Like most other states in the U.S, EMT certification in Nevada can be obtained after successful completion of national level EMT certification. Certification and license are respectively national and state level sanctions to operate as an EMT, although these terms are taken to mean the same in the common discourse. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) are usually the first to arrive at the scene of a medical emergency and take care of the patient till he is admitted to a medical facility. They handle patients fighting with trauma, injury, cardiac uneasiness, bleeding and the like. The onerous nature of their responsibilities makes it imperative to have systems that will authorize only eligible persons to operate as such.
EMT Certification in Nevada
The NREMT is a national level body for certification of EMTs. It provides recognition to five levels of EMTs after they successfully complete NREMT exams. Appearing for NREMT certification exams requires a candidate to clear the entry level EMT course and apply for national certification within two years (generally). Such primary courses have to be approved by the respective state and by the U.S. Department of Transportation EMT – Basic National Standard Curriculum. State EMT licenses are usually awarded after a candidate applies for them on getting certified by NREMT. All NREMT certifications are valid for two years at a time.
Cognitive and psychomotor exams are the two exams for NREMT certification. Cognitive exam checks the familiarity of the candidate with theoretical aspects of EMS operations, cardiology, oxygenation, trauma, ventilation and the like. Depending on the level of EMT applied for, there are between 70 and 150 questions that have to be answered on the computer within 1 hour 45 minutes to two and half hours. Psychomotor exam is the practical evaluation of the candidate – whether he can deal with patients in precarious medical conditions?
Get Ready for NREMT Certification Exam
Brady Publishers provide two exceptional online sources for this purpose. The EMT Practice Test provides online study material and online tests that are immediately assessed. The other source is EMT Achieve. It makes available notes supplemented by animations, videos, illustrations, and pictures for a thorough grasp over the relevant topics.
Answers to practice test come with complete and contextual explanations that make EMT Achieve a good source for such exams at the state level as well.
Becoming and EMT in Nevada
Nevada Emergency Medical Systems, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services is the licensure authority for EMT licenses in this state. Four levels of EMTs are recognized by the said authority viz. First Responder, EMT, EMT-Intermediate-85, and Advanced EMT. The last one is equivalent to a paramedic. Here is a link to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Certification Application for Nevada: http://health.nv.gov/PDFs/EMS/Forms/EMSCertificationApplication.pdf
For initial licensure, the candidate needs to have cleared the NREMT certification exams and must possess a current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) card. In addition to these, a copy of current ACLS card is required for license of the advanced level. NREMT certification exams can be taken after completion of entry level EMT courses approved by the state and U.S. Department of Transportation. License renewal requirements are similar except that EMS refresher course needs to be completed.