Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are a part of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel. EMTs are often the first responders to an emergency or accident site. In Indiana, if you are interested in becoming an EMT, you must enroll in a college program where you will be trained and certified in the field. The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) oversees the certification process in each state. In Indiana, the Indiana Ambulance Association (IAA) administers the test that certifies each new EMT.
Things You'll Need
- Access to a local college training program
- Access to the Internet
- High school diploma or GED
- CPR certification
Meet the minimum requirements to become an EMT in Indiana. You must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED. The IAA and NREMT requires each person pursuing this career to be certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Contact your college or the American Red Cross for CRP certification programs near you (see References).
Enroll in an Indiana accredited EMT training program. Visit the IAA's website for an updated list of colleges with EMT programs around the state of Indiana. The IAA also hosts online courses in conjunction with college courses taught on campus. These courses are intended to be a convenience for students with limited time, such as older adults and those who work full-time or have family responsibilities. Successfully complete your training and begin the process of becoming a certified EMT.
Apply for the EMT certification through the IAA. Visit the IAA's website to download an application. Be sure to meet the requirements before taking the examination. Once your application is received and approved, the IAA will send you a letter with the test date and location.
Pass the IAA's certification exam and apply for the NREMT's certification. In Indiana, you must apply for the NREMT's document of certification in addition to your state's certification. Visit the NREMT's website for contact information.
Apply for EMT jobs around the state of Indiana. Visit hospitals, outpatient care facilities and ambulance services around your area.
Consider becoming a member of a professional association such as the IAA or NREMT. Networking can be very beneficial in this field. Attend events hosted by these associations that are for networking and job seekers. Visit their online job boards to see new positions that are posted daily.
Apply for opportunities you are interested in Indiana. Once you have narrowed down your best options, send your resume to those employers. Include in your resume your education and training, your certification record, association memberships, experience, and excellent references.
Tips & Warnings
- Consider becoming a member of state and national EMT and EMS associations. These associations often award grant and scholarship assistance to EMT students.
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