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Ambulance Technician Training Programs

An ambulance technician, usually called an emergency medical technician, administers basic medical care to patients in emergency settings. Get information on the training that's required, including the length of the training programs, what you'll study and how to become licensed.

How Much Training Do I Need to Become an Ambulance Technician?

To become an ambulance technician, also known as an emergency medical technician (EMT), you will need to complete an introductory level of training to begin working in the field. This training will enable you to provide basic, yet important, care to patients and will also teach you ambulance operation and care.

Job RequirementsIntroductory level training, high school diploma or GED, pass a background check
Common TopicsHow to use equipment, administer CPR, general cardiac care, trauma preparation, and how to handle patients who may be in shock
Advancement OpportunitiesBy taking intermediate and advanced level training programs, ambulance technicians can become a paramedic
General Licensure RequirementsComplete a state-approved EMT program and pass a state examination
Median Salary (2018) $34,320 (for all EMTs and Paramedics)  
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 15% growth (for all EMTs and Paramedics

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 

Training programs for ambulance technicians typically last 1-2 years, depending on how many credits you are able to take at a time. You will also need a high school diploma or GED in order to enroll and you must also successfully pass a background check. The amount of applicants a program accepts may be limited.

What Will Training Involve?

Training programs include learning how to administer basic medical care to patients in emergency settings. For example, you will learn CPR, general cardiac care, trauma preparation and how to handle patients who may be in shock. Some training programs may also place you in an internship program where you will observe practicing ambulance technicians on the job.

You will also be instructed on the proper way to use stretchers, oxygen tanks and other equipment. Some programs may train you on ambulance driving and maintenance as well. Many basic EMT programs will also prepare you for further training if you wish to advance to an intermediate level program or become a paramedic.

How Do I Become Licensed or Certified?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, all states require ambulance technicians to become licensed, while certification is only a requirement in most states (www.bls.gov). Requirements for the licensure or certification vary, so you will need to check what type of training is necessary in your state for practicing emergency medical professionals.

General requirements include completing a state-approved EMT program or course, as well as an examination. You will be required as an ambulance technician to renew your state licensure and any additional certification you obtain every few years.