Emergency Medical Technician Training
For one to become a paramedic, he or she must be at least 18 years of age. Academic requirements also include at least a GED or a high school diploma. Candidates must also be able to pass a criminal background check and several screening for certain diseases such as hepatitis B and tuberculosis.
Basic Training for EMT Technicians
EMT-Basic training is a necessity for paramedic certification. Individuals can obtain the certification from colleges, universities and community colleges. There are even hospitals that provide the course.
The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has produced the EMT Basic Training Course, which covers airway management, trauma and patient assessment and cardiac emergencies. Those that take this course will learn how to assess, aid and assist choking victims, victims of trauma by administering first aid.
Intermediate Training for EMT Technicians
Intermediate training for EMT technicians covers skills developed in the basic training course. Each state has different requirements for EMT cadets.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are two nationally recognized intermediate levels, EMT-INTERMEDIATE 1985 and EMT-INTERMEDIATE 1999. Training can range between 30 to 350 hours for students to complete. Once certified, an EMT-Intermediate can analyze heart rhythm, administer intravenous fluids and proper medications.
Paramedic Training for EMT Technicians
Technicians training in the EMT-PARAMEDIC training program will acquire advanced medical skills, knowledge of the human anatomy and physiology. The training course usually takes two years to complete. Competent students, however, may complete training in one year.
In this course, students will actively participate in ambulance exercises and clinical rotations. Students who complete the requirements of the course will advance and become that much closer to becoming a paramedic.
At this point, such students have furthered the abilities they’ve learned from previous training courses on top of knowledge and practice in using a wide range of sophisticated equipment and apparatuses. They will also be performing endotracheal intubations and will be reading EKGs.
Full completion of the entire National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) certification exam will warrant students a paramedic certificate. Students must take the exam within two years of completing the course and pay the non-refundable examination fee.
The test covers every objective of the required course such as airway, breathing and cardiology; trauma, obstetrics and pediatrics; and EMS operations.
Passing this test grants technicians a basic certificate and places them in a position to treat accident victims suffering from trauma, while being transported from the scene of accident.
Students who fail may take the test up to six times. Unfortunately, if they do not pass the test on the sixth try, they must take the EMT-Basic course over again, which can be done by remitting the non-refundable fee.
Around the country, some states offer their own certification exams for paramedics and require paramedic licenses to be renewed every 2 to 3 years. Technicians must meet all EMT requirements before receiving a license.