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

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

If you have recently completed an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) program first, CONGRATULATIONS.  That is a huge accomplishment.  

What happens next, takes some time.  In Connecticut, the state follows the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) guidelines and requires that you complete a written (cognitive) portion as well as a hands-on (psychomotor) portion.  It does not matter which one you complete first however the State and NREMT need time to talk to each other about your progress.

Two Profiles

At the end of the EMT or EMR course, you should’ve completed two profiles and a registration for your psychomotor examination.  The first should be on the state’s licensing website www.Elicense.ct.gov. The second profile should’ve been completed on the NREMT website www.NREMT.org.  During that process you had to list your primary emergency medical services instructor (EMS-I). 

EMR / EMT Testing Site

The last item is your psychomotor examination which you have to register at a state approved testing site in which you should’ve listed your primary EMS-I.   If you did not list the same EMS-I on all three of those applications this can delay the reporting process.  Please be consistent in naming your EMS instructor.  You may have had multiple instructors during your course so if you are unsure which instructor should be listed, please contact your educational institution.  

If you need to retest any of your skills, continue to list the same EMS-I throughout.  If you miss 1 psychomotor skills station and you return back to any EMS-I, please have them list your lead instructor as well.  Also, if your instructor, does not submit the paperwork to the state, this will also create a processing delay.

If you did not complete an application on the elicense and the NREMT website, that is also going to hold up your paperwork as well.  

Once you have completed the cognitive and psychomotor components the state and NREMT will notify each other of the results.  This process can take anywhere from 4-8 weeks so please be patient.   If after that time has passed, please follow up with your instructor.  If they are unable to assist you, you may contact the Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS).

Useful Links:
NREMT
EMR Guide
EMT Guide
State of CT OEMS

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