How to Become an EMT

The rewards of being an EMT are immeasurable, but it is not a job for everyone. Do some self-examination before you decide to take an EMT training class. Here are some things to consider:

  • Being an EMT is a substantial time commitment.
    • Do you have the time to take a 4-6 month training class (~100 hours of classroom training)?
    • Do you have the time to do on-the-job training for an additional 4-6 months?
    • After your training is complete, can you commit to a consistent 12+ hours/month to work on the road as an EMT?
    • Do you have the time to attend quarterly mandatory training classes?
  • Can you handle the sight & smell of body fluids (blood, urine, vomit, feces), deep cuts, broken bones, needles, etc.?
  • Can you handle stressful situations?
  • How is your strength? If you had a partner, could you carry a 200+ pound patient down a flight of stairs?
  • Can you make decisions?
  • Do you have good communication skills?
  • Are you a team player?

If you think being an EMT is the right job for you, see Where to take an EMT Original class.

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