Differences in Training Emergency medical technician programs are available at community colleges, hospitals, and fire departments. There are several levels of EMT training.
The first is EMT-Basic.
This program offers courses in patient assessment, trauma, and cardiac emergencies. Students learn how to use and care for equipment, such as backboards, suction tools, and oxygen systems. This program is preparation for the next two levels of training.
The second level is EMT-Intermediate training.
Students may attend classes called EMT-Shock Trauma. This program teaches how to give intravenous (IV) fluids and some medications. Students may also study EMTCardiac where they learn about heart rhythms and how to give more advanced medications. This level of training usually requires 35 to 55 hours of instruction.
The most advanced level of training is EMT-Paramedic.
This program lasts up to two years. EMTs usually receive pay while completing this level of training because it requires extensive field experience. After completing this level, students receive an associate’s degree.
The military provides excellent training for this occupation. A military training program in emergency medical care takes up to 54 weeks to complete.