How Do I Become an EMT in Nebraska?

The Rundown of EMT Certification in Nebraska:

Prospective EMT candidates, who wish to get EMT certification in Nebraska, must pass an exam organized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). But, before this, they need to complete EMT training program from a state-approved training college or institute. EMT certification in Nebraska is valid for a period of two years only.

In regards to the NREMT exam, the candidate must pass the written exam, which is a test comprising around 70-120 questions that are required to be answered in 2 hours duration. This is an adjustable difficulty computerized exam. The exam includes topics, such as airway management, ventilation, oxygen therapy, EMS operations, cardiology, health emergencies, and general trauma. In the practical examination, a candidate’s capability to handle traumatic situations, such as fractures, bleeding, joint dislocations, etc., are tested. A candidate will also be tested on medical emergencies such as diabetic emergencies, strokes, cardiac arrest, etc. If a candidate fails in the examination, he/she can re-test for the next examination after 15 days. Six attempts can be made by the candidate to pass the exams successfully.

In case, you fail to renew your certificate before or by the expiration date, your certificate will be considered as involuntary inactive. If, after the expiration of the certificate, you fail to recertify it within 180 days, your certificate will get null and void, and you will have to undergo the entire certification cycle, again.

What are the Requirements to Get an EMT Certificate In Nebraska?

Following are the pre-requisites that should be fulfilled by the EMT candidates:

  • EMT candidate must be 18 years of age or more.
  • He/she should have completed a state-approved EMT training program.
  • He/she must possess a valid CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) certificate.
  • The candidate is required to qualify the NREMT examination.
  • It is mandatory for the candidates to submit legal evidence of their U.S. nationality.
  • The candidate should be free from any mental or bodily ailment.
  • English fluency is a must for every applicant.
  • The candidate must compulsorily pass a criminal background screening.

Apart from this, there are some special requirements that are also required to be accomplished, like submission of application and applicable fees, and completion of a state-recognized practical exam.

What is the Process of EMT Certification?

Step 1: Get EMT Training

The candidate must successfully complete EMT training before applying for certification. The candidate can contact the local EMS department or any community college that provides training programs.

Step 2: Submit Application for National Certification

In order to get a national certification, a candidate has to appear for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) exam. Once the candidate has attained the Nebraska license, the submission of NREMT certification for recertification is not necessary. The state of Nebraska makes use of the National Registry only for the purpose of examination. After obtaining the license, it is mandatory for the licensee to complete the Continuing Education (CE) training. If the candidate is nationally registered, he/she is not refrained from fulfilling the Continuing Education (CE) requirements in order to renew the Nebraska license.

  • The candidate should start by creating an account on the NREMT website. Click on “Create New Account”.
  • Next, the candidate must create a new application by clicking on “Create Initial Entry Application”.
  • Now, the applicable fee must be paid by the candidate soon after completion of the online application. Though, the application fee can also be paid afterward.
  • After the candidate is done with the online application, he/she must keep a check on its progress by regularly looking for “Authorization to Test” (ATT) Letter. This can be done by logging into the website through the password and username, subsequently clicking on the option of “Check Initial Entry Application Status”.
  • The candidate’s details have been submitted by the website if “Submitted” appears beside “Course Completion Verification”, and therefore, it indicates that the approval of the course completion by the education program director is being awaited.
  • Whereas, if “Not Submitted” appears beside “Application Payment”, it clearly means that the candidate must pay the application fee before proceeding further.
  • After the application payment and confirmation by the education program director, the link “Print ATT Letter” will appear.
  • The candidate is required to take a printed copy of his/her ATT Letter and set a timetable for the NREMT exam.

The ATT Letter directs the candidate on scheduling the NREMT examination by using ‘Pearson VUE’ website.

Step 3: Background Check

To complete the process of certification, the candidate must undergo a criminal background check. For this, the candidate can contact his/her course coordinator.

Step 4: License Application

The applicants have to fill the form available on:

Enclose documents, like age and name proof, driving license, military identification, birth certificate, citizenship evidence, marriage certificate and US passport, along with the duly filled form and mail it to:

Licensure Unit
Department of Health & Human Services- Public Health
P.O. Box- 94986
Lincoln, Nebraska- 68509-4986

Nebraska EMS Training Sites:

  • Creighton University – EMS Education
    Address: 2500, California Plaza, Omaha, Nebraska- 68178
    Contact Number: 402-280-2700
    Official Website:
  • Northeast Community College
    Address: 801, East Benjamin Avenue, Norfolk, Nebraska- 68701
    Contact Number: 402-371-2020
    Fax: 402-844-7400
    Official Website:
  • Metropolitan Community College
    Address: P.O. Box- 3777, Omaha, Nebraska-68103-0777
    Contact Number: 402-457-2400
    Official Website:
  • Southeast Community College- Lincoln
    Address: 8800, O Street, Lincoln, Nebraska-68520-1299
    Contact Number: 402-471-3333
    Fax: 402-437-2404
    Official Website:
  • Western Nebraska Community College
    Address: 1601, East 27th Street, Scottsbluff, Nebraska- 69361
    Contact Number: 308-635-3606
    Fax: 308-635-6100
    Official Website:
  • American Red Cross- Heartland Chapter
    Address: 2912, South 80th Avenue, Omaha, Nebraska- 68124
    Contact Number: 402-343-7700
    Official Website:
  • Bryan Health- Crete Area Medical Centre
    Address: 2910, Betten Drive, P.O. Box- 220, Crete, Nebraska- 68333
    Contact Number: 402-826-2102
    Fax: 402-826-7950
    Official Website:
  • Central Community College- Lexington
    Address: 1501, Plum Creek Parkway, P.O. Box- 827, Lexington, Nebraska-68850-0827
    Contact Number: 308-324-8481
    Fax: 308-324-8481
    Official Website:
  • Good Samaritan Hospital
    Address: 10, East 31st Street, Kearney, Nebraska- 68847
    Contact Number: 308-865-7100
    Official Website:
  • Mid-Plains Community College
    Address: 2520, South East Street, Broken Bow, Nebraska- 68822
    Contact Number: 308-872-5259
    Official Website:
  • Union College
    Address: 3800, South, 48th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska-68506
    Contact Number: 402-486-2600
    Official Website:

Nebraska EMT Contact Information:
Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509
Phone: (402) 471-3121

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