An emergency medical technician, or EMT, is responsible for providing care to a patient before they receive medical care from a nurse or doctor. An EMT helps manage heart, trauma and respiratory emergencies. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for EMTs is expected to grow by 9 percent by 2018. Like many states, Maryland requires prospective EMTs to pass an EMT course and state exams.
Search EMT course options by going to the Maryland Education Portal website (See Resources). The site consists of a list of training courses in numerous locations throughout the state.
Enroll in a basic EMT course, also known as EMT-B. To enroll, you must be at least 18 years old.
Complete the requirements of the EMT basic course. Complete 131 hours of course training (See Reference 1). A requirement for course completion is to complete 131 EMT training hours. Training includes how to use emergency equipment, as well as how to handle such medical emergencies as bleeding, poisoning, heart attacks, childbirth, dehydration and seizure.
Register to take the state exams with the National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). Complete the required forms for registration and pay the $70 application fee. NREMT testing centers are listed on the Pearson Vue website. Choose a desired testing center. There are three testing centers in Maryland. The testing centers are located at:
3108 Lord Baltimore Drive, Suite 103 Baltimore, MD 21244
9891 Broken Land Parkway, Suite 108 Columbia, MD 21046
4350 East West Highway, Suite 525 Bethesda, MD 20814
Prepare for the cognitive Maryland state exam, also known as the written exam. Review practice test materials on the National Registry's website (See Resources), as well as the online study materials for the Maryland exam. Prepare also for the state physical, or psychomotor, exam, which tests individuals' hands-on skills.
Pass the EMT written exam, which is administered by the Maryland Emergency Medical Services System. When you have passed the required examinations, you will be eligible for licensure to become an EMT in Maryland.
2016 Salary Information for EMTs and Paramedics
Emts and paramedics earned a median annual salary of $32,670 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, emts and paramedics earned a 25th percentile salary of $25,850, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $42,710, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 248,000 people were employed in the U.S. as emts and paramedics.