The emergency medical systems industry is growing rapidly. There will always be a need for emergency medical technicians, even in unstable economic times. If you are interested in pursuing a rewarding and exciting medical career, you will need to go through rigorous EMT training, as well as testing. Once you complete training, pass the appropriate examinations, and obtain proper licensing, you will be able to administer emergency care at the scene of automobile accidents or other situations dispatched via 911.
- The first prerequisite to enter into an EMT certification program is that you must be at least 18 years of age.
- Next, you must have a high school diploma. If you do not have a high school diploma, you must pass the GED test. You can prep for the GED online.
- Then you will need to enroll in an accredited EMT program, usually consisting of a 6-month to 2-year time commitment. The time commitment will vary by level of certification, as there are 3 levels of EMT: EMT, Advanced EMT and Paramedic.
- For each of these levels, you must complete the required training as required by the state in which you wish to receive professional certification.
EMT training at the Basic level will cover skills, such as: trauma, cardiac, and respiratory emergencies and provide you with hands-on experience in emergency medicine. Higher levels of EMT (Intermediate and Paramedic) require more extensive training and additional examinations.
For example, an Advanced EMT is able to administer intravenous fluids, whereas an EMT may not; and a Paramedic is able to use highly complex machinery and perform a wide variety of life-saving techniques, whereas neither an EMT nor an Advanced EMT would be allowed to do so. EMT training at all 3 levels requires extensive coursework, followed by a written and practical examination that is approved by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. If you have the discipline to put yourself through extensive medical training and examinations, as well as a passion for helping those in need, a career as an EMT might be for you.