The thought of going through the process of becoming an EMT can be daunting, however, if the proper amount of homework is done, it is not too difficult of a task.
Start by Taking an EMT Class
You can get EMT certification by taking an EMT class which can last anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the method of class which suits your schedule. EMSU offers a wide variety of courses depending on the method of instruction preferred.
What Types of EMT classes are available?
Currently, EMS University offers the EMT Fast Track Course, the EMT Boot Camp crash course, an Accelerated EMT Class, and a Traditional EMT course session. Each of these class sections has its own unique advantages, depending on what is going on in the student’s life or their goals. For example, the EMT Fast Track and Boot Camp classes are very fast paced. The Fast Track course is completed over a period of a month typically, while the Boot Camp class can be finished in a matter of a few weeks. This can be very advantageous for a dedicated student or for a person with prior medical or a public safety background / training. Former EMTs or Paramedics, medical students and/or nurses may choose these types of courses, however, anyone can succeed with the right level of effort.
The Accelerated courses and traditional EMT class are designed with the working professional in mind. They are typically taught on evenings or weekends and spread out over a time spanning 2-4 months. This seems to be a good fit for many students, especially those with jobs during the daytime.
How do I get certified after I graduate from the EMT class?
In order to get certified, you must pass the final written and practical examinations as well as take and pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician’s EMT Cognitive Examination. The NREMT examination consists of all the information you learned within the EMT course and you are required to pass it in order to become an EMT in the state. This entire process can take anywhere from 2-3 business days plus the processing time for the state which is generally a few weeks at the most, unless there is an issue with your application. Contact the Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of EMS for further details. So all in all, it can take as little as 2 to 6 months or more to be EMT certified in the state of Arizona.