EMT Certification

NCOAE’s EMT Training Opens the Doors to Jobs Across the U.S.

By NCOAE Headquarters May 25, 2022

EMT Training

Applicants to our nationally renowned EMT training courses often ask us if they can take
their new EMT credentials to the state where they live, and the answer is mostly yes.
The National Center for Outdoor and Adventure Education’s (NCOAE) campus is
located in North Carolina, where we offer 21-day “Intensive” EMT-Basic and 23-day
“Intensive” Advanced EMT training courses among others. Successful completion of
these courses authorize our graduates to take the National Registry of Emergency
Medical Technicians
(NREMT) exam.

National Registry Certification examinations evaluate the competence of EMS
practitioners at a variety of levels, including Emergency Medical Responder (EMR),
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced Emergency Medical Technician
(AEMT), and Paramedic.

NREMT credentials are either required for an initial license or accepted for legal
recognition or reciprocity in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. That makes it easier to
maintain your credentials even if you relocate or want to take an EMT training course
outside of the state where you live and work.

Pro Tip: To see if your state has additional requirements, see the State EMS Agency Map from the NREMT.

We always suggest contacting your state’s EMS office to confirm their processes and
requirements. To learn more about your specific state’s requirements, you can download
and read our EMT Certification Reciprocity for all 50 States, the District of
Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam
PDF document, or
conduct an online search for the name of your state followed by “office of EMS” to find
your state’s EMS website and/or contact information.

When you do this for Ohio, you’ll see that the Buckeye State’s approach to reciprocity
resulted in a policy of recognizing both NREMT and other state certifications — with no
additional testing required. In Ohio, a verification form is used to determine if additional
course work is needed to meet that state’s curriculum requirements.

In the case of Colorado, the Centennial State doesn’t have a reciprocity process for EMS
providers. All first-time applicants must be registered with the NREMT at the level they
intend to practice. Another state’s EMS provider license or certification does not allow
you to practice in Colorado.

No matter the state, you can be assured that our staff will help guide you through the
process of getting set up to take the NREMT and understand your state’s reciprocity
requirements. Upon completion of an NCOAE EMT training course, you will receive an
“Authorization-to-Test” for the NREMT, and you can take the exam at a Pearson Vue
testing center closest to your home.

Pearson Vue testing centers all over the country. You can find one nearest your home by
clicking here.

After you successfully pass the NREMT and receive your credentials, you can apply to
become licensed in your home state, whether that’s through initial licensure, legal
recognition or reciprocity.

Learn more about our EMT training programs using the links below:

While this post should answer most questions about EMT training in one state being
accepted by another state, we understand if you’re still confused or have additional or
follow-up questions. If that’s the case, please feel free to call our office for additional
support. Whether you choose to be trained by us or another organization, we’re here to

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It Took a Pandemic to Shine the Spotlight on Our Nation’s EMTs

By NCOAE Headquarters October 15, 2021

EMT Training

Emergency Medical Services personnel (EMS) have been on the front lines of the COVID health pandemic for 18 months now, with no end in sight. These key healthcare providers continue to adapt to an ever-changing work environment and thus far have maintained a high level of care.

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If you’re thinking of entering the field of EMS, know this: The need is greater than ever. That given, what should you know about EMS in the era of COVID? Below are thoughts from the experts here at The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE), where we offer a number of training options to prepare future EMTs for what lies ahead.

To get us started, let’s take a look at PPEs.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): For years most EMS providers considered “PPE” to mean “Exam Gloves.” No longer. Today, you’ll most likely be required to wear an N-95 respirator and eye protection for an entire 12-hour shift. You can probably also add a gown and potentially additional layers to that ensemble. It’s hot and uncomfortable and no one enjoys it. But we’ve shown it can be done, and that it’s being done to good effect. 

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Signs That an Intensive EMT Training Course Might be Right for You

By NCOAE Headquarters May 7, 2021

EMT Training

Intensive is one of those words that, when you say it out loud or write it down, sounds foreboding or, as the word itself suggests, promotes a feeling of tenseness. However, when we talk about completing an intensive EMT training course here at The National Center for Outdoor & Adventure Education (NCOAE), the word is not meant to scare you off.

Instead, it’s intent is to communicate the level of dedication you’re capable of putting into such a program, given the brief timeframe allotted for the program. And by brief, consider this: You can complete a high school EMT program in about a year. A university college course typically takes about six months to complete, and a community college course normally takes a semester.

However, to complete an intensive EMT course, such as those offered here at NCOAE, the work can be completed in just 21 days. That’s three short weeks. Boom! Done! Let me take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) exam!

Benefits of the Intensive Approach to EMT Training

Know this: With an intensive program, you’re going to learn everything you need to know to take and pass the NREMT exam, and you’re going to learn it quickly. Just be prepared to take in a lot of information in a short amount of time. Here are a few of the advantages of intensive learning: (more…)

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How to Become an EMT

By NCOAE Headquarters March 9, 2021

EMT Training

You’re thinking about becoming an EMT. Awesome! If you follow through, you will be joining the ranks of today’s modern-day heroes, the frontline of the frontline workers — bona fide life savers!

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are trained professionals who provide care in critical and emergency situations. Such emergencies can range from simple, routine calls to intense and complex scenarios.  

You may show up for a call only to discover that there is no victim, or the person is okay and refuses help, or a patient simply needs transportation from one medical facility to another. On the other hand, you could be called in to attend to the victim of a car accident or a shooting or a heart attack, drowning, mountaineering accident, or drug overdose. You may even have to deliver a baby! You can never predict what will happen over the course of any given shift.

As an EMT, your job responsibilities generally boil down to keeping patients alive using non-invasive medical procedures and transporting them safely to a hospital or clinic where they can receive a higher level of professional medical care. More specifically, you have three fundamental job responsibilities:

  • Assessment and stabilization of the patient’s condition
  • Basic life support
  • Transportation

In this post, we bring you up to speed on the different levels in emergency medicine and credentialing while explaining the basic education and skills required to become an EMT.

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Have any further questions about our courses, what you’ll learn, or what else to expect? Contact us, we’re here to help!