When choosing the right EMT training you need to consider what career you would like also what sort of procedures you can do. Without the highest level EMT training (EMT – P) you are restricted on the procedures you can carry out.
There are various options when choosing the right EMT training for you. There are 4 types of EMT training:
• EMT B – Basic
• EMT 85 – Intermediate
• EMT 99 – Intermediate
• EMT P – Paramedic
EMT training depends on the rank you are training for. The higher the rank the longer your training will last, EMT Basic can be two weeks 8-12 hours a day for your qualification.
EMT Basic will restrict the procedures you are able to carry out. For example bleeding control can be done by EMT basic; however EMT Paramedics can carry out fluid resuscitation and pharmaceutical administration. So choosing the right EMT training is crucial depending on what career you choose.
Going through the EMT ranks the lists of procedures that can be carried out expand each EMT training rank. It can take up to two years for the person to complete the EMT paramedics training. So depending on the level of training the time varies greatly.
EMT 85 and 99 usually take around 200-400 hours training for you to complete the course. Once the EMT training has been completed you are able to carry out many more procedures depending on the EMT course you have taken. EMT 85 can carry out IV therapy and use multi-lumen airway devices. EMT 99 has had additional training time and is qualified for cardiac monitoring.
There are various places you can go to get EMT training such as colleges, university’s, technical schools and universities. Also every state has a EMS facility where you can get EMT training. There will also be time spent on the work scene to complete all the training modules which could be in an ambulance on duty.