How To Become an EMT
Emergency Medical Technician
Have you decided to answer the call and become an everyday hero? We applaud your effort to pursue a career in the medical field as an Emergency Medical Technician. The training involved in becoming an EMT is fast paced and rigorous. You may be finding yourself overwhelmed when you search for “How to Become an EMT” Here is a quick breakdown on how to become an EMT.
You will need to obtain EMT certification before becoming a practicing Emergency Medical Technician.
To avoid being overwhelmed, take one step at a time.
- Depending on your state, you can begin training as young as 16 years old.
- Many high schools offer EMT training to their students.
- You need to enroll in an EMT course to begin work toward EMT certification.
- Contact your local State either online or by phone to locate an upcoming EMT course.
- Many community colleges offer EMT training.
- Many states require EMTs to become NREMT certified. (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians)
Education and Training
At the EMT-Basic level, coursework emphasizes emergency skills, such as managing respiratory, trauma, and cardiac emergencies, and patient assessment. Formal courses are often combined with time in an emergency department or ambulance. The program provides instruction and practice in dealing with bleeding, fractures, airway obstruction, cardiac arrest, and emergency childbirth. Students learn how to use and maintain common emergency equipment, such as backboards, suction devices, splints, oxygen delivery systems, and stretchers.
Graduates of approved EMT-Basic training programs must pass a written and practical examination administered by the State licensing agency or the NREMT.
How to Become an EMT – Licensure
All 50 States require EMTs and Paramedics to be licensed, but the levels and titles vary from State to State. In most States and the District of Columbia certification by the NREMT is required at some or all levels. Some States administer their own certification examination or provide the option of taking either the NREMT or State examination.
In most States, licensure renewal is required every two to three years and generally, EMTs and Paramedics must take refresher training courses or complete continuing education requirements. Many States restrict licensure based on an individual’s criminal history.
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