What you need to know about being an EMT.

March 19, 2023 By: Donna Weiss

As an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), you will be responsible for responding to emergency medical situations and providing medical care and transportation for patients to hospitals or other medical facilities. Here are some things you need to know about being an EMT:

  1. Education and Training: You will need to complete an EMT training program and pass a certification exam to become an EMT. The training classes at Respond Right EMS Academy typically last anywhere between 10 weeks and 16 weeks.  These courses include classroom work and clinical time in the hospital and on the ambulance.
  2. Job Responsibilities: As an EMT, you will respond to emergency calls, assess patients’ conditions, provide basic medical care, and transport patients to hospitals or other medical facilities. You will need to be able to work under pressure and make quick, informed decisions.
  3. Skills: You will need to have strong communication and interpersonal skills to effectively interact with patients, their families, and other medical personnel. You will also need to be physically fit and have good manual dexterity to perform tasks such as administering medication and using medical equipment.
  4. Working Conditions: EMTs work in a variety of settings, including ambulances, emergency rooms, and other medical facilities. You may work long hours, including nights, weekends, and holidays. You may also be exposed to hazardous materials and infectious diseases.
  5. Career Advancement: EMTs can advance their careers by becoming paramedics, who have more advanced training and can perform more complex medical procedures. EMTs can also pursue additional education and training in areas such as emergency management, healthcare administration, or nursing.

Overall, being an EMT can be a rewarding and challenging career, with the opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives during times of crisis.


If you have more questions, we can help. We offer EMT training courses that are currently enrolling and we can help you become an EMT.