I'll preface this here that no I am not an EMT. As often as I desire to be, my night blindness and uncorrected astigmatism disqualifies me according to some fellow Paramedics. Before I was aware of that fact that I was learning quite a bit on what normally it took to become an EMT and just what sort of EMT Training I'd have to go through. |
One of many career paths I considered along the way was taking what I had learned from Medical Assisting and upping my game to something which would offer more excitement than working together with doctors in a hospital or office setting.
A pal of mine suggest I ought to evaluate becoming a EMT or Emergency Medical Technician.
I was effective in retaining medical terminology, had a great foundation of human anatomy, and I wasn't in the least squeamish to blood, feces, urine, vomit, in addition to other bodily goo. Our bodies has a lot of goo... The military trained me how to stay cool under stress and how to take command of situation when there is a demand to do so I realized hey may sound like fun!
So like Charlie, I had received the golden ticket to my career (...or so I thought anyways) and immediately started my research.
Getting Certified As An EMT
Similar to medical careers because of OSHA, HIPAA, and other government agencies, a rain forest must die for virtually every new applicant. Every state in the United States have their own variety of guidelines, rules, regulations, and governing bodies.
You will find several standard prerequisites which are primarily similar around the states and they are:
CPR Certification Register for an EMT Training Course Take State Approved EMT Exam Submit An Application For Your License Locate A Job CPR Certification
Most people are familiar with Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation. If you've never witnessed it in person you might have at least seen it in the media or perhaps in a book if your over the age of 5. CPR is a manual version of a kick-starter for your body.
If you take apart the phrase we have two key terms: Cardio (Heart) and Pulmonary (lungs)
What CPR does is simulates the pumping of the heart and that is carried out by chest compression's along with the breathing of the lungs through mouth-to-mouth. Research has shown that this only offers at best a 30% success nevertheless remains an excellent life skill to have.
Being a EMT then chances are you will likely arrive on scenes with unconscious individuals who will require CPR. Knowing CPR is actually becoming such a mainstream basic life skill that many jobs which could be even remotely medical related are requiring individuals to become CPR Certified.
Register For An EMT Training Program
EMT Classifications & Designations
You will find 3 typical classifications of EMT's and they're generally:
EMT-B or EMT-Basic EMT-I or EMT-Intermediate EMT-P or EMT-Paramedic Some States might have some similar designations but done numerically. One example would be Alaska because their EMT classifications are:
Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT) EMT Level 1 EMT Level 2 EMT Level 3 I've also come across further classifications such as:
Advanced EMT or AEMT Advanced Mobile Paramedic or Mobile Paramedic Advance As I discussed earlier, each state have their list of guidelines and regulations and may require a specific amount of classroom hours in addition to practical (on-the-job) hours. Like any job which often can expose a worker to danger or risks, certain criteria and restrictions are set in place for the training courses.
Common EMT Enrollment Criteria, Qualifications, and Restrictions
You've got to be 18 years or older. Some states make exceptions as early as the age of 17 according to the qualifier that you will be 18 before finishing of the program. Possess an approved and current CPR card issued by the American Heart Association, Red Cross, or Medical Health Provider. Possess A High school Diploma or GED Equivalent. Be a citizen of the United States or have evidence of legal citizenship within the United States. Successfully pass a drug test and in some instances full panel screening. Successfully pass a criminal background and history check Be ready to devote some hard work and several hours as each level of EMT classification or designation will require additional training with more classroom and practical hours.
Test Time - EMT State Exam
Once you have completed your schooling your next step will likely be taking a state approved exam for Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Medical Technicians and only then will you be capable to register for an EMT Certification or Licensure.
An organization you'll get very aware of is the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians or NREMT. Many states are now switching over and using this organization for the basis of their testings and guidelines.
I would recommend if you are even remotely considering this career field determine whether your state requires NREMT and if so find out what all is involved.
Ready Yourself and Study!
Even if you're fresh out of school and you finished all of your current practical hours you should keep studying until you are going to take your state approved exam.
Most individuals recommend studying all the way until a few days before your test day then giving yourself some quiet time to unwind just before the big day.
I'm Ray Mada and this article was brought to you by EMT Authority a website dedicated to providing individuals interested in pursuing or furthering their careers as EMT's and Paramedics.
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