EMT Training for State Certification

Classroom instruction provides students with the knowledge and background to enter the work force as an EMT. Students are taught how to assess the nature and extent of injury or illness in order to establish and prioritize procedures that need to be followed as well as develop skills to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation and use semi-automatic defibrillation equipment. Lab sessions provide practice time with basic and specialized equipment and computerized learning tools help students achieve high levels of competency. At the end of the program, students are tested on 10 core skills. Successful completion of these skills, along with an average grade of 75% in class and passing a comprehensive exam, are necessary to sit for EMT state certification.

How to Become and EMT - EMT B Certification

After completing this certificate/area of specialization, students are eligible to take the National Registry Exam to become certified in the State of Ohio as a basic emergency medical technician (EMT). The EMT cares for patients at the scene of an incident and while taking patients by ambulance to a hospital. An EMT has the skills to assess a patient's condition and to manage respiratory, cardiac and trauma emergencies. This certificate/area of specialization also serves as a prerequisite for paramedic training.

EMT Class

EMTS 1010 Emergency Medical Technician

Certification requirements to be an EMT are:

  • Maintain a 75% grade average in the class
  • Complete 20 hours of clinical time
  • Pass the final comprehensive exam
  • Successfully pass the National Registry written exam with a 70%
  • Be 18 years of age at the time of state certification
  • Possess a valid driver's license
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
EMT Training FAQs
How long does it take to become an EMT in Ohio?

To become a certified EMT in Ohio, the minimum required training is 150 hours of combined class, lab and clinical work, which typically takes 4-6 months to complete. Additionally, candidates must pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam in order to be certified. The exam requires applicants to schedule their tests in advance, and the results are usually available within a few days of taking the test.

What is the EMT-B Certification?

The EMT certification is a certification offered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). It is the basic level of certification for Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). To become an EMT, one must complete a state-approved EMT course, hold a valid American Heart Association BLS certification, pass a criminal background check, and pass the NREMT EMT certification exam. The certification is valid for two years and must be renewed to remain certified.

Are there age requirements for becoming an EMT?

Yes, there are age requirements for becoming an EMT. In Ohio, you must be at least 18 years of age to participate in any EMS clinical training or internship. High school students are eligible to take the EMT course at Lakeland Community College through College Credit Plus, as long as they are at least 17 years of age and in their senior year of high school.

How much does the EMT basic class cost?

The EMTS 1010 class is an 8 credit hour course. Please view our tuition and fees schedule for up-to-date costs.

What skills will I learn in the EMTS 1010 class?

In EMTS 1010, you will learn a variety of skills related to emergency medical care. You will learn medical terminology, how to assess patients, and many different hands-on, life-saving skills. These skills include how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED), how to administer oxygen, how to use a bag-valve mask, how to perform CPR, how to manage airways, and how to use a backboard and cervical collar. You will also learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of common medical conditions, how to assess patients, and how to respond to medical emergencies.

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