Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic at a Glance

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Best States for Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Tennessee 8,070 $31,780 $15
Maine 1,870 $31,220 $15
Delaware 1,180 $37,960 $18

Becoming a Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic

EMTs must complete formal basic or intermediate or advanced training, usually through a technical institute, community college, or emergency care training facility. A high school diploma and certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) are required for most formal EMT training programs. Paramedics must complete advanced EMT and additional medical skills training. Paramedic programs typically last two years and graduates may receive an associate's degree.

Formal training may include field work in a hospital or ambulance setting. EMTs and paramedics usually take an additional course in ambulance driving. Some typical classes you may take in an EMT training program include:

  • Trauma Assessment
  • Basic Prehospital Care Principles
  • Prehospital Care Pharmacology
  • Basic and Advanced Life Support

All states require EMTs and paramedics to be licensed. Specific requirements for licensure will vary by state, but in most states, certification by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) will qualify a graduate of an EMT or paramedic training program for licensure. A small number of NREMT-approved, online EMT certification programs do exist, but these programs require completion of field work at an emergency care training facility.