EMT Certification Rundown:
Students must complete EMT training from a state-approved institute in order to get EMT certification in Alaska. Students receive their EMT certification from the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, which provide registration to all the emergency medical technicians from all over the country. The student needs to pass both the written and practical NREMT exams, and then, they are certified as national EMT.
The candidate must pass the written exam, which is a test comprising around 70-120 questions that are required to be answered in 2 hours duration. This is an adjustable difficulty computerized exam. The exam includes topics, such as airway management, ventilation, oxygen therapy, EMS operations, cardiology, health emergencies and general trauma. In the practical examination, a candidate’s capability to handle traumatic situations, such as, fractures, bleeding, joint dislocations, etc., are tested. A candidate will also be tested on medical emergencies such as, diabetic emergencies, strokes, cardiac arrest, etc. If a candidate fails in the examination, he/she can sit for the next examination after 15 days. Six attempts can be made by the candidate to pass the exams successfully.
A candidate in Alaska is eligible to get certified as an EMT professional, only if he/she fulfills the following requirements:
- At least 18 years of age is mandatory for a candidate to apply for EMT certification in Alaska.
- The candidate must have completed an EMT training program from a state-approved college or training center in Alaska.
- The candidate must be fit both physically and mentally.
- He/she must complete a CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) course successfully, provided by the National Healthcare Providers of the state.
- The candidates are required to clear the NREMT examination.
- The candidate must provide a proof of his/her lawful presence in the country.
- The candidate must be good in reading, writing and speaking English.
- A background check of the candidate is also compulsory.
What Are Some Special Requirements for EMT Certification?
- The candidate must provide an application along with the fees of Alaska EMS Certification.
- The candidate must also pass a practical examination of a state approved program.
- In order to become a paramedic, the candidate must be of 19 years of age.
What Is The Process of EMT Certification?
The process of EMT certification is divided into the following steps:
Step 1: Get EMT Training
The students of Alaska are required to take EMT training from state-approved training program. There are five levels of EMT training in Alaska – Emergency Medical Responder, EMT, Advanced EMT (AEMT), EMT-Intermediate, and Paramedic (EMT-P).
Step 2: Application for National Certification (This is only applicable for paramedic certification)
The candidate must give an examination conducted by National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians or NREMT.
- First of all, he/she must create an account on NREMT website- http://www.nremt.org/ by hitting on the option of “Create New Account”.
- Now, the candidate needs to create a new application by clicking on “Create Initial Entry Application” on the website.
- It is advisable to pay the application fee as soon as you finish the process of online application. You can also pay fee, later.
- Then, monitor your application process and check regularly your “Authorization to Test” Letter on the homepage of NREMT website. Here, check the status of application by clicking on “Check Initial Entry Application Status”.
- If your details have been submitted by the website, an icon of “Submitted” will appear. It means that the approval by the education program director is awaited.
- If “Not Submitted” appears on your account, then it means that you need to pay the fees before you receive an ATT Letter.
- “Print ATT Letter” will appear if you have made the payment and your application has been verified by the education program director.
- Now, you need to take out a printed copy of the ATT Letter, and then, decide upon a date of the NREMT examination. Your ATT Letter will instruct you as to how to schedule the examination through a website, named “Pearson VUE”.
Note: The link of “Print ATT Letter” will appear only after your verification has been done; otherwise, it won’t appear.
State-approved training programs conduct various NREMT practical examinations.
Step 3: Background Check of EMS Personnel
All EMS personnel must complete and pass a criminal background check.
Step 4: Apply for the License
The candidate must finish the application process by filling the “Application for Initial Certification” along with an application fee of $25.
EMS Training Centers:
- Ilisagvik College
Address: 100, Stevenson Street, P.O. Box- 749, Barrow, Alaska- 99723
Contact Number: 907-852-3333, 800-478-7337
Official Website: http://www.ilisagvik.edu/
- Kenai Peninsula College
Address: 156, College Road, Soldotna, Alaska- 99669
Contact Number: 1-907-262-0330
Official Website: http://www.kpc.alaska.edu/KPC/
- Matanuska-Susitna College
Address: P.O. Box- 2889, Palmer, Alaska- 99645
Contact Number: 907-745-9774 or 907-745-9746
Official Website: http://matsu.alaska.edu/
- Prince William Sound Community College
Address: 303, Lowe Street, P.O. Box- 97, Valdez, Alaska- 99686
Contact Number: (907) 834-1600
Official Website: http://www.pwscc.edu/
- University of Alaska Anchorage
Address: 3211, Providence Drive, Anchorage, Alaska- 99508
Contact Number: (907) 786-1800
Official Website: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/
- University of Alaska Fairbanks
Address: P.O. Box- 757500, Fairbanks, Alaska- 99775
Contact Number: 907-474-7211
Official Website: http://www.uaf.edu/
- University of Alaska Southeast
Address: 11120, Glacier Highway, Juneau, Alaska- 99801
Contact Number: 907-796-6000
Official Website: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/juneau/
Alaska EMT Contact Information:
Section of Emergency Programs
PO Box 110616
Juneau, AK 99811-0616
(907) 465-8741 (Office)
(907) 465-4101 (Fax)