The Advanced Emergency Medical Technician test must be completed and passed to start the process of becoming an Advanced EMT.
When you become an Advanced EMT, you will be able to administer pre-hospital critical care in an ambulance, as well as on-scene treatment. The Advanced EMT test is 35-135 questions in length. You are given 2 hours and 15 minutes to answer all the questions. The cost is $100. Here are the topics to study, as well as each topic’s percentage of inclusion on the exam:
• Airway and Breathing, 18%
• Cardiology, 17.3%
• Trauma, 16.7%
• Medical, 15.3%
• Obstetrics and Pediatrics, 16%
• Operations, 16.7%.
As you can see, the Advanced EMT test breakdown is very similar to the EMT test breakdown. However, the Advanced EMT test questions are much more in depth and focus on specific life-saving techniques, whereas the EMT test focuses on the overall basics of emergency medicine. Additional topics include, but are not limited to: IV therapy, cardiac drug administration, and endotracheal intubation. The Advanced EMT test is computerized, consisting of multiple choice questions with 4 answer choices. You must complete this exam with 85% accuracy in order to pass.
Prior to taking this exam you will need to participate in coursework which may last a few months to a full year, depending on your schedule and the requirements of the state in which you are located. In addition to the course work and successful completion of the EMT-I test; you will be required to clock a specified number of EMT training hours with clinical time, usually in an operating room or hospital setting. You must be 18 years or older to take this exam and have already earned a high school diploma or passed a GED exam. You also must have successfully completed prior training as an EMT.