EMT certification in Louisiana can be obtained after passing the national level certification exams. Certification is a national level permit while license is a state level authorization for operating as an EMT. These terms are taken to mean the same in the general parlance. This is a source of some confusion, something amplified by the fact that many states officially refer to their state level EMT operation permissions as certifications. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) are the first to arrive at the scene of a mishap or medical emergency. They provide the basic emergency medical care to patients of heart problems, accidents and injuries, illness related complications, trauma and the like before these patients are admitted to medical facilities. The process and procedures for obtaining certifications and licenses ensure the execution of these tasks by trained professionals only.
EMT Certification in Louisiana
Approvals for operating as an EMT at the national level are provided by the NREMT that certifies five levels of EMTs, each such certification being valid for two years at a time. Usually, a candidate completes entry level EMT training, applies for and clears the NREMT certification exams, and then applies for a state level license. The entry level course has to be approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation EMT – Basic National Standard Curriculum and by the respective state. Application for NREMT certification has to be made within two years (generally) of completion of the elementary training.
Cognitive and psychomotor exams are included in certification exams. Theoretical know how with related areas like EMS operations, trauma, cardiology, oxygenation, ventilation etc. are checked for in the former exam. For EMT basic certification, the cognitive exam consists of between 70 and 120 questions that have to be answered on the computer within two hours. Psychomotor exam is the practical check up of the candidate’s ability to deal with medical emergencies – patients suffering from trauma, heart problems, bleeding, injuries, accidents, illness related sudden complications and the like.
Preparing for NREMT Certification Exams
Two of the better online sources for certification preparations are EMT Practice Test and EMT Achieve by Brady Publishers. The first one is part of an online guide and provides online practice tests with instant assessment and scores. EMT Achieve provides study material supplemented with pictures, videos, animations, and illustrations for better understanding. Practice exams are complete with correct answers and explanations provided in the assessment. Such material is also provided by many other public and private owned websites.
Becoming an EMT
EMT licenses in the state of Louisiana are issued by the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, Department of Health and Hospitals. Five levels of EMTs are recognized by the bureau. These are First Responder, EMT-Basic Public, EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, and EMT-Paramedic. The following is a link to a Re-Instatement or Renewal Application with the Bureau: http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/assets/oph/ems/forms/reinstatement4.pdf
Interested candidates have to pass an elementary EMT course approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation and then obtain NREMT certification before applying with the bureau for state license. A copy of NREMT certification has to be submitted with the application for license.