Obtaining EMT certification in Indiana is slightly different from obtaining similar certification in most other states. Emergency Medical Technicians are trained professionals who provide basic emergency medical care to patients or victims of trauma, accidents, injuries, and illnesses before these patients can be moved to a medical facility. Certification and license of EMTs is essential to ensure that only seasoned and experienced professionals handle these activities that can save the life and limb of many a patient. The terms certification and license are interchangeably used although they mean authorizations respectively from the state and national level authorities.
EMT Certification in Indiana
National level EMT certifications are awarded by the NREMT after the candidate successfully completes an entry level EMT course and then passes the NREMT exams. Five levels of NREMT certifications are recognized, each being valid for two years at a time. The entry level EMT training needs to be approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation EMT – Basic National Standard Curriculum and the state where the candidate seeks to operate as an EMT. Normally, state EMT licenses can be applied for after obtaining NREMT certification. Applications to NREMT certification have to made within two years (generally) of completion of the elementary course.
NREMT certification exams include the cognitive and psychomotor exams. The cognitive exam is related to theory and covers aspects like EMS operations, trauma, cardiology, ventilation, oxygenation and the like. Between 70 and 120 questions have to be answered on the computer in two hours for EMT Basic certification. Psychomotor exam checks if the candidate is steady enough to deal with emergency situations like when the patient is suffering from bleeding, cardiac problems, trauma, injuries, accidents etc.
Preparing for NREMT Exams
Usually, passing the NREMT exams is the single most important requirement in the process of obtaining state EMT license. Brady Publishers provide two excellent options for this purpose. EMT Practice Test is part of an online guide by numerous authors. The online tests are assessed instantly and scores are provided. EMT Achieve makes the learning experience more interesting by providing study material studded with pictures, animations, videos, and illustrations. The practice tests are assessed immediately and answers are accompanied by thorough explanations. EMT Achieve can also be used for similar state level exams.
Becoming an EMT
Four levels of EMTs are licensed in the state of Indiana viz. basic, basic advanced, intermediate, and paramedic. Candidates need to pass an accredited EMS educational program and then written and practical exams of the Indiana State EMT. NREMT certification is recognized for issuing EMT state license in Indiana only if it is accompanied by EMT state license from some other state. The following is a link to an Application for Advanced Life Support Certification: http://www.in.gov/dhs/files/Application_for_Advanced_Life_Support_Certification.pdf
The licensure authority for Indiana state EMT licenses is the Certification Section of the Indiana Medical Services Commission under the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. The same authority is responsible for defining the syllabi for training of all levels of EMTs in the state. The state level exams mentioned above are fairly similar to those conducted by the NREMT.