How to Become an EMT in Washington D.C.

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EMTs are often the difference between life and death.
EMTs are often the difference between life and death. (Image: Siri Stafford/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Emergency Medical Technicians, or EMTs, are dispatched by 911 operators to accident or injury scenes where they work with fire fighters and police. EMTs assess a patient's condition and try to determine whether they have pre-existing conditions. The EMTs then provide emergency medical care and transport the patients to a hospital or clinic. To become an EMT in Washington, D.C., you'll need to complete a state approved training program and then register with the state.

Find an available course in your area. Contact local colleges and universities to find out if they offer EMT certification. Two colleges in the Washington D.C. area that offer EMT training are George Washington University and Northern Virginia Community College. The costs will vary depending upon where you take the class, but you can expect to pay upwards of $1,000.

Choose the course you want to take. Usually, you can take a basic course, an intermediate course or a paramedic course. Which one you choose will depend upon what you can afford and your time constraints. It takes about 130 hours to train to be an EMT and 824 hours to train to be a paramedic, the highest level of EMT.

Complete the course successfully.

Register with the National Registry for EMTs (see Resources) to get your certification.

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