - Certified First Responder
  • CIC - Certified Instructor Course
  • CP - Certified Paramedic
  • CEP - Certified Emergency Paramedic


  • EMPACT - Emergency Medical Patient: Assessment Care and Treatment
  • EMR - Emergency Medical Responder
  • EMSI - Emergency Medical Services Instructor
  • EMT-B - Emergency Medical Technician - Basic
  • EMT-I - Emergency Medical Technician - Intermediate
  • EMT-P - Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic
  • EMT-A - Emergency Medical Technician - Ambulance
  • EMT-AD - Emergency Medical Technician - Automatic Defibrillator
  • EMT-CC - Emergency Medical Technician - Critical Care
  • EMT-CT - Emergency Medical Technician - Cardiac Tech
  • EMT-D - Emergency Medical Technician - Defibrillator
  • EMT-M - Emergency Medical Technician - MAST (Military Anti-Shock Trousers)
  • EMT-T - Emergency Medical Technician - Tactical
  • EMT-ST - Emergency Medical Technician - Shock Trauma



  • GEMS - Geriatric Education for Emergency Medical Services


  • ITLS Basic - Basic International Trauma Life Support Basic (previously BTLS)
  • ITLS Advanced - Advanced International Trauma Life Support Advanced
  • ITLS Access - Access International Trauma Life Support
  • ITLS Military - Military International Trauma Life Support
  • ITLS Pediatric - Pediatric International Trauma Life Support


  • LP - Licensed Paramedic


  • MICP - Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic





  • SARTECH - Search and Rescue Technician
  • SEI - Senior EMS Instructor


  • TCCC - Tactical Combat Casualty Care
  • TP-C - Certified Tactical Paramedic


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