New Tactical Paramedic Exam in Development

August 23, 2012 -- The Board for Critical Care Transport Paramedic Certification (BCCTPC), has announced the development of a Tactical Paramedic (TP-C) Exam. The intent for the TP-C exam is to establish a single standard for all tactical paramedics in the U.S. military and law enforcement communities.

Competency is important in the face of rising patient acuity levels, rapidly developing technology, and in austere and hostile environments. The BCCTPC is committed to providing specialty certification for transport and prehospital professionals as a means of validating the essential knowledge and judgment required for safe and competent practice. The TP-C exam marks the third specialty certification exam developed by the BCCTPC since 2000.

Following a request from the U.S. military to develop a certification exam for paramedics who primarily operate in a tactical medical environment, the BCCTPC together with industry subject matter experts from across the United States met in Kansas City in June to create the outline for a job analysis survey.

“From the beginning of this process, we have been genuinely excited about the commitment of the tactical paramedic community to advance the accreditation of their profession," says BCCTPC Chair Graham Pierce. "Collaborating with professionals from every aspect of the tactical medicine community in both civilian and military sectors has been one of the most rewarding undertakings the BCCTPC has ever done.”

An initial step in developing a valid exam is to define the job skills and tasks that a tactical paramedic performs in terms of the competencies necessary to safely and effectively perform the job at a targeted level of expertise. The method to determine this is to complete a job analysis study to obtain this information that will determine the content of the certification exam.

“We look forward to developing an exam that will not only standardize the body of knowledge of the tactical paramedic, but will establish a benchmark of excellence that all tactical medicine operators can achieve to demonstrate their own commitment to providing the best care possible in their complex and difficult patient care environment,” says Pierce.

The exam development and administration process will be conducted in partnership with Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. (AMP), who are experts in performing job analysis studies. The exam will be developed and administered in accordance with the current professional and governmental standards for test development, as established by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, the National Organization for Competency Assurance, and the National Council on Measurement in Education.

The Job Analysis Survey is set to go out via e-mail in August to tactical paramedics across the country. Follow up phases will include item writing, exam construction, cut score study, and beta testing of the exam. Beta testing is scheduled for April 2013 with the final exam available nationwide summer of 2013.  

About The Board for Critical Care Transport Paramedic Certification
The BCCTPC, a non-profit organization, was formed to develop and administer certification examinations for paramedics. Our Certified Flight Paramedic (FP-C©) and Certified Critical Care Paramedic (CCP-C©) examinations are now well established and have become a recognized standard for clinical competency by medical providers in the United States and Europe.

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