How to Become An EMT In Virginia

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Emergency medical technicians manage the initial care of injured patients during natural disasters and other emergency events. EMTs in Virginia are trained to recognize the nature of a patient's injuries, administer care to stabilize the patient, and then move the patient into a position that minimizes further injury but makes them as comfortable as possible. EMT training in Virginia begins at the EMT-Basic level. Applicants successful in receiving a Virginia EMT-Basic certification are certified for four years.

  • Comply with age and skill requirements. All EMTs must be proficient in the English language and be able to speak, write, read and comprehend English easily. Applicants as young as 16 can enroll in the EMT-Basic training classes and obtain certification with the permission of a parent or guardian.

  • Enroll in a cardiopulmonary resuscitation class and get certified. The American Red Cross and the American Heart Association offer CPR certification classes at locations throughout the United States. All students enrolling in a Virginia EMT course must obtain a CPR certification prior to applying.

  • Complete the appropriate training program required for the EMT-Basic certification. EMT-Basic training is a combination of 110 hours of classroom instruction and 10 hours of field training. Programs take about four months to complete. Contact your local Virginia rescue squad for a list of programs in your area, or visit the Virginia Department of Health online to view a list of state-approved programs.

  • Pass the licensing exam. After the completion of the EMT training program you will have the opportunity to take the state licensing exam. The two-part exam includes a written test and a practical demonstration. You must pass both parts to qualify for an EMT-Basic license.

  • Renew your certification every four years. EMT-Basic certification renewal requires 36 hours of continuing education courses and the completion of a renewal application.

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