Best Answer: Students pursuing a career in medicine may want to consider the field of emergency medical technology. Intermediate emergency medical technicians are able to provide more advanced care than first responders.
The Basic-EMT program is a one semester program. The program meets two evenings per week and selected Saturdays throughout the semester.
After successful completion of the program the student must successfully pass a National Computer Based Testing Examination.
The certification period is for two (2) years.
To renew your certification, you have to complete a state approved Refresher Course.
The Basic EMT course is offered each semester.
To become a Paramedic the individual must: be at least (18) eighteen years of age prior to entry into the training program, obtain an appropriate score or completion of English 085 and Math 021 (Pre-Algebra), current Arizona EMT
certification with one year pre-hospital experience, documented, possess a valid Healthcare Provider CPR card, successful completion of HAZ-MAT First Responder 24-hour training, completion of the MCC paramedic application submitted to the EMS office.
To be accepted into the Paramedic program, an applicant must successfully pass a 100 question EMT - Basic written examination, successfully pass a practical skills examination (National Registry Patient Assessment - Trauma, and a Random Skill), successfully complete an Oral Board Evaluation.
There is a criminal history component for the Department of Health Services Bureau of EMS certification application. A criminal history will not prevent you from participating SOME Community College training programs, but it could prevent you from being certified as an EMT Basic with the AZDHS/BEMS.
I'm assuming you are in the USA as the rules will more than likely be a bit different in other Countries