EMT certification in New Hampshire authorizes a candidate to work as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in the state of New Hampshire. For this, a national level EMT certification has to be first obtained. License is a state level permit while certification is its national level equivalent, although the two terms are used interchangeably. EMTs provide basic emergency medical care to patients of trauma, bleeding, accidents, illnesses, and heart problems before these patients reach a hospital. Because their services can mean the difference between life and death, appropriate checks are essential so that only those with compatible temperament and knowledge can assume these responsibilities.
EMT Certification in New Hampshire
National level EMT permits are awarded by the NREMT. It recognizes five levels of EMTs and each such approval is valid for two years at a time. Interested candidates first clear the entry level course and apply for NREMT certification within two years (generally). NREMT certification is usually enough for obtaining a state EMT license. The elementary course has to be approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation EMT – Basic National Standard Curriculum and by the respective state.
Certification exams include a cognitive exam that checks theoretical aspects of the candidate’s knowledge while the psychomotor exam tests the applicant’s temperament in dealing with medical exigencies. Depending on the level of EMT applied for, the cognitive exam consists of between 70 to 150 questions that have to be answered on a computer within 1 hour 45 minutes to two and half hours. Questions are related to relevant topics like EMS operations, cardiology, oxygenation, trauma, ventilation and the like.
Prep Material for NREMT Certification Exams
The EMT Practice Test and EMT Achieve by Brady Publishers are two fine online sources for preparation of NREMT certification exams. EMT Practice Test is part of an online guide by multiple authors. Relevant notes and online practice tests that are immediately assessed are provided by this source. EMT Achieve takes the learning experience to a new, higher level. Study material is made rich through the addition of animations, videos, pictures, and illustrations for comprehensive understanding. Online practice tests end with immediate assessment and thorough explanations of the correct answers.
Becoming an EMT in NH
The licensure authority for EMT licenses in New Hampshire is the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), New Hampshire Department of Safety.
Six levels of licenses are awarded by the bureau. These include Apprentice, First Responder (FR), New Hampshire EMT, EMT –Basic, EMT-Intermediate, and EMT-Paramedic. The last three and FR require NREMT certifications and are each valid for two years at a time. The following is a link to EMS Provider License Application with the said bureau: http://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/fstems/ems/documents/provider_license_application.pdf
The starting point is passing an entry level EMT course approved by the bureau and by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Then the NREMT certification exams have to be cleared for those interested in licenses for the following four EMT levels: FR, EMT – Basic, Intermediate, and Paramedic. Current NREMT card and current Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) card have to be submitted along with the license application.