Unlike most other states, EMT certification in New York is not awarded on the basis of the national level Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification; the state has its own exams for this purpose. License and certification are respectively permissions for operating as an EMT at the state and national level, although the terms are interchangeably used. EMTs care for patients of trauma, injury, illness, cardiac problems and more before said patients are admitted to a medical facility. Certification and/or licensure is a process that ensures that only eligible personnel handle such momentous responsibilities.
EMT Certification in New York
National level EMT certifications are issued by the NREMT. Five such levels are awarded certifications by the NREMT and each such sanction is valid for two years at a time. Applicants have to first clear an entry level EMT course of a certain level and within two years (usually) apply for NREMT certification of the same level. On the achievement of such a certification, state level licenses can be applied for. The primary EMT course has to be approved by the respective state as well as by the U.S. Department of Transportation EMT – Basic National Standard Curriculum.
Cognitive exam and psychomotor exam are the two components of the NREMT certification exam. The former checks if the candidate is able to face theoretical queries related to EMS operations, oxygenation, trauma, cardiology, ventilation etc. Depending on the level of EMT applied for, between 70 and 150 questions have to be answered within 1 hour 45 minutes to two and half hours. The practical capacity of the applicant in actually dealing with medical emergencies is checked in the psychomotor exam.
Can I Take an EMT Practice Test?
Brady Publishers provides two excellent online alternatives to study for the NREMT certification exams. The EMT Practice Test is part of an online guide by multiple authors and provides study notes with online, multiple choice tests that are immediate assessed. EMT Achieve is the other source from Brady that enables the candidate to better understand the topics as notes are supplemented by slides, videos, animations, illustrations, and pictures. Practice tests are instantly assessed and correct answers are provided with thorough explanations.
Becoming an EMT in New York
New York State doesn’t recognize the NREMT certification as the basis of awarding EMT licenses; it has its own exams for this purpose. Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (EMS), New York State Department of Health is the licensure authority for EMT licenses in New York state and it recognizes the following levels of EMS providers: Certified First Responder (CFR), EMT-Basic, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician – Intermediate (AEMT-I), AEMT – Critical Care (AEMT-CC), AEMT – Paramedic (AEMT-P). The following is a link to the application forms commonly used by EMS providers: http://www.health.ny.gov/nysdoh/ems/emsforms.htm
Applicants need to clear the state approved EMT course followed by successful appearance at the state practical exams within one year of completion of such course. The state written exam has to be passed within one year of clearing the practical exam. For AEMT licenses, candidates need an EMT-Basic license plus documentation to prove successful completion of internship approved by the course sponsor when they appear for the written exam for AEMT.
If you need more information about becoming an EMT, please read: EMT Training in New York