Employment of EMT's and paramedics is expected to increase nationally over many years. As the population increases more communities will need to transition from volunteer ambulance corps to paid ambulance services. This will result in the need for more EMT's and paramedics.
To become an EMT or paramedic, one must complete an EMT course, which includes classroom and clinical time. To become a paramedic, one must first be certified as an EMT and then complete a formal paramedic program. Certification is needed to become an EMT or paramedic.
In most states and the District of Columbia, registration with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) is required at some or all levels of certification. Other states administer their own certification examination or provide the option of taking the NREMT examination.
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