A few questions about becoming an EMT I was recently asked

I was recently asked a few questions about becoming an EMT. I’m going to try to answer a few questions as best as I can. If anyone has any further insight feel free to let me know in a comment down below or message me. It can always be helpful.

How intense can EMT education be?
It all depends on the instructors and how much you know about anatomy. I have seen many people jump into an EMT class without much knowledge about human anatomy and physiology and have to learn both things in tandem. You also have to take into account how long the class is. I’ve seen some crash courses that require a lot of dedication in order to finish everything required in such a short time. For the most part I have seen this of some fire systems that require EMT cert for their first responders. That can be pretty rough. It is intense for most people without any healthcare experience because it is a different way of thinking. It’s no longer, call for help this is a horrible situation, you are the help. Anything that can happen to someone in a medical or traumatic way you have to be ready to at least help in. So I would say to question 2:

What, if any, other schooling should I look into before or after?
Anatomy and physiology. Those can be extremely helpful. Any classes dealing with health and the human body would be helpful. Knowing what some of the physiological responses our body has and what methods it uses will become very handy when your learning to treat someone. Yes they will go over most of it in class but if you already have a solid base it will make it that much more fluid a transition.

Another thing I would have done before going into Ems would have been to go out and buy a recent EMT or paramedic textbook. Recent doesn’t have to be the newest and biggest EMT textbook. Just something that isn’t 30 years old. Read it and study up on what you don’t know. It’s ok if you don’t know everything or understand it, a lot of things as I’ve said before are very weird to grasp initially. Protocol, acronyms we use, different steps we have to remember even in the worst of situations. If you keep it up it will start to make sense and then when the class comes around you will definitely have an edge to understanding.

There seems to be a lot of variances in tuition costs and program length, is there specific regulations/accreditations I should look for?
Yes there is a huge variance in the types of education programs available for becoming an EMT or paramedic. I would say definitely research where you are thinking of going. Ask around for what others have thought of the program and problems that may have come up. The main thing you want to make sure of is that the program will give you the ability to test for the NREMT. (That’s for here in America) As long as that is allowed you will be able to become a nationally certified provider and then get state certified where necessary most likely through reciprocity.

I hope some of this helped you. If you need anything else or have further questions feel free to let us know.

    • David
    • August 12th, 2015

    Medical Terminology is very helpful.

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