EMT Paramedic Training – Application Check List

EMT, EMS, and EMT Paramedic certification necessitates individuals to obtain an education over and above a high school diploma. Typically, and specifically in order progress to the highest level of an EMT, a college degree at or beyond an Associate Degree is essential. Though each state and country will vary within the pre-requisites essential for applying to an EMS program or paramedic school, the majority of EMT courses adhere to the same basic requirements. EMT training program requisites for admittance may also vary, so it helps to do some research before you apply to any EM paramedic program. Here is a short check list of information that you should adhere to prior to enrolling in any EMT training program or paramedic school.

Requirements that must be met before entrance into an EMT training program:

• Each applicant must be a minimum of 18 years old to apply

• High school diploma or the equivalent

• Proof of up-to-date immunization records including Tuberculosis, Rubella, Measles, Mumps and

Varicella are needed. TB shots cannot be older than six months from the start of class

• Hepatitis C vaccination series need to be completed, or a form stating you don’t wish to take part in the

vaccination is required before the start of EMS courses

• Satisfactory completion of a college level English and Math course

• Proof of a “passing” physical exam- no older than one year

• A clean background check and proof of medical insurance

EMT training programs can be taken:

• At Colleges

• At Universities

• At Technical schools

• In Hospitals

• At Fire Fighter training centers

Prior to enrolling in an EMT training program or paramedic school:

• Check the qualifications and reputation of the EMT paramedic program.

• Explore the cost, but do not let it be a ruling factor. If necessary, look into the availability of financial aid.

• Choose a program that guides you through the NREMT exam and certification. This certification test is called a

National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and is a requirement for paramedic licensing.

• Become familiar with the expectations, courses and schedules of the EMT training.

Once you begin your EMT paramedic training stay consistent and committed to the EMT school courses. If you struggle with routines or schedules, make one. Set a place and time each week for study and then be committed to it. Find a peer (or peers) to study with, accountability to another reaps rewards and helps you to stay focused, on a schedule, and dedicated to your EMT training and coursework. This is especially helpful if you are juggling a job and/or family responsibilities. If they suffer, so do you. So make a schedule, commit to a routine, and stick with it. Then you can have your free time for other responsibilities without the stress of wondering when you can find time to devote to study.

The rewarding profession of an EMT or EMT paramedic involves intense training. Follow these guidelines to make an informed decision before embarking on any EMT training program or paramedic school.