Potential EMT candidates applying for an EMTcertification must meet certain requirements. EMT candidates must be 18 years or older. EMT candidates must also have completed a state-approved EMT course. The state EMT course must meet or exceed the US Department of Transportation National Standard Curriculum for EMT. This EMT state course must have been successfully completed within the previous two years. Additionally, EMT candidates must hold a current CPR credential and have successfully completed a state-approved EMT psychomotor exam.
Candidates for the EMT certification must pass the NREMT EMT cognitive exam. The EMT test is given via a computer and is a Computer Adaptive Test (i.e., the test is adapted based on the student’s aptitude). The number of questions on the exam will range from 70 to 120 based on the student’s aptitude. You will be given a maximum of two hours to complete the EMT exam.
The EMT exam will cover all portions of the curriculum, including: EMS Operations, Cardiology, Trauma, Medical, Obstetrics, Pediatrics and Airway and Breathing. The EMT test is heavily focused on fundamentals and operations.
EMTs have different duties and responsibilities based on their training and certification. An EMT's salary is often different based on their experience, training, and location. Typically, most EMTs are certified to one of five levels that are administered by NREMT, the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. The four NREMT certifications are: Emergency Medical Responder, EMT, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic. An effective way to pass your NREMT certification exam is to use free EMT practice tests.