Students desiring EMT training in North Carolina will need to take enroll in a state approved EMT-B program, where they will receive basic life support training and education. Students are then eligible to take the NREMT-B exams, and from there, can seek state certification.
Below are a handful of general requirements prospective students in North Carolina must meet if they want to attend an EMT program.
Becoming an EMT in North Carolina
· EMT students have to be eighteen years old or older. They also will need to be able to show evidence of a high school diploma or a GED.
· Need to own a valid driver’s license.
· Must be able to read at a 10th grade level or higher. Potential students are at times asked to provide placement scores (from tests such as ASSET or COMPASS or ACCUPLACER, which test one’s academic skills in English, math, and reading).
· Will need to have CPR certification and retain it throughout the duration of the program.
· EMT students will need to show a record of the following inoculations: Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccination/Illness, and Hepatitis B Vaccination Series. You will likely also need the Tdap vaccine to safeguard against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Petrussis; Chicken Pox (vaccinated 2 shot series or positive titer); a negative Tuberculosis skin PPD test (within the last 12 months); a negative Chest X-ray (within the last 12 months) and a Flu shot (within the last 12 months).
· Will need to undertake a drug test and submit to a criminal history check.
Schools and Programs
Below, please click on a school to get admissions information on their programs:
· Blue Ridge Community College – Flat Rock, NC
· Catawba Valley Community College – Hickory, NC
· Joint Special Operations Medical Training Center – Ft. Bragg, NC
· Piedmont Community College – Roxboro, NC
· Southwestern Community College – Sylva, NC
· Western Carolina University – Cullowhee, NC
What Will I Learn?
Throughout an EMT training course in North Carolina, students will master the necessary skills to provide prehospital emergency medical care at a basic life support level. As soon as the program is successfully completed, students will be able to recognize the significance of a patient’s injury and evaluate the requirement needed for emergency medical care.
Students will additionally learn to carry out proper emergency medical care based on a patient’s condition, as well as lift, position, or transfer a patient to restrict pain and prevent added injury.
Enrolling in an EMT Course
Any EMT student who has successfully completed an EMT training course in NC will have a thorough understanding of the following:
· The Human Body
· EMT-Basic Pharmacology
· Respiratory and Cardiac Emergencies
· Emergency Childbirth/Pediatric Emergencies
· Medical, Legal, and Ethical Issues in EMS
· Bleeding and Shock Management
· Hemorrhage control
· Environmental and Behavioral Emergencies
· Epinephrine Auto-Injector
· Trauma Patient Assessment
· Airway Management
· Obstetrics and Gynecological Emergencies
· Soft Tissue Injuries
· Musculoskeletal Injuries
· Head, Neck and Spine Injuries
· Vital Signs
· Infants, Children, Adolescents and Old Patients
· Lifting and Moving Patients
· Diabetic Emergencies
How Do I Become an EMT?
Once you have successfully completed your EMT-Basic course, you will then be able to apply for national certification by taking the NREMT exams. National EMT certification requires students to successfully complete both a cognitive (computer adaptive test) and psychomotor exam (skills test).
The NREMT-B practical exam is a state approved exam and will be given through state recognized EMT training programs. One you pass the NREMT exams, you can then apply for North Carolina certification. If you have any questions about EMS courses or testing in NC, be sure to contact:
Office of EMS
2707 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2707