To become a licensed EMT in TN, you will need to have received and successfully completed EMT training in Tennessee within the past year of your application for licensure. State licenses are given to EMTs, EMT-IVs, and Paramedics, with certification given to emergency medical dispatchers and first responders.
EMT Training Requirements in Tennessee
Before you begin your search for the EMT training program, you should make sure that you’ll be able to meet the general requirements of most EMT programs in Tennessee:
· EMT students in TN must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. Exceptions with age can be sometimes made.
· An EMT student must have a valid driver’s license.
· Prospective students may be asked to provide placement scores from tests such as ASSET or COMPASS or ACCUPLACER, which tests one’s academic skills in English, math, and reading).
· Must have CPR certification at the Healthcare Provider level
· EMT students will need to have had the following required immunizations: Measles, Mumps, Rubella Hepatitis B Vaccination Series, Tuberculosis, and Varicella (Chicken pox), as well as Tetanus, Diphtheria and Petrussis.
· Students also must undergo a drug test and submit to a criminal background check, as well.
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).
Schools and Programs
Below, please click on a school to get admissions information on their programs:
- Chattanooga State Technical Community College – Chattanooga, TN
- City of Memphis Division of Fire Services – Memphis, TN
- Columbia State Community College – Columbia, TN
- Jackson State Community College – Jackson, TN
- Northeast State Technical Community College – Blountville, TN
- Roane State Community College – Harriman, TN
- Southwest Tennessee Community College – Memphis, TN
- Tennessee Tech University – Cookeville, TN
- Volunteer State Community College – Gallatin, TN
- Walters State Community College – Morristown, TN
Preparing for EMT School
During an EMT training course in Tennessee, students will learn the necessary skills to provide prehospital emergency medical care at a basic life support level. After the program is properly 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 carry out proper emergency medical care based on a patient’s condition, as well as lift, position, or relocate a patient to control discomfort and avoid added injury.
What Will I Learn in EMT Class?
A student who has successfully completed an EMT training course in Tennessee 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
How to Become an EMT in Tennessee
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 Tennessee licensure. If you have any questions or concerns about applying for EMT licensure in TN, please contact:
TN Department of Health Division of Emergency Medical Services Director of EMS Personnel Licensure Cordell Hull Building 1st Floor 425 Fifth Avenue North Nashville, TN 37247-0701