EMT certification in Texas can be obtained by those with national EMT certification. License is a state level permit while certification is its national level equivalent, although these terms are interchangeably used. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) are usually the first to arrive at the site of a mishap or accident and care for the victims of such events before these can be safely shifted to a medical facility. They handle patients of cardiac problems, accidents, trauma, bleeding, illness related complications etc. Processes of certification – licensure ensure that only trained and seasoned professionals handle such delicate responsibilities.
EMT Certification in Texas
National level EMT certifications are awarded by the NREMT that recognizes five EMT levels each being valid for two years at a time. After passing an entry level course of a certain level, the candidate has to apply for NREMT certification of the same level within two years (generally) and on clearing these certification exams, apply for state level EMT license. Entry level courses are usually framed by respective states on the lines of requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation EMT – Basic National Standard Curriculum.
The NREMT certification exams consist of the cognitive exam that checks if the candidate is conversant with the theoretical part of related areas like cardiology, oxygenation, EMS operations, trauma, ventilation and the like. Psychomotor exam is the other part of certification exam that evaluates if the candidate has the heart and the presence of mind to correctly deal with victims of trauma, bleeding, cardiac problems, illness related complications, accidents etc. Cognitive exam consists of between 70 to 150 questions to be answered on a computer within 1 hour 45 minutes to two and half hours, the exact duration and number of questions depending on the level of EMT applied for.
Prepare with EMT Achieve Practice Tests
Brady Publishers provide two online sources of the highest caliber for this purpose. These are the EMT Practice Test and the EMT Achieve. The former provides notes and online practice tests that are immediately assessed and scored. EMT Achieve raises the bar for such sources by having videos, slides, illustrations, animations, and pictures supplement notes. Practice tests are instantly assessed and correct answers are explained, making this a good source for equivalent state level exams.
Becoming an EMT in Texas
EMT licenses in Texas are awarded by the Texas Department of State Health Services, Office of EMS / Trauma Systems Coordination. Five levels of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers are recognized in Texas viz. Emergency Care Attendant (ECA), EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, EMT-P, and Paramedic. The following is a link to the page on the website of the said licensure authority that contains links to applications for all EMTs: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/emstraumasystems/formsresources.shtm#ems
For initial EMT license a candidate needs to be a high school diploma or hold GED certificate and pass an approved entry level EMT course followed by NREMT certification exams. A fingerprint based criminal background check is conducted before the EMT license is awarded. For initial paramedic license all the above requirements have to be fulfilled in addition to submission of proof of completion of a two year EMS degree or a four year degree in any field.