I just registered for my National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Exam. The Pyschomotor Exam portion is schedule for May 12th, 2012. The exact date and time for my NREMT Computer Based Exam has yet to be determined. The 12th is the Saturday just before Final Exams which makes things a little stressful but I’m pumped nonetheless.
The entry requirements for individuals applying for EMT-Basic / EMT certification must meet the following requirements:
- Successful completion of a state-approved EMT-Basic / EMT course that meets or exceeds the U.S. Department of Transportation EMT-Basic National Standard Curriculum.
- Verification from the Program Director that you hold a current CPR credential for health care providers and have demonstrated competence in EMT-Basic / EMT skills.
- Successful completion of a state-approved EMT-Basic / EMT Psychomotor exam.
The NREMT EMT-Basic / EMT cognitive exam is a computer adaptive test (CAT). The number of items a candidate can expect on the EMT-Basic / EMT exam will range from 70 to 120. The maximum amount of time given to complete the exam is 2 hours. The exam will cover the entire spectrum of EMS care including: Airway, Ventilation, Oxygenation; Trauma; Cardiology; Medical; and EMS Operations. Items related to patient care are focused on adult patients (85%) and pediatric patients (15%). In order to pass the exam, you must meet a standard level of competency. The passing standard is defined by the ability to provide safe and effective entry level emergency medical care.
Throughout your EMT-Basic / EMT educational program you must demonstrate competence in a wide range of emergency care skills. Your instructor must attest that you have demonstrated competence in the following skills during your course: patient assessment/management of a trauma patient, patient assessment/management of a medical patient, cardiac arrest management/AED, bag-valve-mask ventilation of an apneic patient, spinal immobilization (both seated and supine patient), long bone fracture immobilization, joint dislocation immobilization, traction splinting, bleeding control/shock management, upper airway adjuncts and suction, mouth-to-mouth ventilation with supplemental oxygen, and supplemental oxygen administration to a breathing patient. You must also successfully complete a state-approved EMT-Basic / EMT psychomotor examination. Speak with your instructor or State EMS Office about the format and logistics of completing a state-approved EMT-Basic / EMT psychomotor exam.
For a copy of the Certification Brochure click here.