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An emergency medical technician provides immediate medical attention during life threatening situations. There are different levels of training available which are the EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate and Paramedic.
how to become an emergency medical technician
Certification is acquired after completing a training program and passing the National Registry of Medical Technicians exam which consists of a written portion, competency portion and practical portion. Each state has specific set requirements, but candidates must have a clean criminal record and have a high school diploma or equivalent.

If you are considering becoming an EMT, this website will hopefully provide you with information on what is involved in working as an EMT as well as where to find EMT training.

An emergency medical technician provides immediate medical attention during life threatening situations. Certification is acquired after completing a training program and passing the National Registry of Medical Technicians exam which consists of a written portion, competency portion and practical portion. Each state has specific set requirements, but candidates must have a clean criminal record and have a high school diploma or equivalent.

how to become qualified as an emtThere are different levels of training for EMTs which provide different levels of care for patients in emergency situations. These include the following:

  •  As a first responder you will support EMTs and paramedics in the field by providing basic first aid for soft tissue and bone injuries. You might even assist in childbirth. Special training is given to first responders so that they can safely move and transport patients. A certified “First Responder” is the person who arrives first at the scene of an accident or emergency situation.
  • EMT Basic is the foundation of training for all emergency medical technicians. As an EMT Basic, you are allowed to administer medication previously prescribed to a patient, perform non-invasive procedures, for instance, provide supplemental oxygen administration, positive pressure ventilation with an Ambu bag, control bleeding and splinting for individuals who are immobile because of spinal injury. Each state has specific protocols to follow.
  • EMT Intermediate 1985 is the next level of certification available with more advanced training. EMTs at this level are permitted to perform  basic invasive procedures such as starting an intravenous line, administer intravenous drips and insert specific types of airways. Each state has specific protocols to follow.
  • EMT Intermediate 1999 are permitted to administer medications for irregular heart rhythms deemed dangerous, perform follow-up cardiac monitoring, perform invasive procedures like decompression of potentially life-threatening pockets of air or fluids in the pleura, endotracheal intubation and nasogastric tuber insertion. Each state has specific protocols to follow.
  • Paramedics have the highest level of training and certifications. Paramedics can also receive certifications in specializations. As a paramedic, you are allowed to administer oral and intravenous medications. If  necessary, paramedics are permitted to intubate patients or perform surgical airway insertion and place catheters for venous access. Paramedics determine the settings for transport ventilators when mechanical ventilation is necessary. Once again, specific protocols and scope of responsibilities vary by state.