EMT Training Requirements

emt training requirements

EMT training requirements are fairly straightforward, but do sometimes vary depending on which state you will be seeking your EMT certification. The majority of states accept the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) as the certifying body. So long as you take and pass an EMT course certified by the NREMT, pass the NREMT psychomotor skills exam, and pass the NREMT cognitive exam, then you can become a certified EMT.


There are very few prerequisites for beginning your EMT training and gaining your NREMT certification. At a bare minimum, they are:


  • Age
    There is no minimum age requirement to take the NREMT cognitive exam. You can become NREMT certified at anytime. You must be at least 16 years of age to take our course. For certification in your state, please check the minimum age requirements.
  • CPR Certification
    In order to become a certified EMT you must have a CPR certification at the Healthcare Provider level. Allied Medical Training includes Basic Life Support certification (CPR) in the EMT Initial course and EMR Initial course. 
  • Criminal History
    While EMT schools are not required to investigate students’ backgrounds, most states require a disclosure of criminal history above a certain offender level. If you do have a criminal history you are encouraged to contact your state EMS board before you apply to an EMT program to verify your eligibility for certification.


Some EMT schools, especially those administered through community colleges and universities may impose a number of other prerequisites and EMT training requirements. But these are not actually necessary to gain NREMT certification and instead are only specific to those schools. Some require an application to the university and submission of transcripts. Some also require prerequisite courses in reading and writing. We don’t think that is necessary and instead strive to make the opportunity to become an EMT open to all.


So how does it work to take an EMT course with Allied Medical Training? First you complete a brief online application form and submit your tuition fees. Once your course begins you’ll start the coursework online and then meet in class to practice patient care skills with our instructors and your classmates. At the end of the course, you will take the NREMT psychomotor skills exam administered by our program. Once you’ve finished all that and the final exam for the course, you’ll be eligible to take the NREMT cognitive exam.


Ready to get started? Check out our Self-Paced Online EMT Course

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