Training as an EMT in Arizona
To become a certified EMT in Arizona you must complete approved EMT classes. The Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System, and Arizona Department of Health Services certify EMTs of all levels in Arizona.
Along with taking classes applicants must turn in an application along with the required forms and pass the National Registry exam with a score no lower than 70 percent within a year of completing the classes. If a person is an Intermediate or Paramedic applicant they must also pass the practical exam.
As first responders, one must re-certify every few years to keep practicing. The process is different depending on which level EMT you are. To complete re-certification one must complete the accompanying report and twelve hours of continuing education.
The re-certification guidelines are as follows. Basic level EMTs must complete seventy two hours of continuing education or an exam. EMTs must complete twenty four hours of DOT National Standard EMT Basic Refresher as well as forty eight hours of continuing education.
Intermediate/85 EMTs must have seventy two hours of continuing education which includes thirty six of approved refreshers and thirty six of other related courses. Eighteen hours of college course work can be put toward re-certification. Intermediate/99 EMTs must have thirty six refresher hours and thirty six continuing education. These students may decide to take a competency exam, but only have one chance to take it and it must be taken six months before their certification expires. EMT-Paramedic Re-certification requires a re-certification report, education hours and active employment.
There are many programs available for those wanting to go into the EMT field. The first course is Basic Emergency Medical Technology. This course is and students learn basic procedures and safety. Students learn how to assess patients in real life emergency situations and while under pressure apply what they have learned to lend emergency aid. After completing this course students can take the EMT-B certification examination given by the state of Arizona and the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.
Next is the Intermediate Certification. This program teaches advanced skills that are required to become and EMT-I. Students learn life support operations, pharmacology, airway management and ventilation. The coursework and practical experience go hand in hand. The certificate earned with this course allows students to seek immediate gainful employment in the field as an EMT.
Emergency Medical Technology Paramedic Certificate is the next step in the process. Any student that has earned their EMT-B can take this course. Those looking to become a Paramedic will need this certification. Within this course, students will focus on medical assessment management, emergency response, and cardiovascular care. Upon completion of this class graduates will receive their EMT-P certificate and can look for work as a paramedic.
The last of the courses available is the Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine. Students with EMT-I and EMT-P certifications will fit nicely into this program. It teaches advanced skills such as pediatric life support, ECG interpretation, traumatic emergencies and health care systems. After taking this course those who graduate will be prepared to work in the field side by side with paramedics.