EMTs or Emergency Medical Technicians are well-known paramedical providers around the world. Paramedical personnel is people who give assistance to medical professionals or give emergency treatment outside the hospital setting. People around the world depend on them to save lives when people get in dangerous situations.

Having to deal with life and death in a daily a daily scenario, EMTs require extensive training and qualifications. It is no wonder that it can take several years before one can start as an emergency medical provider.

Responsibilities Of An EMT

Before taking any step towards EMT certification, one needs to be aware of the duties and responsibilities that an EMT has. Otherwise, you might get surprised with how challenging and stressful the job can be.

Here are some of the primary responsibilities of an emergency medical technician: (1)

  • Answer to 911 calls for emergencies that need medical assistance.
  • Assess the patient and environment for any imminent dangers.
  • Provide first aid or other medical assistance to victims such as CPR or bandaging.
  • Transport the patient with their vehicle, usually an ambulance.
  • Communicate to the physicians, nurses, or other healthcare facility staff any relevant information about the patient.
  • Document the events before, during, and immediately after giving the emergency care.
  • Manage any supplies or equipment that the department owns.

Step In Becoming An EMT

Step 1: Take An EMT Basic Training

Many training facilities across the country offer the EMT-B or Basic Emergency Medical Training. It is a program that will teach EMT hopefuls the basic principles of patient care and other duties of emergency personnel.

The training can last up to two years depending on the training facility you enroll in. However, there some institutions that offer short courses that may only take you six months to finish. Lastly, we recommend that you enter PR certification classes before taking EMT-B training.

Step 2: Pass Any Necessary Examinations

Various localities may require you to take different types of certification exams. Most of them, however, need EMT personnel to pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam.

This exam is divided into four levels depending on the scope and difficulty of the exams. (2)

These level are Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), basic, intermediate, and paramedic. This exam aims to test the metal and physical preparations of applicants to determine whether they are fit to serve EMT departments.

Step 3: Advance Your Skills With More Training

Getting more training and certifications can be beneficial if you wish to get a higher position than as an EMT. There are advanced EMT courses that can give you more in-depth knowledge in the medical assistance field.

These courses may also include other relevant subject matters such as administrative and managerial procedures. If you have enough time, you may also enroll in a college to get a diploma.


What EMTs and Paramedics Do. (2017, October 24). Retrieved November 10, 2017, from US Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/emts-and-paramedics.htm#tab-2