Hot Topics Research in Emergency Medical Services R0139

Delivery type 6-Day On-Campus
ACE recommendation In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, three semester hours in research methods, fire services administration, or emergency services administration.
CEU’s 4.4
Student pre-course materials and course syllabus PDF 46 KB,

Training Specialist

Michael Stern

Course description

This six-day course provides learners with the knowledge and skills to identify and research hot topics in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to ultimately identify, promote and embrace evidence-based system or service improvements. Skills addressed include problem statement identification, research strategy and proposal, literature and data evaluation, and project status briefing. Students will bring a topic important to their agency/community to base the research on and will construct a program proposal, begin the research process, and present a project status briefing.

Selection criteria

EMS middle management personnel (including shift supervisor, captain, division/battalion chief, crew leader, administrator, etc.) and others providing evidence-based system or service improvements.


Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online at Chief’s signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training. “Data Gathering Instruments to Support Applied Research Projects” (Q0170). “Designing an Applied Research Project Proposal” (Q0171).
Post-course requirements None