As with most other states, candidates who have successfully obtained a national level EMT certification are eligible for EMT certification in Idaho. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) administer basic emergency medical care to patients / victims of trauma, accidents, serious illnesses, cardiac troubles and the like before these patients are admitted to a medical facility. Their services are referred to as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and are critical for the life and health of patients being transported to a medical establishment. Certification ensures that only trained and seasoned professionals handle such precarious situations.
EMT Certification in Idaho
National level EMT certifications are issued by the NREMT. It awards five levels of EMT certifications and each is valid for two years at a time. Candidates need to apply for NREMT certification within two years (generally) of completion of an entry level EMT course. There are different levels in this course based on which the candidate can apply for the corresponding level of NREMT certification. This elementary training needs to be approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation EMT- Basic National Standard Curriculum apart from being approved by the state in which the candidate seeks to be licensed. After obtaining NREMT certification, state license can be applied for.
NREMT certification exam consists of the cognitive and the psychomotor exams. The cognitive exam tests the theoretical knowledge of the candidate regarding relevant topics such as EMS operations, cardiology, oxygenation, trauma, ventilation etc. Between 70 and 120 questions have to be answered on the computer within two hours for this exam. Psychomotor exams checks if the candidate has the temperament to deal with emergencies when the patient is being troubled by bleeding, cardiac problems, bone injuries, trauma and the like.
Practicing for NREMT Certification
Brady Publishers provide two excellent online sources of study material and practice exams. EMT Practice Test provides notes and online practice tests with instant assessment and scores. Improving upon this source is EMT Achieve, again by Brady that takes the learning experience a step further with notes adorned with animations, videos, pictures, and illustrations. Test results come with correct answers explained thoroughly making this source valuable even for similar state level examinations. Such coaching material is provided by many other private and public owned websites.
Becoming an EMT
Four levels of EMT licenses viz. Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), EMT, EMT – Advanced, and Paramedic are issued in Idaho. The licensure authority is Idaho Emergency Medical Services, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. Here is a link to the Initial Personnel License Application: http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Portals/0/Medical/EMS/Initial%20Provider%20Application%20July%202011.pdf
After completion of state approved entry level EMT training, the candidate has to obtain NREMT certification, and emerge successfully from a criminal background check that requires the candidate to submit his fingerprints before applying for EMT license. Certain convictions automatically preclude a candidate from obtaining an EMT license while another set of convictions debar the candidate only for certain durations. Candidates convicted for minor and relatively non-serious offences can have an exception made in their case and obtain a license provided they are able to make a persuasive presentation before the licensure authority.