Training is needed to become an EMT. EMT-Basic training is 80 to 120 hours of classroom work plus 10 hours of internship in a hospital emergency room. Training is available throughout the USA, and is offered by police, fire, and health departments; in hospitals, and both private institutions and colleges or universities as non-degree programs although some will grant college credits for the course.

The 80 to 120 hour program provides instruction and hands on training for bleeding, fractures, airway obstruction, cardiac arrest, and emergency childbirth. Students learn to use and maintain common emergency equipment, such as backboards, suction devices, splints, oxygen delivery systems, and stretchers. EMT-Defibrillator training varies throughout the county, but includes recognition of ventricular-fibrillation and ventricullar-tachycardia, and how to use the semi-automated defibrillator. Prerequisites for taking the EMT-D are current EMT-Basic certification , current CPR certification, and required classroom work. Refresher courses and continuing education are available for EMTs at all levels.

Graduates of approved EMT-Basic training programs who pass a written and practical examination administered by the State certifying agency or the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians earn the title of Registered EMT-Basic.

To maintain our certifications, all EMTs must reregister, usually every 2 -3 years. In order to reregister, an individual must be working as an EMT and meet a continuing education requirement.

EMTs should have good dexterity, a strong disposition, physical coordination and be able to lift and carry heavy loads.EMTs need good eyesight (corrective lenses may be used) with accurate color vision.
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