Policy suggestions to educate and produce outstanding paramedics in Korea

우수한 1급 응급구조사 인력 양성 및 배출을 위한 정책 제안

  • Choi, Eun-Sook (Department of Emergency Medical Service, College of Nursing and Health, Kongju National University) ;
  • Koh, Bong-Yeun (Department of Emergency Medical Technology, Dongnam Health University) ;
  • Park, Hee-Jin (Department of Emergency Medical Technology, Seoyeong University) ;
  • Kim, Hyo-Sik (Department of Emergency Medical Technology, Cheju Halla University) ;
  • Kwon, Hay-Rran (Department of Emergency Medical Technology, Gwangju Health University) ;
  • Choi, Hea-Kyung (Department of Emergency Medical Service, Eulji University) ;
  • Lee, Kyoung-Youl (Department of Emergency Medical Service, College of Nursing and Health, Kongju National University) ;
  • Yun, Jong-Geun (Department of Emergency Medical Service, Honam University) ;
  • Hong, Sung-Gi (Department of Emergency Medical Technology, Dongnam Health University) ;
  • Cho, Keun-Ja (Department of Emergency Medical Service, College of Nursing and Health, Kongju National University)
  • 최은숙 (공주대학교 응급구조학과) ;
  • 고봉연 (동남보건대학교 응급구조과) ;
  • 박희진 (서영대학교 응급구조과) ;
  • 김효식 (제주한라대학교 응급구조과) ;
  • 권혜란 (광주보건대학교 응급구조과) ;
  • 최혜경 (을지대학교 응급구조학과) ;
  • 이경열 (공주대학교 응급구조학과) ;
  • 윤종근 (호남대학교 응급구조학과) ;
  • 홍성기 (동남보건대학교 응급구조과) ;
  • 조근자 (공주대학교 응급구조학과)
  • Received : 2018.03.17
  • Accepted : 2018.04.15
  • Published : 2018.04.30


Purpose: With the purpose of educating and producing outstanding paramedics by enhancing their competencies, this study aimed to make policy suggestions to re-establish the education system and improve the national examination and the certification scheme. Methods: This study used focus group interviews and questionnaires to collect data. Totally, there were 277 subjects, including experts from the education and field. Data were collected from September 9 to 20, 2016, and analyzed using SPSS 22.0. Results: To strengthen the curriculum of paramedics, this study suggested 27 courses with 94 credits as the standardized curriculum and derived 9 core competencies of paramedics. For the national examination, this study suggested consolidating written test subjects, adding scenario questions to practical tests, and applying critical criteria to simple practical tests that performs a procedure, grading these tests on a pass/fail basis. In addition, this study suggested converting certification into license, reflecting paramedics' healthcare job characteristics. Conclusion: The quality of emergency medical services in Korea will improve when those with core competencies that originated from the standardized curriculum based on the results of this study acquire their certification through the national test scheme, and the certification management system creates a virtuous cycle to further enhance paramedics' professionalism.


Paramedics;Curriculum;Core competency;License;Korea


Supported by : Korea Health Personnel Licensing Examination Institute


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