EMS certification Guide

EMS Certification Guide

Welcome to our EMS Certification Guide. Down below you’ll find links to our articles outlining the frequently asked questions we receive about EMS programs.

What Is The EMS System?

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) System is a network of highly skilled pre-hospital care providers. These providers deliver care, stabilization, and transportation to someone experiencing a Medical Emergency.  Explore options as an EMR, EMT, AEMT or a Paramedic.

EMR versus EMT

EMR (formerly known as Medical Response Technician (MRT) or First Responder certification) was established to provide basic first aid treatment for emergencies and injuries by the first arriving responders, typically firefighters and police officers. Explore the differences between an EMR and an EMT.

Choosing the Right EMT Course Schedule For You

There are a variety of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) courses out there.  All of them are based on the same curriculum and designed to prepare you to become an EMT.  Explore a few differences that may guide you in your choice.

How To Take An EMT Class During The Pandemic

EMT and EMR classes are hard and can be harder even during a Pandemic, find out why.  Review various topics like cost, time, national registry requirements and class information. 

Is CT an NREMT state? Can I take my CT license to another state? Vice Versa?

Looking to travel and wondering if your certification will work in another state, this may help you decide.  All new EMT’s and EMR’s in CT are required to take the NREMT examination which includes a psychomotor exam and a cognitive exam.  When completed, this will give you both the NREMT certification as well as the State of Connecticut certification.  But will it travel with you if you leave the state, find out here.

In Connecticut, what do I need to become an EMR or EMT?

 Connecticut follows the National Registration of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) program for both Emergency Medical Responders (EMR) and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT).  If you wish to apply for certification in another state review this article for additional information.

I Just Completed My Code One EMT Class, What’s Next?

 Until you are licensed by the state Office of EMS (OEMS), you can’t actually treat patients as an EMT.  That doesn’t mean you can’t do anything.  Review the article to see what you can after completing the EMT course.

Why is my EMR or EMT paperwork taking so long to process? How long does it typically take?

You completed your EMT or EMR class and it’s taking a while to get certified, find out why and what’s needed to complete your certification process.

Connecticut OEMS Discontinues EMT for Healthcare Provider Pathway

If you are a registered nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistant or a physician the State of Connecticut no longer has an easier pathway to gain their EMT.  Review this article to determine what’s needed to gain your certification.

How to Pay for EMT Training

 In this article we will discuss scholarship and financial aide opportunities that exist when it comes to affording EMT training.

What is the cost of an EMT course?

Many careers in healthcare, particularly those requiring certification, take a year or longer to complete training and can easily cost in excess of $5,000. On the contrary, EMT training usually costs between $1,000 to $1,750.  Here are some additional details you want to take into consideration.

EMT Training During COVID-19 Recovery

As states begin the tedious process of safely restarting their economies this month, schools, colleges, and universities are determining the best plan to reopen for students. EMT training is among the more challenging programs to deliver using distance learning.  Here’s what to expect.

NREMT and Pearson VUE Release COVID-19 EMT Exam Tool

 With required social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak affecting most business operations, the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) and Pearson VUE – the cognitive exam vendor that delivers EMR, EMT, Advanced EMT, and Paramedic – have developed a tool to allow candidates to search for upcoming testing appointment availability at all locations nationwide.  Check out this great resource to help you be successful as a future EMT.

Changes to Connecticut EMT Practical Exams

After your EMT / EMR course has been completed, you must take a practical examination.  Learn what’s changed since COVID and what’s expected for your psychomotor skills.

EMT Program Frequently Asked Questions (EMT FAQ):

Ever wonder how old you have to be to become an EMT or what your prerequisites are?  This is a guide of our most frequently asked questions.  Disclaimer: The following information is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of writing.


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