EMT certification in Minnesota can be obtained by those who have acquired EMT certification at the national level. Although certification and license are used with the same meaning, they are different terms. Certification is a national level permit while license is a state level approval. This confusion is fostered by many states referring to their state EMT licenses as certifications. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) are trained professionals who render emergency medical care to patients or victims of trauma, bleeding, accidents, injuries, cardiac troubles etc. before these patients are safely shifted to medical facilities.
EMT Certification in Minnesota
The NREMT is the authorized body to issue national level EMT certifications. A candidate has to pass entry level EMT course, successfully complete NREMT certification exams, and then apply for state level license. NREMT awards five types of licenses each valid for two years at a time. The entry level course has to be approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation EMT – Basic National Standard Curriculum and by the respective state. Applications for NREMT certifications have to be made within two years (generally) of passing the entry level course.
NREMT certification exam comes in two parts – cognitive or theory and psychomotor or practical exam. The former checks the grasp of the candidate over relevant topics like trauma, oxygenation, EMS Operations, ventilation and the like. For the EMT Basic level certification this exam consists of between 70 and 120 questions that have to be answered in two hours on a computer. Psychomotor exam tests the steadiness of the candidate and his presence of mind while dealing with medical emergencies when the patient suffers from trauma, bleeding, heart disorders, accidents, illness related complications etc.
Preparing for the NREMT
Among the numerous websites offering study material and practice tests, two merit a specific mention. These are EMT Practice Test and EMT Achieve, both by Brady Publications. EMT Practice Test is part of an online guide and comes with relevant study material and online tests that are instantly assessed. EMT Achieve takes the learning experience to a completely different level. Study material in this source is embedded with pictures, animations, videos, and illustrations to make learning easier. Again, the results of tests come with complete explanations and suggestions for additional reading making this a good source even for similar state level exams.
Becoming an EMT in Minnesota
Minnesota Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Regulatory Board is the licensure authority for EMT licenses in this state. The board recognizes three levels of EMTs in Minnesota. These are basic, intermediate, and paramedic. For obtaining EMT license in this state, a candidate has to complete an entry level course specific to the EMT level he wishes to apply for. Such course must have the approval of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Alternatively, an equivalent to such course can be prescribed by the board. NREMT certification has to be obtained after this and then state license can be availed.
Here is a link to application forms for licenses of all the three EMT levels recognized in the state: http://www.emsrb.state.mn.us/cert.asp
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