EMT Training Connecticut (CT)

EMT Training

There are countable schools within Connecticut that provide EMT training. To become an EMT in Connecticut, students must complete EMT training in a state approved class or program. After completing training, students must pass the skills examination from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians to receive licensure or certification.

EMT License Requirement

  • 18 years of age (over 16 possible with prior approval from OEMS)
  • 150 hours EMT Basic training
  • Criminal background check, criminal records may result in rejection; if you have a criminal record it’s best to contact your local EMS Agency before you invest time and money
  • An EMT applicant must successfully complete a Department-approved Emergency Medical Technician program in Connecticut with a minimum of 150 hours (including written and practical examinations).
  • NREMT certification
  • High School diploma
  • Valid drivers license not a requisite for an EMT license but may be required for better job prospects

Educational Requirement

The first thing you should do is to find a local training facility and register for the 150 hour EMT Basic training. Before you contact the training facility you should get proof of immunization that you have and verify with the training facility what other immunizations you will need prior to registering. Training providers will also require a criminal background check which can be done at your local police station; details of this process can be obtained from the training provider.

It is absolutely crucial that you only register for an approved training course at a state approved facility.

Training courses are generally spread over a 6 week period and the price usually ranges between $600 and $1,500.

Application process

In order to submit an application an applicant must do the following:

  1. Complete the application
  2. Bring the application to your EMT training provider
  3. Upon successful completion of the training and related exams your instructor will complete the application and send it back to the OEMS
  4. Include payment of initial certification fee but contact the OEMS for details on exact fees (check or money order)

Examination Requirement

EMT 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 an applicant will need to register with the NREMT (http://www.nremt.org) and pay the $70 application fee. When the applicant is ready to take the exam they will need to get in touch with Pearson Vue (http://www.vue.com) who provides 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 course. Note that fees for this certificate may apply.

Once the applicant has received certification for both exams they will be issued with an NREMT certificate which is valid for 2 years; this certificate is needed for the state EMT license application.

Out-of-state EMTs

A student who holds licensing in another state will need to provide verification. He or she will have to fill part of a form found on the Department of Public Health website, then forward it to the EMS office in the other state.

Out-of state EMTs can be approved in connecticut on the basis of the following:

  • Licensure in a state which is in line with Connecticut requirements.
  • Current NREMT certification
  • Licensure in any of these states: Maine, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey or Vermont.

EMT Training Programs in connecticut

EMT Training Connecticut (CT)

Capital Community College

  • Capital Community College is located in Hartford and offers various certificate options.
  • The EMT Basic program is 160 hours long which is about a week only. 
  • students can major in emergency management response, paramedic, EMS instructor or fire science and can also receive a certificate or an associate’s degree.
  • The EMT Basic program is 160 hours long which is about a week only.

Courses offered

  1. EMT Basic Certificate
  2. Emergency Medical Services Instructor certificate
  3. Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic certificate
  4. EMT- Emergency Management Response Certificate.

Goodwin College

  • Goodwin College is also located in Hartford and offers a certificate in the paramedic course. 
  • The certificate program takes 4 semesters to complete and it is 30 credits in length.
  • The curriculum requires many EMT Paramedic courses, a field internship, a few clinical classes and also several anatomy and physiology courses.
  • The paramedic course is a typical next step for most EMTs as applicants for the program must have a certificate for EMT Basic or EMT Intermediate. 

Courses offered

  • Certificate in Paramedic- EMT. This course takes 4 years to complete.

Fairfield University

  • The courses at Fairfield University are taught by officers from Fairfield University’s Department of Public Safety.
  • Topics taught include cardio pulmonary resuscitation, safety at accident scenes and pediatric emergencies.
  • You will be trained in ambulance operations and dealing with dangerous materials

Tunxis Community College

  • Tunxis Community College has partnered with Bristol Hospital EMS and together they offer an EMT Basic course that takes place twice a week in the evening hours and sometimes on Saturdays.
  • The textbook, CPR manual and stethoscope are all inclusive of the fees.
  • In addition to the class work, you will also gain hands-on experience with Bristol EMS. 

EMT Online Training – Connecticut

Online training let’s you work at your own place. It makes it easier for students who are working to fit studying into their schedule.

The online training program prepares students for the NREMT practical and written examination. Students will be required to complete daily classes and attend weekly instructor led psycho-motor skills instruction needed to become an EMT.

  • Audio book
  • Flash cards
  • Digital textbook
  • Electronic homework assignment
  • Video base scenario simulation
  • Access to online lectures for each required chapter
  • Forum to communicate with staff and other students

FAQs

  • How long do I have once I complete class to take the exams?

We recommend you to take exams as soon as you graduate because the content is still fresh in your brain. Candidates have 2 years from course completion to get exams done.

  • Can I become an EMT if I have a disability?

Yes, we provide accommodation for disabled program participants. You can receive extra time for testing and reasonable accommodation for skills can be provided upon request and approval from OEMS. Requests should be made to your program director.

  • What tests do I need to take for certification?

You’ll need to take the NREMT written and practical exam. The practical exam tests you on skills such as medical patient assessment and trauma.

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