EMT certification in Utah is available for those who pass the state’s EMT exams and for those with national certification. Although the terms license and certification are used with the same meaning they indicate permits respectively at the state and national level. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) work with ambulances, fire brigades, search & rescue operations during medical emergencies. They care for victims of trauma, bleeding, cardiac problems, burns, accidents etc. before these can be safely shifted to a medical facility. The critical nature of their responsibilities makes it necessary to have certification – license processes in place that will supply trained professionals only.
EMT Certification in Utah
National level EMT certifications are issued by the NREMT after a candidate clears its certification exams successfully. This can be done after passing an entry level EMT course of a certain level and, within two years (generally), applying for NREMT certification of the same level. After this an application for state level license can be filed. NREMT awards certification to five EMT levels, each being valid for two years at a time. The entry level course needs to be approved by the respective state and the U.S. Department of Transportation EMT – Basic National Standard Curriculum.
Certification exams come in two parts – cognitive exam that tests the theoretical knowledge and the psychomotor exam that evaluates the practical capabilities. The theory exam consists of between 70 and 150 questions that have to be answered on a computer within 1 hour 45 minutes to two and half hours, depending on the level of EMT applied for. These questions are related to EMS operations, oxygenation, trauma, cardiology, ventilation etc. The practical exam tests the candidate’s nerve in dealing with patients of cardiac problems, trauma, bleeding, illness related complications, accidents etc.
Learning How to Prepare
Among the numerous online sources for NREMT exam preparation, two by Brady Publications are worth a special mention. EMT Practice Test is part of an online guide by multiple authors and comes with relevant study notes and online practice tests that are promptly assessed. EMT Achieve is the other source by Brady and this one goes further, providing notes enriched with videos, animations, pictures, illustrations, and slides for more complete understanding. Evaluation of online practice tests is made interesting by explaining the correct answers.
Becoming an EMT in Utah
Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, Utah Department of Health is the licensure authority for EMT licenses in the state of Utah. The four new levels of EMTs recognized by this state include Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), EMT, Advanced EMT (A-EMT), and Paramedic. Here is a link to Application for Emergency Medical Services Certification in Utah: http://health.utah.gov/ems/certification/application.pdf
The bureau administers its own examination for EMTs. Those with NREMT certification and EMT licenses from other state can also apply for EMT license in Utah through the reciprocity route, subject to the applicants meeting other criteria specific to the state. After completion of an entry level course, a candidate can take the state exams and obtain EMT license directly. Alternatively, he can obtain NREMT certification and apply through the reciprocity channel.