A student who has received EMT training in Pennsylvania must have the education and skills consistent with the certification from the Department of Health. Assuming one meets a school’s requirements and completes an EMT educational program, students can them take the NREMT exams before applying for state certification.
What Is Required to Become an EMT?
Before you search for the right EMT training program, you must meet the following general requirements:
· EMT students in PA must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. Exceptions with age can be sometimes made. At Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, for example, students can enter the EMT program at 16, although they must have a parent or legal guardian in attendance during the first session of class .
· Need to hold a valid driver’s license.
· Need to have the ability to read at a 10th grade level or higher. Prospective students are occasionally asked to present placement scores (from tests such as ASSET or COMPASS or ACCUPLACER, which test one’s academic skills in English, math, and reading).
· Must have CPR certification and maintain it throughout the duration of the training.
· EMT students will need to display a record of the following inoculations: Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccination/Illness, and Hepatitis B Vaccination Series. You will very 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).
· Must undergo a drug test and submit to a criminal history check.
· In addition to these requirements, certified or licensed EMTs must be able to lift, carry, and balance a minimum of 125 pounds equally distributed (250 pounds with assistance).
Below, please click on a school to get admissions information on their programs:
- All-State Career School – Essington, PA
- Center for Emergency Medicine of Western PA – Pittsburgh, PA
- Community College of Allegheny County – Pittsburgh, PA
- Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital – Johnstown, PA
- Delaware County Community College – Media, PA
- Fortis Institute – Erie, PA
- Harrisburg Area Community College -Harrisburg Campus – Harrisburg, PA
- Lehigh Valley Health Network (Hospital) – Allentown, PA
- Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences – Lancaster, PA
- Pennsylvania College of Technology – Williamsport, PA
- The Reading Hospital – Reading, PA
- Star Career Academy – Philadelphia, PA
- Star Career Academy – Philadelphia, PA
Getting Ready for the EMT Program
During an EMT class in Pennsylvania, students will be taught the necessary skills to provide prehospital emergency medical care at a basic life support level. Once the training program is successfully finished, 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 conduct proper emergency medical care based on a patient’s ailment, as well as lift, position, or shift a patient to restrict pain and defend against added injury.
What to Expect from my EMT Class
A student who has successfully completed an EMT training course in Pennsylvania will have a comprehensive 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
In addition, you can review a Basic Life Support Skills Sheet, courtesy of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services.
Becoming an EMT in Pennsylvania
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 Pennsylvania certification. If you have any questions about EMS courses, testing, or becoming certified, you can contact:
Pennsylvania Department of Health
625 Forster St
Harrisburg, PA 17120