EMT certification in New Mexico, for some levels of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), is available after obtaining national level EMT certification. Earlier candidates had to clear state level exams for obtaining all types of EMT licenses in this state. License is a state level permit while certification is its national level equivalent, although the terms are used interchangeably. EMTs care for patients before these are safely admitted to a medical facility. They work with ambulances, fire brigades, search and rescue operations and the like and provide emergency medical services to patients of trauma, illness related complications, cardiac troubles, bleeding, and accidents.
EMT Certification in New Mexico
National level EMT certifications are awarded by the NREMT that recognizes five levels of EMTs and each such certification is valid for two years at a time. After clearing an entry level course of a certain level, a candidate applies for NREMT certification of the same level within two years (usually) and applies for state license after he obtains such certification. The entry level course has to be approved by the respective state and by the U.S. Department of Transportation EMT – Basic National Standard Curriculum.
NREMT exams consists of the cognitive exam that checks the theoretical knowledge of the candidate regarding related areas like oxygenation, EMS operations, trauma, injuries, accidents, ventilation etc. Depending on the level of EMT applied for, the exam consists between 70 and 150 questions that have to be answered within 1 hour 45 minutes to two and half hours. The practical part of the NREMT exam is the psychomotor exam where the candidate’s temperament while dealing with medical emergencies is checked.
The National Registry EMT Exams
Brady Publication provides two excellent online sources in the form of EMT Practice Test and the EMT Achieve.
The former comes with notes and online multiple-choice type tests that are promptly assessed. EMT Achieve places the learning experience on to a higher pedestal with notes amply supplemented by videos, slides, pictures, animations, and illustrations. Answers to practice tests are immediately available and these come with complete explanations making this a valuable source for such exams at the state level as well.
Becoming an EMT in New Mexico
New Mexico Emergency Medical Systems (EMS) Bureau is the licensure authority for EMT licenses in the state of New Mexico. The bureau conducts its own tests for the following levels recognized by it for EMTs: First Responder (FR), Basic, Intermediate, Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD), Instructor, and Paramedic. Here is a link to the bureau’s official website from where links to application forms of all EMT licenses are available under the head Licensing: http://nmems.org/
The bureau will be making a shift from state exams to NREMT exams as the basis for the award of such licenses. Any First Responder and Basic candidates who graduates from the corresponding entry level course after December 1, 2012, will be required to take the NREMT exams and not the state level exams as before. The corresponding date for EMT-Intermediate was April 1, 2012. So now, candidates interested in EMT licenses of FR, Basic, and Intermediate will first have to clear the entry level EMT course of particular level and the NREMT exams of the same level.
- For more information on EMT training, be sure to read: EMT Training in New Mexico