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becoming an emt

Postby harold » Mon Jun 18, 2007 6:57 am

so ive noticed alot of people saying they work as an emt for an EC. 1. how good of an EC is this compared to volunteering, shadowing etc. and 2. how do you go about becoming an emt? thanks
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Re: becoming an emt

Postby jhtran » Mon Jun 18, 2007 1:36 pm

harold wrote:so ive noticed alot of people saying they work as an emt for an EC. 1. how good of an EC is this compared to volunteering, shadowing etc. and 2. how do you go about becoming an emt? thanks


I know that EC from emt is just as good as EC volunteering, if not better. One reason behind this is EMT has much more responsibility. When you are on board, you are the man. No one look over your shoulder, no one tell you what to do, the only one who whine are patients. I've tried volunteering in the hospital, and it is really hard to kill someone. However, being a paramedic, my negligence could kill 70% of our patients. So there is a huge difference.

I don't know about shadowing.

How to become an EMT? Easy, take a course at your Community College (university doesn't offer EMT) and take the test. Depending on where you live, you could take the state or national registry exam. If you pass, you get your license in the mail. If you dont... take it again. Course are valid for 2 years, clinical 1 year.

hope this help,

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Postby Emmccull » Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:19 am

I am actually working an EMS shift at this moment. I became an EMT for the premed experience and I have loved every part of it. I have been volunteering for a year and a half now. It has been great experience. Don't just get your cert to look good. You need to actually use it for it to really count. Look into volunteering or getting a tech job at the hospital. In my town they only hire medics for EMS, but if you can get on an EMS service, I would recommend that too.

Check local trade schools and community colleges for EMT basic training. I've actually just started to hear about some that offer most of the class work online, you only have to come in for the labs. Good Luck!
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Postby harold » Thu Jun 21, 2007 12:23 pm

what exactly is a tech job at a hostpital?
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Postby hotdog » Thu Jun 21, 2007 2:29 pm

harold wrote:what exactly is a tech job at a hostpital?


Assisting the nurses... so basically cleaning up patients, transporting patients, running lab specimens, EKG's, apply spints, teach crutch walking, do compressions, bag patients, draw blood, stocking hospital equipment etc. Basically whatever nurses could train you to do.
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