EMT Boot Camp* Survivor Tells Her Story

EMT Boot Camp* isn’t for the weak of heart. Or mind. EMT Boot Camp* is intense training. Students enter EMT Boot Camp* with little to no EMT skills, and leave as survivors, and as highly trained medical responders, ready to take the NREMT and begin their EMT careers.

Get a first hand look into the action: watch Jessica, an EMT Boot Camp* Survivor, tell her story. Jessica came to Unitek Education’s EMT Boot Camp* after graduating with her Bachelors from UC Davis. She plans to continue her education as she pursues her goal of becoming a Physicians Assistant (PA). Her time at Unitek Education prepared her well for the medical field. Not only were the instructors’ lessons informational and engaging, but every subject taught in the classroom was also practiced on the field. Jessica got hands-on experience in all subject matter. From removing someone from an accident, to tourniqueting arms, to proper IV maintenance, Jessica and her peers in EMT Boot Camp* practiced it all.

Jessica went above and beyond the call of duty to complete the EMT Boot Camp*. She said it was the “best course” she could have taken on her journey to becoming a PA. You can watch the video on YouTube here.

*Boot Camp training = intensive on-campus education with daily lectures and hands-on skills labs.

The Difference Between EMT Certification Levels

Not all EMTs are created equal. To the outside world, it probably seems that anyone in the front of an ambulance is a paramedic. But that is not the case. There are actually three different types of emergency medical technicians, only the highest of which is a paramedic. These different certifications give their holders different rights to do different jobs. There are three levels of EMT certification: basic level, intermediate level, and paramedic level. Below is a review of all three levels: the requirements to obtain the certification, the job duties of each level, and the career opportunities at each level.

 

EMTs of all levels work together on the job

EMTs of all levels work together on the job

EMT – Basic training level
EMT-Basic certification, also known as EMT-B certification, is the entry-level EMT certification. Basic certification courses train students in basic EMT skills. Most basic certification courses are two-part: a skills course and a lab course. The basic skills course teaches how to assess patient condition and provide basic care for common conditions. The basic lab portion of the course is where students practice these skills. At minimum, EMT-Bs have accumulated about 110 hours of training. The job duties of an EMT-B include providing basic life support functions and performing non-invasive procedures.

Beware: where you receive your EMT-Basic certification determines how many skills you have as an EMT-B, and your opportunities to move further in your career. While all EMT-B programs require CPR certification in order to graduate, the development of more advanced skills may be neglected. For example, some programs make no mention of IVs in their EMT Basic training because it isn’t a requirement. But in the real world, EMT-Bs will be faced with patient transport involving IVs. Unitek Education’s EMT-B program teaches IV maintenance, enabling EMT-B grads to understand IV basics and take care of patients with IVs. EMT-B training that includes more advanced skills may be harder, but it is worth it. When you are out in the field, there is absolutely no worse feeling that being unprepared, or unable to do what needs to be done to save a patient. Put in the work at the beginning, and you (and your patients) will be glad you did.
 

EMT – Intermediate training level
EMT-Intermediate certification, also known as EMT-I certification is the next step in EMT certification. Intermediate certification courses train students in more complicated procedures. In most states, EMT-Basic certification must be obtained before enrolling in an EMT-Intermediate course, because it builds on skills learned in the EMT-basic course. EMT-Is have accumulated 200-400 hours of training, and are thus cleared to perform more advanced duties. EMT-Intermediate certificate holders can insert IVs, intubate patients, and in some states, administer drugs.
 

EMT – Paramedic training level
EMT-Paramedic certification is the highest level of EMT certification. To begin an EMT-Paramedic course, students usually have obtained both EMT-Basic and EMT-Intermediate certifications. Paramedics complete about two years of training. EMT-Paramedic certification courses focus on the more advanced practice of medicine, like pharmacology, cardiology, and anatomy. To graduate from paramedic school, students must complete an internship working in a hospital or ambulance. Paramedics have the largest range of job duties: including, but not limited to, all duties of lower-level EMTs, reading labs, EKGs, and X-rays, and manual defibrillation.
 

Continuing education
At every level of certification, EMTs must attend and complete additional training courses to keep their knowledge up-to-date and learn new technologies and methods. Keeping an EMT license requires that EMTs keep current with their EMT education. Depending on the state the EMT is certified in, licenses must be renewed every two to three years. Unitek Education offers a short yet intensive 3-Day EMT Refresher Program that provides the 24 hours of continuing education required for EMT state recertification by NREMT guidelines.

