EMT Classes & Level of Certifications

If you want to be part of the Emergency Medical Technicians, you must know that there are currently 5 levels of EMT. Each level corresponds to a different EMT certification and requires different EMT classes. Look at the following description to know which EMT courses are required.


First Responder

The first responders cannot really qualify as certified EMTs but play an important role in each community. They are required to pass a First Responder certification which is the equivalent to a 40-60 hours training program. They become familiar with CPR, Oxygen administration, AED, bandaging, splinting and emergency childbirth.

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We can find many unpaid volunteers acting as first responders in our community. You cherish the dream of becoming an EMT? You should look at the different EMT levels of certification below:




This is the first level of EMT certification. This is basically how you get your first job in the Emergency Medical Services. This EMT program is not invasive and covers about 110 hours in classroom education. At the end of the training, written and practical EMT tests are required to obtain your EMT license under National EMT Registry rules and guidance.

EMT-Basic are trained on bleeding control, EMT equipment usage, splinting (include full spinal immobilization for ambulance transport) oxygen administration, airway management. They are basically trained to assist any patients suffering from an accident, cardiac arrest or any other type of trauma.

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EMT-Intermediate 1985

There are 2 levels of EMT-Intermediate: 1985 and 1999 and both levels require an EMT-Basic certification completed. The EMT-Intermediate 1985 has more advanced skills compared to the EMT-Basic and is able to provide a better assessment of the patient’s condition. The EMT responsibilities and names may vary from State to State, although the question “What does an EMT do?” will be answered with similar descriptions. Check here for your State EMT certifications.

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EMT-Intermediate 1999

EMT-Intermediate 1999 represents the most advanced level of EMT-Intermediate training. In addition to EMT-Basic and EMT-Intermediate 1985, the 99’s are able to implement cardiac monitoring and provide more pharmaceutical interventions. This is the closest an EMT can get to be a medical assistant.

Both intermediate levels require NREMT examinations and give between 200 and 400 hours of EMT classes.

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Paramedics are the most knowledgeable and skillful EMTs. They are by far the elite of emergency medical technicians. Paramedics are known as the “best” prehospital medical providers.

Paramedic certification is usually done through a 1 to 2 years program at a community college or technical school. It results of having over 1,000 hours of training.

Paramedics can assist patients to a higher level of complexity and master complicated emergency procedures and cares. They are used in extreme situation and are highly valuable to the EMT team.

Flight Paramedic Jobs are also very interesting to look into.

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