The following is a list of requirements you will need to satisfy prior to becoming a licensed EMT in the State of NY:
- 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 the 140 hour EMT Basic training. 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 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 $1,000 and $1,500.
A lot of approved training facilities also offer CPR certification courses. It would make sense for you to choose a training facility that does indeed offer both the EMT and CPR training courses. You 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 license application.
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 you will need to register with the NREMT (http://www.nremt.org) and pay the $70 application fee. When you are ready to take the exam you 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 course. Note that fees for this certificate may apply.
Once you have 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.
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/forms/doh-65.pdf)
- Include certificate of EMT 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.