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.

If you are leaning towards starting a career in emergency medical care this website is a great place to find information about training, jobs, salary and licensing information. Hopefully this will help you make the best decision regarding your career.

Entering into a career as an emergency medical services provider is a major life decision and anyone considering this path should be aware of what this career entails. Those working as EMTs are on the front lines of health care and are called upon to provide the first response to emergency or disaster scenarios. These scenes can be violent, traumatic, dangerous and highly stressful for any human being to handle. The EMT must be able to remain calm, make rational decisons and work quickly and efficiently to perform their job duties.

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
2. cardio-respiratory
3. airway management
4. trauma emergencies
5. medical emergencies

See Current EMT Job Listings

View recently posted EMT jobs below…

Emergency Med Tech (emt)
From Aspirus in Wausau, WI
diagnostics. The EMT works within the Professional… and current Michigan EMT licensure. · Current CPR certification. · Current EMT National Registry licensure…
 
Part Time Emt-basic Denver Operations
From American Medical Response in Denver, CO
POSITION SUMMARY: Responds to emergency and non-emergency calls and delivers high quality patient care and customer service within the prescribed scope of…
 
Emt-basic Denver Operations
From American Medical Response in Denver, CO
POSITION SUMMARY: Responds to emergency and non-emergency calls and delivers high quality patient care and customer service within the prescribed scope of…
 
Licensed Practical Nurse (lpn)/medical Technician (emt)
From Octapharma Plasma, Inc. in Charlotte, NC
LPN/EMT role include: · Licensed as an RN Registered Nurse, LPN Licensed Practical Nurse or Certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-Paramedic or EMT…
 
Emt
From Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby, MN
Therapy department. The EMT Basic must deal with both… from a recognized EMT-Basic training program. License/Certificates: Current EMT-B certification from the…
 

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