License renewal isn’t the only reason for continuing education. The best EMTs use continuing education as a means to further develop their skills in order to become a better and more effective at their jobs. Unitek Education offers an ALS to BLS course as a 1 day workshop, which prepares EMTs to assist paramedics and hospital staff in a variety of ways, including 12-lead electrocardiograms, nebulized medication, IV and IO administration and monitoring, CPCP, endotracheal tube insertion, and more. EMTs who go above and beyond their basic job duties are invaluable – to their coworkers and their patients.
 

Regulations vary by state
It is best to obtain your EMT certification in the state in which you’d like to practice, or a state with stricter regulations that the state in which you’d like to practice. This is because regulations and requirements vary state-to-state. Some states require the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam to be passed for all three certification levels, while others only require it for EMT-P. California is one of the strictest states in terms of EMT certification requirements. In order to become a certified EMT-B in California, students must pass the NREMT and accumulate at least 120 hours of training.
 

About Unitek Education
Unitek Education is the premier EMT training provider in the United States. Our mission is simple: training the next wave of EMT professionals. We offer a variety of training options to fit your needs. Unitek Education’s instructors are experienced leaders in their fields, and our ultra-real-world training scenarios are ideal for both new and seasoned students, with training the covers all major aspects of emergency medical services.

 
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Time to Re-certify Your NREMT?

Your National EMS Certification is one of the most important EMS certification you can obtain. Holding your EMS certification demonstrates that you meet the national standards of the EMS profession. To ensure that all EMTs are up-to-date on technical innovations in patient care and emergency medical services, certification must be renewed every two years.

EMTs are constantly learning, both on and off the field, in part because there will always be a situation or patient that presents issues you have never seen before, and in part because medicine and technology is continuously improving.

To apply for recertification you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be actively working within the EMS field, using your EMT-Basic skills.
  2. Complete the educational requirements before the March 31st deadline.
  3. Complete the recertification report, and submit report before the March 31st deadline.
  4. Demonstrate EMS competency through re-examination or continuing education.
  • 4a. Re-examination: Between October 1st and March 15th, complete a “Recertification by Examination” application. You will receive an Authorization to Test (sometimes referred to as ATT). From there, you can take the National EMS Certification exam.
  • 4b. Continuing Education (CE): Complete the sufficient number of continuing education hours throughout the year to complete this section. This is a two-part deal:

Part I The first part of meeting CE requirements is to complete an approved EMT Refresher. There are two options here. One option is to take a traditional refresher course (an approved DOT National Standard EMT-Basic/EMT Refresher). The second option it to complete continuing education “topical hours”. (Beware that some states only accept the traditional refresher course and not topical hours, so refer check your state requirements.) The “topical hours” must meet the following requirements:

Topic Hours Required
Preparatory 1 hour
Airway 2 hours
OB, Infants, Children 2 hours
Patient Assessment 3 hours
Medical/Behavior 4 hours
Trauma 4 hours
Elective 8 hours
Total 24 hours

Part II The second part of meeting CE requirements is to complete 48 hours of additional EMS Related Continuing Education. You can apply the following towards your Additional Continuing Education hours:

  • 24 hours can be applied from any one topic area (preferably something you are really interested in, and want to specialize in!)
  • 16 hours can be applied from the following courses: ABLS, AMLS, BTLS, NALS, PEPP, PHTLS, PPC
  • 12 hours can be applied from the following courses: Teaching CPR, Emergency Driving, Dispatch Training
  • 24 hours of CECBEMS approved Distributive Education
  • 24 hours of college courses including but not limited to: Anatomy/Physiology, Pharmacology, Cellular Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Microbiology

    Re-certification is an important part of being at EMT

    Re-certification is an important part of being at EMT

Obviously the above add up to more than 48 hours. Feel free to pick and choose the areas that most interest you, and put your CE hours into them. In doing so, you will enjoy your Continuing Education, and you will be honing your EMS specialty – making you a highly desirable employee. 6. Obtain verification of skills from your Training Program Director or Physician Medical Director.
7. Obtain CPR certification current through at least March 31st. And there you have it! Follow steps 1 through 6 and you will be fully prepared to successfully pass recertification.     
About Unitek EducationUnitek Education is the premier EMT training provider in the United States. Our mission is simple: training the next wave of EMT professionals. We offer a variety of training options to fit your needs. Unitek Education’s instructors are experienced leaders in their fields, and our ultra-real-world training scenarios are ideal for both new and seasoned students, with training the covers all major aspects of emergency medical services.Unitek Education
4670 Automall Parkway
Fremont, CA 94538
(888)790-1458
 

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