According to the Board of Directors of the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine Technology:
“Effective January 1, 2016, CNA and CMA designations will be eliminated from the list of qualifying pathways for CHT status.
Current CNA and CMA CHTs will have until January 1, 2016 to obtain additional medical education in order to recertify their CHT status using another qualifying pathway. Perhaps the most readily attainable of these pathways is an EMT. Patient assessments likewise cannot be delegated to EMT’s in hospital/acute care/hyperbaric medicine settings. However, their training better prepares them to recognize more readily when it is appropriate and necessary to call a nurse or physician. This would include signs of patient distress and the alerting of licensed staff.”