EMT Certification in Alaska
In Alaska, only those students, who are nationally certified as Emergency Medical Technicians can apply for EMT certification. The job of EMT personnel is to provide pre-hospital care to patients, or while they are being transported to the hospital. Certified EMT’s can apply for the state certification through the Application for Comity (Reciprocity) Certification.
The candidates must pass an NREMT examination, which consists of both cognitive (written) and psychomotor (practical) tests. The certificate is issues only when you pass both the tests. The validity period of NREMT certification is only 2 years.
Requirements to Get EMT Certificate
A candidate in Alaska is eligible to get certified as an EMT professional, only if he/she fulfils 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 program program from a state-approved college or program 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.
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.
Process of EMT Certification
The process of EMT certification is divided into the following steps:
Step 1: Get EMT Program
The students of Alaska are required to take EMT program from state-approved program program. There are five levels of EMT program 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 program programs conduct various NREMT practical examinations.
Step 3: Background Check of EMT
Finally, a background check of the candidate is a must in order to finish the process of certification.
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.
Renewal of EMT Certificate
Following are the general pre-requisites that are needed for all levels of EMT recertification:
- It is important for the candidate in Alaska to work as an Emergency Medical Technician in a health-care facility or a rescue operation.
- The candidate must be able to prove his/her cognitive ability by appearing in Continuing Education (CE) hours of program.
- The candidate is also required to maintain a CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) certification.
- You must submit your application before its expiry date.
- EMT-B candidate must complete a 24-hour refresher course of continuing education.
- Additional program of 48 hours must also be completed.
- He/she should pay a fee of $15.00 at the time of submitting the documents, which is non-refundable.
- The candidate should maintain skills verification confirmed and signed by the Program Program Director and Director of Operations or Physician Medical Director.
- The candidate must finish a refresher course of 36 hours of Continuing Education (CE).
- Another program of 36 hours should be completed by the candidate.
- A non-refundable fee of $15.00 must be paid by the candidate while he/she is submitting the recertification application.
- A refresher course of 48 hours of Continuing Education (CE) must be completed by the candidate.
- Another 24 hours of Continuing Education (CE) must be done by the candidate.
- While the candidate is submitting his/her documents, a non-refundable fee of $20.00 must be paid.
- A skill verification proof should be submitted by the candidate, which should be signed by Physician Medical Director.