EMT Certification Rundown:
Students must complete EMT training from a state-approved institute in order to get EMT certification in Alabama. Students receive their EMT certification from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, which provide registration to all the emergency medical technicians from all over the country. The student needs to pass both the written and practical NREMT exams, and then, they are certified as national EMT.
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.
What is required to obtain EMT certification in Alabama?
- The prospective candidate must be at least 18 years old.
The candidate must have completed his/her training from a state-approved training program in Alabama.
- A CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) certification should be submitted by the candidate.
- The candidate must have successfully passed the required NREMT exam in Alabama.
- The candidate should be mentally and physically fit.
- The candidate must be fluent in reading and writing English.
- A background check is also compulsory to be certified as an EMT in Alabama.
- A proof of citizenship in Alabama is also required to be submitted by the candidate.
Other EMT Certificate Considerations:
- The candidate must submit an application along with the applicable fees to the state.
- The candidate must have passed a state approved EMT exam.
What is the EMT Certification Process?
The process of EMT certification goes as follows:
Step 1: Take EMT Training
First of all, the student needs to take EMT training, but only from a state-approved training college or institute. In Alabama, there are five levels of EMT certification- Emergency Medical Responder, EMT-Basics, EMT-Intermediate, Advanced EMT, as well as Paramedic.
Step 2: Apply for National Certification
The exam for national certification is set by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). The candidate must create an account first, if he/she needs to apply for certification. This is done in the following process:
- The candidate needs to create his/her account on the NREMT website- http://www.nremt.org/, by clicking on the option of “Create New Account”.
- Next, click on the option of “Create Initial Entry Application”. This will create a new application through which, the candidate can apply for the exam.
- Now, the candidate should pay the fees. It is better if he/she pays the application fee soon after completing the online application. Though, the candidate can also pay later.
- After you have applied for the exam, you are required to check the status of your application from time to time, and check for your Authorization to Test (ATT) letter. You will find the letter on the homepage of NREMT website by logging in with the password and username through which, you created your account. Here, click on the option of “Check Initial Entry Application Status”.
- If the website has submitted your details to the program you opted for, you will find ‘Submitted’ written next to the option of ‘Course Completion Verification’. This also indicates that it is waiting for approval from the program director.
- However, if you see the option of ‘Not Submitted’ written next to the option of ‘Application Payment’ on your account, it means that you need to pay the fees before you get an ATT letter.
- If you have paid the fees, and the course completion has been authorized by the education program director, this option will appear – “Print ATT Letter”.
- Now, take out the print out of your ATT Letter and schedule or fix the date of your exam.
Important: The option of “Print ATT Letter” will appear on your NREMT account, only after completion of the verification process.
The ATT Letter will mention the instructions as to how the candidate can schedule his/her examination via “Pearson VUE” website.
However, the NREMT practical exams will be managed by state-approved training programs.
Step 3: Apply for the License
The third step that needs to be fulfilled by the candidate is the completion of “EMS Individual Licensure Application” process. The prerequisites for the application are a check on the background of the candidate, as well as a licensed photo.
Step 4: Background Check
The Prospective EMT or Paramedic will have to pass a criminal background check.
EMS Training Centers in Alabama:
- Bevill State Community College
Address: P.O. Box- 800, Sumiton, Alabama- 35148
Contact Number: 205-648-3271
- Calhoun Community College
Address: 6250, Highway 31 North, Tanner, Alabama- 35671
Contact Number: (256) 306-2500
- Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards Commission
Address: 2501, Phoenix Drive, Tuscaloosa, Alabama- 35405
Contact Number: 800-241-2467 (toll free)
Fax Number: 205-391-3747
- Central Alabama Community College
Address: 34091, US Highway- 280, Childersburg, Alabama- 35044
Contact Number: 256-378-5576
Fax Number: 256-378-2027
- Faulkner State Community College
Address: 1900, Highway 31 South, Bay Minette, Alabama- 36507
Contact Number: (251) 580-2100
- Chattahoochee Valley Community College
Address: 2602, College Drive, Phenix City, Alabama- 36869
Contact Number: 334-291-4900
- Gadsden State Community College
Address: 1001, George Wallace Drive, Gadsden, Alabama- 35903
Contact Number: (256) 549-8200
- Herzing University
Address: 280, West Valley Avenue, Birmingham, Alabama- 35209
Contact Number: (205) 916-2800
- Jefferson Davis Community College
Address: PO Box 958, Brewton, Alabama- 36427
Contact Number: 251-809-1594
Fax Number: 251-809-1596
Official Website: http://www.jdcc.edu/mainindex.php
- Jefferson State Community College
Address: 2601, Carson Road, Birmingham, Alabama- 35215
Contact Number: (205) 853-1200
- Northeast Alabama Community College
Address: P.O. Box- 159, Rainsville, Alabama- 35986
Contact Number: 256-638-4418
- Lawson State Community College
Address: 3060, Wilson Road, South-west, Birmingham, Alabama- 35221
Contact Number: 205-925-2515
- Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
Address: P.O. Drawer- 1418, Andalusia, Alabama- 36420
Contact Number: 334-222-6591
- Northwest-Shoals Community College
Address: P.O. Box- 2545, Muscle Shoals, Alabama- 35662
Contact Number: 256-331-5200
- Southern Union State Community College
Address: 1701, LaFayette Parkway, Opelika, Alabama- 36801
Contact Number: (334) 745-6437
Official Website: http://www.suscc.edu/
- University of South Alabama
Address: Pat Capps Covey College of Allied Health Professions, Department of Emergency Medical Services, 600, Clinic Drive, CCCB- Suite 400, Mobile, Alabama- 36688
Contact Number: 251-461-1832
- H. Councill Trenholm State Technical College
Address: 1225, Air Base Boulevard, Montgomery, Alabama- 36108
Contact Number: 866-753-4544
- Wallace Community College
Address: 1141 Wallace Drive, Dothan, Alabama- 36303
Contact Number: (334) 983-3521
Fax: (334) 983-6066
- The University of West Alabama
Address: Livingston, Alabama- 35470
Contact Number: (800) 621-8044 (toll-free)
- Wallace State Community College
Address: 801, Main Street North-west, P.O. Box- 2000, Hanceville, Alabama- 35077-2000
Contact Number: 256-352-8000
Alabama EMT Contact Information:
Alabama Department of Public Health Office of EMS and Trauma
The RSA Tower
201, Monroe Street, Suite- 750
Montgomery, Alabama- 36104
Contact Number: 614-888-4484/ 334-206-5383
Fax: (334) 206-5260[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]