Become an EMT

Become an EMT

January 11, 2015 by respondright

Toni Milan, BSIT, EMT-P, Respond Right EMS Academy

How to Become an EMT

Emergency Medical Technicians – Know the Facts

EMTs respond to 911 calls and care for the sick and injured in emergency situations.  Becoming an EMT requires specialized education that can be obtained from an accredited training organization.  Many training organizations have specific requirements, be sure to check their exact requirements.


  • High school diploma or GED
  • Minimum of 18 years old


  • Complete a criminal background check
  • Complete a drug screening
  • Complete the AHA BLS Healthcare Provider CPR Class
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Documentation of a physical exam
  • Documentation of vaccinations / shot records


Register for an accredited EMT program.  How do you find an accredited EMT program?  Go to your state EMS office’s website and search for a list of accredited programs in your area.

Upon successful completion of your EMT program you will need to pass a practical examination and a National Registry written exam.

Many EMTs will find employment on ambulances, with fire departments or with hospitals.  In the St. Charles and St. Louis, Missouri area most area ambulance and fire agencies require paramedics.  Many EMTs will start paramedic school immediately following their EMT completion.

If you are interested in the class offerings at Respond Right EMS Academy call us at 636-387-6200 or email us at