EMT certification in Michigan is available for those with national level EMT certification. While certification is a national level process, license is a state level approval. In the general parlance both terms are interchangeably used. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) provide basic emergency medical care to patients of trauma, illness, accidents etc. before these can be safely shifted to a medical facility. The serious nature of their duties requires the EMTs to be properly qualified and this is ensured by the processes involved in certification and licensure.
EMT Certification in Michigan
National Level EMT certifications are awarded by the NREMT. Five types of EMTs are recognized and the certification of each is valid for two years at a time. Usually, a candidate completes an entry level EMT course and, within two years (generally), applies for NREMT certification. After obtaining this, he can apply for a state level EMT license. The elementary course has to be approved by the respective state and by the U.S. Department of Transportation EMT – Basic National Standard Curriculum.
To obtain certification, the candidate has to successfully complete the cognitive and psychomotor exams of NREMT. The former tests the theoretical knowledge of the candidate regarding relevant topics such as oxygenation, cardiology, EMS operations, trauma, ventilation etc. For EMT Basic certification, 70 to 120 questions have to be answered within two hours on a computer for the cognitive exam. Practical skills of the candidate related to handling of medical emergencies like when the patient suffers from bleeding, trauma, injuries, accidents, illnesses, cardiac arrests etc. are tested in psychomotor exam.
Prepare for the NREMT
Since NREMT certification is the key achievement in the path of an EMT professional, considerable thought has gone into composition of study material and practice tests for these exams. Numerous public and private owned websites provide such material. Brady Publishers provide two particularly noteworthy online sources. EMT Practice Test is part of an online guide by various authors that provides relevant study notes and practice tests that are instantly assessed. EMT Achieve is a totally different source in that it makes learning an interesting phenomenon. Study material is amply supported by pictures, videos, animations, and illustrations. Practice tests come with explanations during assessment and make this a valid source even for similar exams at the state level.
Becoming an EMT
Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) is the licensure authority for issue of EMT licenses in the state of Michigan. Four levels of EMTs are licensed in this state, each for a period of three years at a time. These are Medical First Responder, EMT-Basic, EMT-Specialist, and Paramedic. Here is a link to Application for EMT Licensure in Michigan: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdch/License_Packet_4-07_197521_7.pdf
Candidates who complete entry level EMT course approved by MDCH have to obtain NREMT certification and apply for license within two years from the date of completion of the elementary course. Those with NREMT certification and EMT license from another state can also apply. Those only with NREMT certification and who have completed the elementary course more than two years ago are also eligible for application.