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EMT Training Connecticut (CT)

If you are looking for Paramedic specific information then take a look at Paramedic Training in CT, for Advanced EMT specific info take a look at AEMT Training in CT.

The following is a list of requirements you will need to satisfy prior to becoming a licensed EMT in the State of Connecticut:

  • 18 years of age (over 16 possible with prior approval from OEMS)
  • 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
  • 150 hours EMT Basic training
  • NREMT certification
  • High School diploma
  • Valid drivers license not a requisite for an EMT license but may be required for better job prospects

Step 1

The first thing you should do is is to find a local training facility and register for the 150 hour EMT Basic training. Before you contact the training facility you should get proof of immunization that you have and verify with the training facility what other immunizations you will need prior to registring. Training providers will also require a criminal background check which can be done at your local police station; details of this process can be obtained from the training provider.

It is absolutely crucial that you only register for an approved training course at a state approved facility. For a full list of approved training providers see here: http://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/ems/pdf/course_list_070212.pdf

Training courses are generally spread over a 6 week period and the price usually ranges between $600 and $1,500.

Step 2

In order to submit an application an applicant must do the following:

1) Complete the application form (http://www.ct.gov/dph/lib/dph/ems/pdf/emsapp2a_(3)_fillable.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) Include payment of initial certification fee but contact the OEMS for details on exact fees (check or money order)

Step 3

EMT license applicants must pass the NREMT exams, which are made up of two parts, a written cognitive exam and a psychomotor exam. For the written exam an applicant will need to register with the NREMT (http://www.nremt.org) and pay the $70 application fee. When the applicant is ready to take the exam they will need to get in touch with Pearson Vue (http://www.vue.com) who provide the computer based testing for the NREMT exam.

For the psychomotor examination you should check with your EMT training provider whether they are able to provide such certification in conjunction with the EMT course. Note that fees for this certificate may apply.

Once the applicant has received certification for both exams they will be issued with an NREMT certificate which is valid for 2 years; this certificate is needed for the state EMT license application.

Knowing all these steps in advance will greatly help in planning your training and ensuring a quick and efficient process as possible.

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