How to become an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)

Are you looking for a job in the medical field that is thrilling, on the go, deals with saving lives and also pays you well? Look no further and start training to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)! Keep reading to know more about this fabulous field.

Basic ground level coaching: Training and education.

(All the emergency medical technicians and paramedics are needed to finish a very formal training program and the requirements can differ from one state to another)

The requirements for these training programs are simple. Most of the schools will need a high school diploma or an equivalent and also a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification. It if preferred for high school students to take up courses in physiology or anatomy. Training is offered in various kinds of places like technical institutes, facilities that have a specialty in emergency care training and even community colleges.

There are two levels in the training:

Basic level of EMT: in this part of training, includes dealing with trauma, instruction of assessing a patients’ condition, cardiac arrests and emergencies, clearing airway passages in case of obstruction, usage of field equipment, handling and controlling stress and handling the emergencies. This course also includes about 100 hours of specialized training required in a hospital or an ambulance.

Intermediate level of EMT (also called as the EMT-intermediate 1985 or the advanced EMT level or the EMT-intermediate 1999 level): at this level, the candidates are required to complete a far more advanced training that is required at the EMT level as well as the use of complex airway devices, some medications and other intravenous fluids. This level requires at least 1,000 hours of training.

About paramedics:

Compared to the EMTs, paramedics have the advantage over the level of training. They are way more advanced than EMTs. They are required to complete both the levels in the training and also train for medical skills. This training is offered by community colleges or medical schools and can take you up to 2 years to complete not to forget the 1,300 hours of training that is included. Because of their higher level of training, they may be assigned to stitching wounds and attending to level IV medications.

Certification and license, is it necessary?

Yes, when you want to get hired faster and be paid better, it is a necessity. The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) is responsible for the certification of EMTs and paramedics. All of the levels of this require passing a written as well as a practical examination. It also needs completing a certified training or an education program. Being licensed is a requirement by all the states though the requirements can vary according to the state. In most of the states, the candidate who has an NREMT certificate qualifies for licensure while in other states, passing a state level exam is required. In some states, an individual with any record of criminal history can be refused licensure.

What will my compensation be as a successful EMT? 

The average annual salary as calculated by the surveys conducted in May 2009 for EMTs and paramedics were around $30,360. This is the average calculated which suggest that half have earned more and the other half, earned less. The least calculated compensation was around $19,000 and the highest was an astonishing $51,000.

The work schedules of paramedics and EMT might be varied and not fixed. Since they work in emergencies, a call might come at any time of the day or night. Most of the EMTs and paramedics work full time and a few work more than full time as well. Everything depends upon the need of your presence and skill.

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