avatar February 11, 2012, 4:33 pm

EMT Requirements

by: Mike    Category: Become an EMT
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EMTs are certainly a great type of job and the outlook seems very promising.  Since there are 4 official levels, you can start working right after your first class. While becoming an EMT can be relatively fast, there are still important requirements that you cannot overlook. We will go through each requirements below:


School requirements:

  • High School Diploma
  • Clean criminal record
  • EMT-Basic Certification to become an EMT-Basic
  • EMT-Intermediate 1985 or 1999 to become an EMT-Intermediate
  • EMT-Paramedic certification to become a Paramedic (the highest level of EMT)


Physical requirements:

  • Be over 18 of age
  • Keen senses (eyesight and color vision) – they accept contact lenses
  • Physical fitness (you must be able to lift another human being)
  • Manual Dexterity
  • Agility


Health requirements:

Health Certification, including proof of the following:

  • Negative Tuberculosis test (PPD or chest x-ray) within the past 6 months
  • MMR vaccination or positive lab titer within the past 8 years
  • Hepatitis B vaccination or series initiation or positive lab titer
  • Varicella immunization or positive lab titer
  • Tetanus immunization within the past 8 years


Psychological requirements:

  • Ability to act under pressure
  • Full control of your emotions
  • Not fear blood


Other Requirements:

  • Be able to work during long hours (you can’t leave an unsolved emergency situation after your shift)
  • Be able to work irregular hours (emergencies are open 24/7)
  • Be able to work more than 40 hours/week (due to high demand )


For additional EMT certification information according to your State, please look at certification per State.


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