Emergency Medical Technicians: Do You Qualify?

If you are looking for a fast paced medical job that requires hands on practice of your medical and first aid skills, you may want to consider becoming an EMT which is an Emergency Medical Technician. These people have many different fields they are able to assist in, and there are different levels of skills and certification available. The qualifications vary for each level of EMT, and from state to state.

The first qualification is that all applicants must be at least 18 years old, and possess a valid driver’s license for the state they are applying in. It is not mandatory, but it would benefit those in high school to attend driver education, science courses and health courses. These will aid them in the future in regards to completing courses for EMT classifications. Being stable emotionally and mentally is of course required, as well as excellent dexterity with good physical abilities. You need to have the ability to handle heavy loads, both lifting and carrying, as well as excellent eyesight. Corrective lenses are accepted, but they may not impede your performance.

The three levels of EMTs are EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, and EMT-Paramedic. These levels require different skills with each that progress in detail and difficulty with each level completed. The entry level positions are mainly geared toward emergency workers that are also referred to as First Responders, these are the police, fire fighters, and others that are more apt to respond first to the crisis. This level includes basic medical first aid, and often leads to the person completing higher courses. These levels of EMT training are available in all 50 states in the United States, as well as the District of Columbia. EMT-Basic requires approximately 110 to 120 actual classroom hours and 10 hours of internship work in an emergency room in a proper medical facility. A list of the instruction provided can be obtained from your local state website, but most of them are general as far as listing airway obstruction, cardiac arrest, bleeding, and many more skills. The applicants that successfully pass both the written test and the skills examination that is given by the NREMT (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians) will receive their certification as a Registered EMT-Basic.

Although it varies from state to state, the next level of EMT is the EMT-Intermediate. For successful completion, this level requires additional education of 35 – 55 hours past the EMT-Basic time frame. Covered in this classroom time are details concerning rapid victim assessment. Administering intravenous fluids, and using more complex airway devices. To qualify for this level of EMT training, the applicant must first be registered as an EMT-Basic through certification by successfully completing all the requirements for the basic level. Those applicants that successfully complete and receive their certification for both the EMT-Basic and the EMT-Intermediate are eligible for enrollment and completion of the final level of EMT-Paramedic. The requirements of this level are an additional 750 – 2,000 hours of training and skills education. This level is the most strenuous, as well as being taxing, mentally and physically. Once the applicant has successfully completed this final level and has received his or her certification, they are registered with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). Most states require EMTs to keep their registration current, which requires them to re-register, most usually, every two years. This requires them to currently be working as an EMT at some level, as well as meeting their state’s set requirements in regards to continuing education. Courses and continuing education are offered in all 50 states at all of the levels of EMTs. If this is a job you are interested in, research your state’s requirements for your chosen level. Successfully completing one or especially all of these levels of EMT training will benefit you when it comes to a job search for jobs paying higher wages.


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