Becoming an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
The pathway to becoming an EMT is fairly straightforward and simple. The individual must be at least 18 years of age and have either a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma (GED). The second step is to complete a state-approved education program and then take the national EMT certification exam.
Once the aspiring EMT passes the exam they can register with their state EMT board and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). This will allow them to gain employment as an EMT and begin practicing their skills.
Are Online EMT Classes Available?
Yes there are online EMT courses readily available to interested students. However, most EMT training includes some portion of hands-on skills training and in-person assessment. This part of the training will need to be completed in a standard classroom setting. The rest of the required credit hours can be done in a distance learning format from any accredited online university with an EMT training program that holds state approval. Students should verify with their state health board before making any enrollment decisions.
What Does EMT Training Include?
There are several emergency care skills that all EMTs and EMS professionals will be required to perform throughout the course of their work. Those who receive EMT-Basic level training have the fewest number of skills to master, whereas EMT-Intermediate level trainees are responsible for additional skills and Paramedics must learn even more. Some of the basic EMT skill categories include…
1. patient assessment
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