Unlike most other states, EMT certification in Massachusetts can be obtained even without qualifying as a national level EMT. The state has its own exams for this purpose. Certification and license, to be precise, have different meanings although they are interpreted as same. Certification is a national level approval while license is a state level permit. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) are usually the first to arrive at a scene of medical emergency such as an accident, mishap, or when the patient is being vexed by cardiac troubles, illness related complications, trauma etc. EMTs provide basic emergency medical care before the patient is shifted to a hospital. Certification and license ensure that only eligible personnel handle these tasks.
EMT Certification in Massachusetts
Five types of national level EMT certifications are awarded by the NREMT, each of these being valid for a period of two years at a time. Usually, a candidate completes entry level EMT course, obtains NREMT certification, and then applies for state level EMT license. Application for NREMT certification has to be made within two years (generally) of clearing the elementary course and such course has to be approved by the respective state and by U.S. Department of Transportation EMT- Basic National Standard Curriculum.
NRMET certification exams consist of a cognitive / written exam and a psychomotor / practical exam. The former tests the candidate’s theoretical familiarity with EMS operations, trauma, oxygenation, ventilation etc. For EMT Basic certification, 70 to 120 questions have to be answered within two hours. The practical exam tests the candidate’s nerve in dealing with medical emergencies.
Succeeding at the NREMT Examinations
EMT Practice Test and EMT Achieve by Brady Publications are excellent online sources for preparation of NREMT certification exams. The former in part of an online guide and provides notes and online tests that are immediately assessed. The latter makes learning very interesting through study notes studded with pictures, animations, videos, and illustrations. Furthermore, assessment of online tests comes with proper explanations and suggestions for further reading.
Become an EMT in Massachusetts
Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Technicians (OEMS) within the Department of Public Health is the licensure authority for EMT licenses in the state of Massachusetts. Three levels of EMTs are licensed by the OEMS. These are the basic, intermediate and paramedic. Massachusetts has a somewhat different procedure for obtaining EMT licenses in that NREMT certification is not essential. The state has its own versions of written and practical exams that need to be successfully completed after completion of EMT basic course that is approved by the OEMS. Such courses are based on the lines of U.S. Department of Transportation.
Although OEMS does not require candidates to obtain CPR Certification before enrollment in the elementary course, it requires 100% attendance, with make-up sessions, for these trainings. It is also a better idea to obtain NREMT certification that will be useful if the candidate wants to shift to some other state as an EMT. OEMS is located at:
99 Chauncy Street,
Boston, MA 02111