Exam Overview for EMT-Basic Exam
The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) was established in 1970 in response to a suggestion of the U.S. Committee on Highway Safety. Today, the NREMT is an independent, not-for-profit agency whose job is to certify that EMTs have the knowledge and skills to do their job—to save lives and preserve health. By setting uniform national standards for training, testing, and continuing education, the NREMT helps ensure patient safety throughout the United States.
In some states, the NREMT certification process is the only licensure process for EMTs. Other states have their own testing procedures. (A list of specific certification requirements for all 50 states,Washington,D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands appears in Chapter 8.) Nearly all states and U.S. territories base their curriculum and tests on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 1994 National Standard Curriculum for EMT-Basics. The NREMT exam uses the same curriculum to guide the construction of exam questions. Therefore, whether you will be taking a state test or the NREMT test, you will be learning and studying similar material. This book is based on the NREMT cognitive examination.
To apply for national registration as an EMT-Basic with the NREMT, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must be at least 18 years old.
- You must have successfully completed a stateapproved National Standard EMT-Basic training program within the last two years.
- If your state does not require national EMT-Basic registration, you must obtain official documentation of your current state EMT-Basic certification.
- You must have successfully completed all sections of a state-approved EMT-Basic practical exam within the past 12 months. This exam must equal or exceed all the criteria established by the National Registry.
- You must complete the felony statement on the application and submit the required documentation.
- You must submit current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) credentials from either the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.
- You must submit an acceptable application attesting to the satisfaction of the previous requirements.
- You must send a $70 nonrefundable/ nontransferable application fee (money order only). All fees must be made payable to the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and submitted with the application to cover processing of the application.
- You must successfully complete the National Registry EMT-Basic cognitive examination.
How to Apply
When you have met all the requirements and are ready to take the exam, contact the NREMT to obtain an application and to find out where you can take the test in your state.Write or call the NREMT at:
National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
P.O. Box 29233 Columbus, OH 43229
When you contact the National Registry, you will find out whether the examination is administered through your state EMT office or whether you need to make individual arrangements to take the exam.
Finally, you must submit an application to the National Registry stating that you have met all the requirements, accompanied by the registration fee. You can also fill out an NREMT application online by going to:
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