Education Requirements for an EMT 2 Certification

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) assist individuals who are involved in medical emergencies, such as heart attacks or car accidents. EMT-2, also known as EMT-Intermediate, is the second-level title available for EMTs. This article discusses the education and certification requirements for EMT-2s.

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EMT-2 Educational Requirements

To enroll in EMT-2 training programs, individuals must meet some basic eligibility requirements. They must be at least 18 years old, have completed the equivalent of a high school education and have finished EMT-Basic training programs. All EMT-2 students must be currently licensed with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) as EMT-Basics, which would include holding current CPR certification. Programs may include additional requirements, such as being vaccinated for diseases or having a certain level of mathematical competency.

The instruction provided in EMT-2 training programs can vary greatly from state to state. These programs require their students to have obtained anywhere from 30-350 hours of training, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov). EMT-2 training programs build upon the knowledge previously gained in EMT-Basic programs. Students receive more advanced training in dealing with traumatic situations and administering medical care to patients. This can include advanced airway skills, proper administration of intravenous fluids and drawing blood. EMT-2 education also includes understanding things such as:

  • Defibrillator use
  • Spinal immobilization
  • Medication administration
  • Bleeding control
  • Traumatic support

Certification Information

In order to become an EMT-2, a student must complete an approved training program and obtain EMT-Intermediate certification from the NREMT. All states require that individuals become certified in order to legally work in the field. To obtain certification, candidates must pass both cognitive and psychomotor exams, which involve demonstrating intermediate-level emergency skills.

After receiving certification, individuals must complete continuing education, actively work in emergency settings and re-register every two years to remain EMT-2s. Some of the areas of continuing education available include:

  • Children and infant care
  • Trauma situations
  • Medical emergencies
  • Airway, breathing and cardiology
  • Obstetrics and pediatrics

Career and Salary Information

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that EMTs and paramedics earned an annual median salary of $31,020 in May 2012. For the years 2010-2020, the BLS also predicts a 33% employment growth for paramedics and EMTs.

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