EMT certification in Alabama is available for those with national level certification. You receive EMT certification through the NREMT, a non-governmental agency that registers emergency medical services providers from across the nation.
EMT certification can only be sought out once a student has successfully completed EMT training in Alabama. Once national certification is acquired, EMTs can then apply for a state license.
EMT Certification in Alabama
A candidate is certified as a national EMT by the NREMT after he successfully completes the cognitive and psychomotor exams. The NREMT certifies five levels of EMTs, each valid for two years at a time.
In Alabama, a candidate completes an EMT training course, obtains EMT certification, and then procures a state level EMT license. The EMT program must have been completed not more than two years (generally) before filing for certification and must meet the standards of the National Standard EMT Basic: National Standard Curriculum, which was crafted by the United States Department of Transportation.
The cognitive exam for EMT Basic certification is a test where the candidate answers 70 to 120 questions within two hours. The syllabus includes EMS operations, oxygenation, ventilation, airway, cardiology, medical, and trauma. Failed candidates can appear again for the exam after fifteen days. A total of six attempts to pass the exam are allowed.
The psychomotor exam is the practical exam, where the instructor confirms the candidate’s competence in assessing and managing a patient suffering from trauma, cardiac problems, joint dislocations, bone fractures, bleeding and more.
Although you will have learned a great deal of knowledge and skill in EMT school, it’s wise to take an EMT practice test before you take the NREMT exams (as well as any potential state exam).
One option is the EMT Achieve, an online prep site by Brady and Prentice Hall that provides thousands of questions that will help you prepare for the EMT certification exam. EMT Achieve also includes photos, videos, illustrations, and animations to help you mentally prepare for the exams.
Becoming an EMT
The Alabama Department of Public Health Office of EMS and Trauma is the licensure authority for EMT licenses in Alabama. The department recognizes NREMT certification as the basis for providing an EMT license for Alabama, but state level practical exams have to be additionally cleared.
Alabama recognizes five levels of EMS licensure: EMR, EMT, Advanced EMT, EMT-Intermediate and Paramedic.
Along with your license application, you’ll also need to provide things such as proof of your National Registry EMT certification and a copy of your CPR card.
The following is a link to EMS Individual Licensure Application for Alabama: http://adph.org/ems/assets/IndividualApp010412.pdf
The eligibility requirements for obtaining EMT licensure in Alabama are:
- NREMT certification
- The candidate has to be 18 years of age within one year of completion of the entry level EMT course.
- Criminal Background Check: people convicted for specified serious crimes are not eligible for EMT licenses. Candidates convicted for certain crimes may be granted license in extraordinary circumstances. Discretionary power to grant a license is available to the licensure authority.
- Current CPR card.
EMT Schools in Alabama
If you are looking for EMT, paramedic, or other healthcare programs in Alabama, be sure to click on the list of accredited and non-accredited schools listed below.
· Bevill State Community College – Jasper, AL (not accredited)
· Calhoun Community College – Tanner, AL (not accredited)
· Faulkner State Community College – Bay Minette, AL
· Gadsden State Community College – Gadsden, AL
· H. Council Trenholm State Technical College – Montgomery, AL
· Herzing University-Birmingham – Birmingham, AL
· Jefferson State Community College – Brimingham, AL
· Lurleen B Wallace Community College – Andalusia, AL
· Northeast Alabama Community College – Rainsville, AL
· Northwest Shoals Community College – Muscle Shoals, AL
· Southern Union State Community College – Opelika, AL
· Southern Union State Community College – Wadley, AL (not accredited)
· University of South Alabama – Mobile, AL
· Wallace Community College – Dothan, AL
· Wallace Community College – Hanceville, AL