BCEN Updates

New CAMTS Standards Will Require Transport-Specific Certification for RNs

The Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS), which is dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical transport services with a special focus on patient care and safety of the transport environment, is a longtime healthcare industry leader in promoting professional specialty certification.

As early as 2006, CAMTS strongly encouraged specialty certification for transport nurses employed by CAMTS-accredited transport programs and specifically recognized three BCEN credentials: the Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN), the Certified Transport Registered Nurse (CTRN), which focuses specifically on ground transports, and the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN).

In 2010, when CAMTS updated is standards to make specialty certification for critical care transport nurses a requirement, CAMTS-accepted credentials included both the CFRN and CTRN, the CEN, and several other non-transport-specific critical care nursing certifications.

In the just-published 12th edition of its standards, set to go into effect on January 1, 2023, CAMTS will require critical care transport nurses to hold a transport-specific credential.

While BCEN’s CFRN and CTRN remain CAMTS-accepted, the CEN is among several credentials that will  drop off the list of accepted certifications as of January 1, 2025, a caveat that will allow nurses holding non-transport-specific credentials time to earn a transport-specific certification.

For full details, you can read the final version of the 12th Edition Accreditation Standards of the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) with changes highlighted (go to the bottom of page 61).

“BCEN recognizes that transport-specific nursing credentials are among the most technically complex and wide-ranging, and as a result, many nurses find the CFRN and CTRN exams particularly challenging,” said BCEN CEO Janie Schumaker. “Everyone at BCEN stands ready to support CENs and other nurses seeking to earn transport-specific credentials in every way we can.”

For complete information about BCEN’s transport credentials, please visit the CFRN main page and the CTRN main page. Candidates are also invited to contact our Customer Experience Specialists at bcen@bcen.org and (877) 302-2236.

“We applaud CAMTS’s continued leadership and advocacy for specialty certification across professions, and, in particular, for underlining the unique impact and essential contributions that transport nursing credentials and the remarkable nurses who earn them bring to transport patient care,” said Schumaker.