Becoming an Emergency Medical Technician takes work and dedication. The desire to help people, save lives and make a difference is the dream of varied individuals.
There are many requirements to fulfill before taking the state certification test. You can begin by contacting the state health department to get a list of EMT certification requirements.
Skill requirements can vary from state to state. For example, in California, an EMT-basic will start IV’s. In the state of Texas, they will not. Basic skills include wound care, patient evaluation, writing run forms, applying splints, cervical spine immobilization and a variety of other skills.
For someone who becomes an EMT and moves to another state, reciprocity may or may not be available. National certification is available. Your state’s certifying agency may have a list of proctors who can administer the national test for you. Most states have reciprocity with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. This means you can apply for certification in the state without having to repeat the class and requirements.
Each state requires a specific number of classroom hours for basic EMT training. After this is completed, the student must complete an internship with an EMS system and hospital. The student must treat and write run forms for a specific number of patients under the supervision of certified EMT’s or paramedics. The student is expected to perform the skills he or she learned in class with confidence and accuracy.
Private companies and community colleges offer EMT training. The student can call to find out class times, dates, availability and book requirements. A wise decision on the student’s part would be to speak to paramedics and EMT’s to ask what school has the best instructors and programs. This can give a student an edge when competing for employment.
If classes are not available in the student’s area, online training may be the answer. Before signing up for a course, find out if your state accepts online training in lieu of classroom training. Ask the course director if the course includes provisions for your internship. If the course does not, it may prove difficult to find one for yourself. Taking an online course should not be viewed as out of the question. If you take one of these courses and pass successfully, even if your state does not accept it, you will have an advantage when you are able to find a certified course to attend. You will be familiar with the material and gain more insight into the training than most of your peers.
Many people who become certified EMT’s also go on to paramedic training. As training and skills progress, higher pay and more opportunities are available. The EMT may decide to explore other medical fields as well such as nursing.
Not all EMS systems hire basic EMT’s. Many private ambulance companies, theme parks, hospitals and more have opportunities the EMT can explore. The student can gain experience in the field while continuing his or her education to achieve certification as a paramedic. [/gs_8a]