Aspiring EMTs should look to their local community college for training. Programs are offered at different levels, including EMT basic, intermediate, advanced and paramedic and typically award a certificate of completion. In order to apply, students must possess their high school diploma or equivalency to enroll in community college; individuals seeking EMT training beyond the initial level typically need to have completed a basic-level program.
Within these programs, one learns ethics, procedures, anatomy, patient assessment, trauma, and allergies to name a few. In addition, students have to complete some observation hours in a clinical setting or skills lab since they are learning about caring for victims of physical trauma in an emergency setting. Several of the courses prepare students for their state licensing exam upon completion of the program.
For students who want to enroll in a fully online training program, a possible alternative is an associate's degree in healthcare administration. This program prepares students for office jobs within medical institutions and it includes healthcare-related studies without on-site requirements.
Many EMT programs will require the students to take and complete an internship, which gives the student practical experience to apply the knowledge that they have gained inside the classroom to on site emergencies. If the program does not require an internship, it is still practical for a student to find an internship opportunity through their institution as this lets the student gain hands-on experience in their field.
Hybrid Course Details
In a hybrid course, students complete skills labs on campus. However, they may complete some class requirements online, which could include viewing video lectures, participating in virtual class discussions, completing quizzes and submitting assignments online. In addition, supplementary instructional materials may be available for download. In an online learning environment, instructors often provide students with a schedule of assignment deadlines. Online participation is completed through an Study.com, such as Blackboard.
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Obtaining Certification and Licensure
Many programs will say that they offer certification for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician, NREMT. However, a certification is a voluntary process, and one does not have the right to practice under a certification alone; they must also need their licensure.
Upon graduation from an EMT program a student receives certification from the NREMT which demonstrates that an individual has completed the necessary coursework; he or she can then sit for the licensing examination, which is given by individual states. There are several levels for the certification process as offered by the NREMT, so one must choose the level that they studied while in college. Choices include Basic, two Intermediate levels and Paramedic status. A candidate must be 18 years of age, have complete a state-approved EMT curriculum, and have current CPR credentials as well as proof of completion of an EMT psychomotor exam.
After individuals have obtained their certification from the NREMT, they can then apply to receive their license from their state or the state in which they wish to work. Tests are not standardized nationwide, so the test might vary from state to state. The standard process is to apply to the Department of Public Health, bringing a photo identification card to the test. Exams are most commonly multiple choice with questions covering the broad range of knowledge learned within the training.
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By completing a hybrid Emergency Medical Training program, aspiring EMTs can gain certification and the necessary education to successfully complete their state's licensure exam.