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Medical First Responder

To become a medical first responder, you must successfully complete a state-approved emergency medical first responder course. The course may take between 40 and 60 hours to complete and must at least meet the National Emergency Medical Services education standards for a medical first responder.

A timed computer exam must be taken once you have completed your course to test your knowledge. The exam will cover a variety of emergency medical service topics.

A hands-on exam will follow the computer exam - providing you an opportunity to demonstrate the skills you learned through your first responder course. The format and qualifications for this exam may vary by state.

Basic Emergency Medical Technician

To become a certified emergency medical technician, you must successfully complete a state-approved basic EMT course. The course, which is typically about 150 hours in length, will prepare you for the basic EMT state-mandated exams. The course that you choose must also meet or exceed the National Emergency Medical Services education standards for a basic EMT.

A timed computer test must be taken once you complete the appropriate basic emergency medical technician course. The exam will cover a variety of emergency medical service items, including, but not limited to, human anatomy and biology, medical terminology, trauma, patient transport, cardiac care, ambulance operations, airway, obstetrics and gynecology.

A hands-on exam will follow the computer exam - providing you an opportunity to demonstrate the skills you learned through your basic EMT training. The format and qualifications for this exam will vary by state.

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician

To become an advanced certified emergency medical technician, you are required to successfully complete a state-approved advanced EMT course. This course provides students with the skills needed to successfully perform as an advanced emergency medical technician – ultimately saving lives.

A certified course for an advanced EMT will take approximately 250 hours to complete. Students will be trained to assess the scene of an emergency in order to provide pre-hospital care and transportation of a patient. Students will study how to complete a comprehensive assessment of a scene, while managing pre-hospital hemorrhage and shock.

A timed computer test is required after completion of your advanced EMT course. This exam will cover most if not all emergency medical service skills, including but not limited to, human anatomy and biology, medical terminology, trauma, patient transport, cardiac care, hazardous material management, ambulance operations, airway, respiration, ventilation, cardiology, resuscitation, medical, obstetrics and gynecology.

A hands-on exam will follow the computer exam - providing you an opportunity to demonstrate the skills you learned through your advanced emergency medical technician training. The format and qualifications for this exam may vary by state.

Paramedic

A paramedic holds the highest certification in the emergency medical services field. To become a paramedic you must complete a state-approved emergency medical training course, plus a paramedic course. Combined, both courses may take between 1,200 to 1,800 hours to complete. In some cases, the paramedic course alone may take between 18 and 24 months.

Paramedics have to be ready to make life or death decisions under immense pressure. The appropriate training provides the highest skill level in advanced life-saving techniques. As a paramedic, you are often the leader within a rescue team and must build leadership skills while performing in extremely stressful situations.

In order to earn your paramedic certification and step into this field within your community, you must pass a timed computer test. This exam will cover all emergency medical service skills, including human anatomy and biology, medical terminology, trauma, patient transport, cardiac care, hazardous material management, ambulance operations, airway, respiration, ventilation, cardiology, resuscitation, medical, obstetrics, gynecology, pharmacology, and transportation.

A hands-on exam will follow the computer exam - providing you an opportunity to demonstrate your skills. The format and qualifications for this exam may vary by state.

Firefighter

A high school diploma or equivalent is required to pursue a career as a firefighter. Most states require firefighters to earn a basic emergency medical technician certification at a minimum. Recruiters often look to hire certified paramedics, but receiving a paramedic license will not always increase your career opportunities.

A written and physical test is required to become a firefighter. You will undergo a series of interviews prior to being hired. An extensive physical test includes building construction and fire behavior.

You can also gain experience in the field or a related field by volunteering within your community. This is a great way to get noticed by those who serve your community. Many fire departments look for candidates who have a passion and desire to help others.

According to the United States Department of Labor Statistics, there are currently more than 300,000 firefighters working in the United States. That statistic is expected to grow 7% on average by 2022.*


*Statistics from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics

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