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Americans With Disabilities Act

Q: I have a learning disability in the area of reading comprehension/reading decoding. Am I eligible for testing modifications during my CFR/EMT/AEMT course?

A: Maybe. Please contact your Certified Instructor Coordinator (CIC) or Course Sponsor Administrator for more information on their Americans with Disabilities Act policies and procedures.

Q: I am unable to perform a patient assessment or apply a traction splint on the floor due to a physical disability. Can I have my evaluator move the patient from the floor to a table during my NYS EMS Practical Skills Exam in order to perform the assessment or apply the traction splint during my random skills station?

A: No. There are no testing modifications/accommodations permitted at the NYS DOH BEMS Practical Skills Exam as the ability to bend, stoop and crawl is an essential function of a certified EMS provider in the State of New York. However, use of aids that can be brought to the patient's side (i.e. amplified stethoscope) may be utilized with the prior knowledge of the Practical Skills Examination Coordinator.

Q: I have a learning disability in the area of reading comprehension/reading decoding and received testing modifications during high school. Am I eligible for testing modifications during my NYS DOH BEMS written certification exam?

A: Maybe. A copy of your most recent Individualized Education Program or standardized psycho-educational assessment (including test scores) should be forwarded with a written and signed request for the testing modifications to NYS EMS at 875 Central Avenue, Albany, NY 12206-1388 at least six weeks prior the NYS DOH BEMS written certification exam. Please note that NYS DOH BEMS does not grant or allow for readers at the NYS DOH BEMS written certification exam due to the fact that the ability to function independently is an essential function of a certified EMS provider in the State of New York.

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