Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians (AEMT) are EMTs that have undergone training in limited advanced life support practices. The AEMT certificate and training is seen as a stepping stone to becoming an EMT Paramedic, the highest level achievable. If you are looking for Paramedic specific information then take a look at Paramedic Training in UT.
The following is a list of requirements you will need to satisfy prior to becoming a licensed EMT in the State of Utah:
- 18 years of age
- EMT certification
- Criminal background check, criminal records may result in rejection; if you have a criminal record it’s best to contact your local EMS Agency before you invest time and money
- CPR course certificate
- 100 hours Advanced EMT training
- High School diploma
- Valid drivers license not a requisite for an EMT license but may be required for better job prospects
Before you do anything you should find a local EMS training provider and register for the 100 hour (minimum) Advanced EMT training. Before you contact the training facility it is best to get proof of immunization that you have and verify with the training facility what other immunizations will be needed prior to registration.
A lot of training providers will require that you have a valid CPR certification card before you start the course, so it is advisable to check with the training providers if they offer CPR training as well if your CPR certification is out of date.
It is absolutely crucial that you only register for an approved training course at a state approved facilityThe Utah Bureau of Emergency Medical Services provides a great search function for scheduled courses (https://bems.utah.gov/bems/do/courseScheduleAction?dispatch=viewSearch)
Training courses are generally spread over a 6 week period and the price usually ranges between $800 and $1,300.
You must complete a criminal background check in order to become a licenced EMT, and this process may require fingerprinting if you have lived outside the state of Utah. More information is available here: http://www.health.utah.gov/ems/certification/background.html
In order to submit an application an applicant must do the following:
1) Complete the application form (http://www.health.utah.gov/ems/certification/application.pdf)
2) Bring the application to your EMT training provider
3) Upon successful completion of the training and related exams your instructor will complete the application and send it back to the OEMS
4) Submit a photo with your application
5) Submit copy of valid CPR certificate
6) Submit documentation of completed courses in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support
7) Submit payment of initial certification fee of $160 plus $35 for fingerprinting (check or money order)
8) Submit criminal background check results
9) Submit tuberculosis test results
10) Submit course completion documentation
Once you have completed the EMT course you can apply to do both the written and practical examinations. You can pply for these through your training instructor, and you will have to successfully pass before you can be fully licensed.
Knowing all these steps in advance will greatly help in planning your training and ensuring a quick and efficient process as possible.