EMT certification in Hawaii is available for those who have successfully completed the national level EMT Certification. The precise term for being authorized as an EMT at the state level is possession of an EMT License. Certification is the authorization at the national level and license is its state level equivalent. The terms are usually used interchangeably. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) render pre hospital emergency medical care to patients before the patient reaches a medical facility. Victims of accidents, trauma, or illnesses often need assistance by EMTs before and during transportation to the medical establishment.
EMT Certification in Hawaii
NREMT is the entity authorized to certify a person as a national level EMT. Five levels of EMT are certified by the NREMT and these are valid for two years at a time. Interested candidates need to pass an entry level course of a certain level and then apply for NREMT certification of the appropriate level. This primary course needs to be U.S. Department of Transportation EMT – Basic National Standard Curriculum approved and has to be completed not more than two years (generally) before applying for NREMT certification. Once NREMT certification is obtained, application for state level license can be filed.
Certification exam for NREMT consists of the cognitive and psychomotor exam. The former tests the theoretical capacity of the candidate with related areas such as EMS operations, trauma, oxygenation, cardiology, trauma, ventilation and the like. For EMT Basic certification, this exam consists of 70 to 120 questions that need to be answered within two hours on the computer. Psychomotor exam tests the actual practical readiness of the candidate to deal with emergencies such as patients suffering from cardiac problems, trauma, bleeding, bone and joint fractures etc.
NREMT Certification Practice Exams
Among the several public and private owned websites offering study material and practice exams, two merit special mention. Both these are by Brady Publishers. EMT Practice Test is a part of an online guide by multiple authors and comes with notes and practice tests that are immediately assessed. One step ahead is the EMT Achieve with notes enhanced with the addition of pictures, videos, animations, and illustrations. Practice tests come with immediate assessment and correct answers are provided with contextual explanations making this a good source for state level exams as well.
Becoming an EMT
The licensure authority for EMT licenses in Hawaii is the Professional and Vocational Licensing Division of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs for Hawaii. Administration and maintenance of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Hawaii is the responsibility of the Hawaii EMS. The following is a link to the EMT Licensure Application: http://hawaii.gov/dcca/pvl/boards/medical/application_publication/pvl_emt.pdf
Although Hawaii recognizes NREMT certification as the basis for awarding EMT licenses, it requires the candidate to successfully complete the entry level EMT training approved by the state or the Board for Medical and Osteopathy (M.D., D.O., Podiatrist, Physician Assistant, EMT-B, and EMT-P). Two levels of EMT viz. EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic are licensed in Hawaii and the latter are also referred to as Mobile Intensive Care Technician (MICT) in this state.