Whether you have just graduated from high school, recently graduated from college, or are burned out from spending years in your current job or field, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training may just be the beginning or change you are looking for. According the the U.S. Bureau of Labor, EMTs have one of the most stable vocations, with a projected job growth of at least nine percent over the next decade. There has also been a large increases in 911 calls requiring a trained professional response.
Actually becoming an EMT may be easier than you think. It is probably one of the only professions you can enter into right after high school, without a college degree required. You can even take advanced placement courses in high school that may apply towards your EMT training and can even work as an EMT while completing your training courses. If you study with an accelerated program, your EMT training can be completed in as little as six months. Less accelerated programs may take up to two years to complete. Most EMT training programs also provide assistance with job placement, once a candidate has successfully passed an NREMT exam.
Once you pass the NREMT exam, your job choices are not limited to just being an EMT on an ambulance or a firefighter, you can be employed with police units, Hazmat teams, search and rescue teams, Medi-Mac responders, offshore oil platforms, nautical rescue, or even paramedics in the military.
If you think becoming an EMT is right for you, you will need to register for EMT training classes, which will combines classroom and in-the-field training in preparation for the certification exam. EMT training courses focus on acute trauma conditions and patient assessments, including bleeding, fractures, stroke, heart attack response, CPR, and airway management. In addition to the lecture portion (book work and written tests) and the laboratory portion (skills review and practical test) of EMT training, you will also have the opportunity to practice what you learn in the field through the use of interactive simulators.
EMT training classes are usually offered through local community colleges, vocational schools or community education classes.