Candidates who have successfully completed national level EMT certification are eligible for applying for EMT certification in Georgia. State level licenses, although referred to as certifications in the general discourse, are distinct from certifications that are national level documents. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) care for patients of trauma, accidents, or illnesses before and during shifting of such patients to a medical facility. They render critical life saving services and certifications and licenses are necessary to ensure that only trained and seasoned professionals handle such activities.
EMT Certification in Georgia
National level EMT certifications are issued by NREMT to candidates who complete entry level EMT training and who successfully appear for NREMT certification exams. The initial training has to be approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation EMT – Basic National Standard Curriculum. Applications for certification have to be made within two years (generally) of completion of the initial training. After being certified by NREMT, the candidate can apply for a state level license. NREMT certifications are valid for two years at a time.
Certification exams consist of cognitive and psychomotor exams. Cognitive exams test the candidate’s theoretical knowledge about relevant topics like EMT care, oxygenation, trauma, cardiology, ventilation and the like. Two hours are allotted for answering of between 70 to 120 questions. A maximum of six attempts are allotted for clearing the cognitive part of certification. Psychomotor exam checks if the candidate can practically deal with patients suffering from trauma, cardiac problems, bleeding, bone and joint injuries, emergencies resulting from aggravation of certain illnesses etc.
Practice Tests for NREMT Certification
Many public and private owned websites provide study material and practice tests. Two of the better online options include the EMT Practice Test and EMT Achieve by Brady Publishers. EMT Practice Test is a part of online guide that provides notes and practice tests with instant scores.
EMT Achieve comes with advanced features like inclusion of photo, animations, videos, and illustrations in the study material. Results of practice tests come with thorough analysis making EMT Achieve a good source for preparation of similar state level exams.
How to Become an EMT
Five levels of EMT licenses are awarded in the state of Georgia by the Georgia Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department under the Public Health Department for the state. These five levels are: EMT, EMT – Intermediate / 1985, Advanced EMT, Cardiac Technician (CT), and PMDC – Paramedic. In the future, the EMT – Intermediate and CT levels are likely to be done away with as the state tries to align with National EMS Educational Standards.
Candidates who have completed a state approved EMT course and obtained NREMT certification are eligible for an EMT license in Georgia. Equivalent qualification as a military Advanced Tactical Practitioner (ATP) by the United States Special Operation Command (USSOCOM) is also accepted. Proof of certification, fingerprint based criminal history record check from the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and a passport size photograph should be submitted with the applications available at: http://www.ems.ga.gov/programs/ems/emsdocs/Fillable_Instate_License_Request-revised_MAR-2012.pdf and http://www.ems.ga.gov/programs/ems/emsdocs/Fillable_Reciprocity_Application.pdf respectively for in-state and out-of-state licensures. License fee depends on the type of EMT for which the application is being made.