EMT Initial Training & Recert

So you want to be an EMT?

 To become an emergency medical technician, you need to be 18 years of age with the ability to read and write English in order to complete the state certification exam (practical & written required). You should also be able to:

  1. read road maps;
  2. drive a vehicle and accurately discern street signs and address numbers,
  3. read medication/prescription labels and directions for usage in quick, accurate, and expedient manner,
  4. communicate verbally with patients and significant others of all ages in diverse cultural settings,
  5. discern deviations/changes in eye/skin coloration due to patient's condition,
  6. document, in writing, all relevant information in prescribed format,
  7. converse with dispatcher, other EMS providers, and hospital via radio,
  8. perform all tasks related to emergency patient care and documentation using good manual dexterity,
  9. bend, stoop, balance, and crawl on uneven terrain; and withstand varied environmental conditions such as extreme heat, cold, and moisture,
  10. perform quick, precise, practical mathematical calculations pertinent to ratio and proportion of medication and supplies used in emergency patient care,
  11. work independently without defined structure,
  12. draw valid conclusions expediently relevant to patient's condition, often, using limited information,
  13. be cognizant of all legal, ethical, and moral obligations inherent within scope of practice.

MA Dept of Health and Human Services EMT Initial Training

Massachusetts EMS Accredited Training Institutions

Occupational Outlook Handbook description of EMT job

Michael J. Latta EMS Scholarship Foundation




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