Texas Jurisprudence Course & Exam

The Texas Jurisprudence Course tests the EMS provider on their knowledge of Ch. 773's Health and Safety Code. The focus of this course is on department rules, the laws that affect the EMS provider, and the regulations that the EMS provider must be aware of. This course was approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services for delivery online by EMT-CE.com

Didactic Objectives

  • a. HSC 773
  • Sec. 773.050. MINIMUM STANDARDS – Jurisprudence Exams
  • Sec. 773.0612. ACCESS TO RECORDS
  • Sec. 773.064. CRIMINAL PENALTIES
  • b. 157.02 – Definitions

d. 157.16 – EMS Provider Disciplinary Actions

e. 157.33 – Certification

f. 157.34 – Recertification

g. 157.36 – EMS Personnel Disciplinary Actions

h. 157.38 – Continuing Education

i. 197.3 Off-line Medical Director

j. 103 Injury Prevention and Control

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EMS Jurisprudence Exam FAQs (04/14/2017)

What is the Jurisprudence Exam for EMS? – The jurisprudence exam determines the knowledge of the Health & Safety Code - Ch. 773, department rules, and any other applicable laws affecting the applicant's activities regulated by the department. This program requirement was approved by the 84th Legislative Session.

Can DSHS provide guidance documents? – DSHS has developed goals and objectives for the course and sample exam questions that can be used. The course can be presented in any format by an approved Continue Education Sponsor. There should be a lesson plan developed on the current EMS rules and then a series of questions to validate the students’ knowledge on the material provided.

Who can offer the course? – The Jurisprudence Course and Exam may be offered by any DSHS approved continuing education program and meet all of the standards as stated in §157.38. All initial EMS education programs at all levels must provide the course to students before issuing a course completion certificate.

How does an EMS Personnel licensee or certificant show course completion? – This will be just like acquiring and maintaining any CE records. Complete the course, get your course completion certificate, and maintain the record for 5 years in case and be able to show proof of such in case of audit.

What are the requirements for EMS Providers? - §157.33 and §157.34 requires EMS providers to provide proof at initial and renewal of a license that all certified or licensed personnel have completed a jurisprudence examination approved by the department. This will be monitored two ways – an attestation during the application process and verification during on-site surveys and inspections.

What are the requirements for Initial Education Programs? – Maintain a record of completion that would be verified during course records audits or site visits. There is no notification to DSHS required. Any course started after September 2017 is required to include the jurisprudence course and exam. We are trying to keep the process as open and as flexible as possible for programs.

What are the requirements for Continuing Education Programs? - Maintain records like any other CE course. DSHS would verify these records during the CE program audits. CE Programs must report that they will be offering the Jurisprudence (JP) Exam. DSHS will use the CE Notification and Change Form that can be filled out and faxed into Austin so that department can track what approved CE programs are offering the JP exam. The forms will be located on the DSHS - EMS Education Programs web page.

Why did DSHS choose this delivery method? – This method will provide many options for the deliver the material 65,000 license holders spread out across the State.

If I still have a question who can I speak to? – For any additional questions please contact your regional EMS office listed below:

• North Group, 817-264-4720

• Central Group, 512-834-6700

• South Group, 210-949-2050

• East Group, 713-767-3333

EMT-CE Program Approval Number: 600744
CAPCE Course Number: 20-EMTP-F3-9303
Total CE Hours: 1.5