How to Become an EMT in North Carolina


Emergency medical technicians in North Carolina must receive certification from the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services, the OEMS. Applicants must complete a North Carolina-approved education program for certification. If you already have EMT certification from another jurisdiction, you may be able to obtain OEMS certification without acquiring any further education. A North Carolina EMT is the entry level for emergency personnel in the state. With experience and further training, you can increase your certification level. EMTs provide first-responder care to patients through ambulance services or as medical personnel at events.

Complete your high school education. You must have at least a high school diploma or GED to begin EMT training.

Complete a North Carolina-approved EMT educational program. An EMT program consists of at least 169 hours of classroom learning and practical exercises and covers topics such as physiology, emergency procedures and diagnostic processes. Some schools may require that you have CPR certification or pass a reading test before you begin the program. Check with individual schools to learn specific entry requirements. You can find a list of institutions offering EMT training programs at the North Carolina website.

Complete a scope of practice evaluation. Your school will administer this evaluation along with representatives from the North Carolina OEMS. In this evaluation, you will be tested on your ability to react to emergency situations through simulations and drills. When you pass this evaluation, as well as your final written exams, you will be certified to practice as an EMT in North Carolina.

Apply for jobs with North Carolina EMS agencies. Once you have attained your certification, you can apply for jobs as an EMT. Application processes vary depending on the organizations with which you apply, but you should expect to include proof of your EMT certification as well as information on your criminal, education and employment history. You may also need to provide copies of your fingerprints as well as medical records showing that you are free of any communicable diseases.

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