EMT-I have undergone training in limited advanced life support practices. Through this advanced training they are able to treat patients using more advanced methods than an EMT-B. If you are looking for Paramedic specific information then take a look at Paramedic Training in NY.
The following is a list of requirements you will need to satisfy prior to becoming a licensed Advanced EMT (AEMT) in the State of California:
- 18 years of age
- High School diploma
- Valid drivers license
- Department of Health EMS Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate Certificate
- Criminal background check, criminal records may result in rejection; if you have a criminal record review the information in this link: http://www.health.ny.gov/nysdoh/ems/pdf/09-05.pdf)
- NY State CPR course certificate
- NREMT certification
Find a local approved training facility and register for EMT Intermediate training; note that some training facilities also refer to Advanced EMT (AEMT). Prior to contacting the training facility you should get proof of immunization and verify with the training facility what other immunizations you will need prior to registering.
It is very important that you only register for an approved training program at a state approved facility, as non-approved course will not be allowed for an EMT-I license.
For a full list of approved training providers see here: http://www.health.ny.gov/nysdoh/ems/pdf/csponsors.pdf
Training programs are usually spread over a 3 to 5 month period and cost usually ranges between $900 and $1,500.
A lot of approved training facilities also offer CPR certification and refresher courses. If you already has a CPR card, they should make sure that it is still valid. It would make sense for you to choose a training facility that does offer both the EMT-I and CPR training courses. Applicants should also talk to the training provider about the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) psychomotor examination and whether they will be able to provide such a certificate (see next step).
Upon completion you will receive a certificate that is needed for the state EMT-I license application.
EMT-I license applicants must pass the NREMT exams, which are made up of two parts, a written cognitive exam and a psychomotor exam. For the written exam you will need to register with the NREMT (http://www.nremt.org) and pay the $100 application fee. When you are ready to take the exam they will need to get in touch with Pearson Vue (http://www.vue.com) who provide the computer based testing for the NREMT exam.
For the psychomotor examination you should check with your EMT training provider whether they are able to provide such certification in conjunction with the EMT-I course. Note that this exam tests the applicant for 11 separate skills.
Once you have received certification for both exams you will be issued with an NREMT certificate which is valid for 2 years; this certificate is needed for the state EMT-I license application
For some tips and recommendations on preparing for these exams take a look at our Preparing For NREMT Exams page.
EMT Applicants must undergo a criminal background check as part of the application process. If you have a criminal conviction make sure that you send in the application form from step 1 unsigned. The NY Bureau of EMS will get in contact with you with instructions about how to proceed.
In order to submit an application an applicant must do the following:
- Complete the New York State EMS Agency’s EMT application form (http://www.health.ny.gov/nysdoh/ems/main.htm)
- Include certificate of EMT-I course
- Include documentation of passing NREMT exams
- Include proof of NY State CPR course completion
- Include copy of valid legal photo ID
Knowing all these steps in advance will greatly help in planning your training and ensuring a quick and efficient process as possible.