In this career, your responsibilities may include:
- Responding to emergency calls, and assessing patient condition and performing emergency medical procedures in the field.
- Safely transporting patients to hospital – usually in an ambulance, but sometimes by helicopter or airplane.
- Documenting observations of patient condition and what treatment was provided, and communicating these with doctors and nurses upon arrival at hospital.
- Administering medications and operating complex medical equipment, such as EKGs – medical privileges that Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) do not share.
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Typically requires a non-degree certificate or an associate degree. Obtaining a bachelor’s degree would allow you to work in allied health careers with greater responsibility and higher salaries, if you do not already have the U.S. equivalent of a bachelor’s degree.
EMT certification is required to begin paramedic training, and paramedic certification is typically required for licensure. Certification is by state, rather than through a national association, although many states accept the certifications from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).