EMT-Basic Training Programs

Get information on the courses you'll need to become an emergency medical technician at the entry level. See what is required for certification, and learn about job growth predictions and salary expectations for this profession. Schools offering Fire & Emergency Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What is an EMT-Basic Training Program?

EMT, or emergency medical technician, training is provided through certificate courses at many community colleges and some universities. There are no online programs because large portions of the training programs rely on hands-on exercises regarding various treatments. Most programs will require a background and drug test before accepting you. EMT-Basic is one of five certification levels of the emergency response system. Basic certification allows you to be able to perform first aid, basic initial treatments and assist while transporting the injured.

Certification Level EMT-Basic
Common Courses Life support, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), bandage application, airway management, medication
Licensure Requirement Licensure is mandatory in all state
Median Salary (2014) $31,700* (for all EMTs and paramedics)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Courses Can I Expect?

Courses develop your understanding of human anatomy, various types of emergencies, medication, basic life support, airway management, patient behavior and shock. By the end of your program, you should know how to prepare splints, perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), track vital signs and apply bandages. Most courses will require you to participate in clinical work to apply theories and practiced techniques on living patients.

Do I Need Certification?

Most programs will include the necessary CPR certification exams. Every state you could work in will require licensure through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. To remain nationally certified, licensure will need to be renewed every two years (www.nremt.org).

What Can I Do With My Certification?

With an EMT-Basic certification, you'll qualify for first response, dispatcher, EMT and related firefighter positions. You'll also be able to continue your education pursuing a certificate as an EMT-Intermediate and EMT Paramedic. These advanced certificates provide education that permits additional emergency action techniques.

What is the Job Outlook?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), EMT openings are expected to increase 24% percent between 2014 and 2024 (www.bls.gov). This rise will most likely be due to an increase in the elder population. The BLS estimated the median salary of EMTs to be $31,700 in 2014.

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