EMT Certification in Mississippi
If you wish to apply for EMT certification in Mississippi, you first need to complete a state-approved program program, and then pass an exam of National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT). NREMT is a non-profit body, which certifies emergency medical technicians of the state at a national level and declares that they are fit to deliver emergency medical care to patients. NREMT certifications are valid for a period of 2 years in Mississippi.
Requirements to Get EMT Certificate
The following pre-requisites should be met by the candidate in order to apply for certification:
- 18 year is the minimum age to apply for certification.
- He/she should have to complete a state-recognized EMT program program.
- The candidate must hold a diploma of high school/GED level and must pass the NREMT examination successfully.
- The candidate must provide a lawful evidence for establishing that he/she is a citizen of United States.
- The candidate should score at least 10 marks in TABE reading test, or at least 16 marks in ACT if appeared after October, 1989, or 12 marks if appeared before October, 1989.
- You must also take a hepatitis B vaccination before beginning your clinical or ambulance internship.
- Aspirants are also required to undergo a criminal background screening test.
- The candidate must be free from any type of physical ailment or mental disorder.
- The candidate must be deft in communication, especially in English.
- Correctly and completely filled application along with the required fee must be submitted by the applicants.
- Qualifying state-organized practical exam in Mississippi is also imperative.
Process of EMT Certificate
Step 1: Program
The prospective candidates must complete EMT program from an authenticated school or college in Mississippi.
If you want to become an ‘EMS-Driver’, you should undergo a recognized EMS Driver program program.
Step 2: Submission of Application for National Certification
Those candidates, who wish to work as EMS-Driver, need not apply for NREMT certification.
- First of all, create your account on the NREMT website. For this purpose, take your mouse cursor on “Create New Account” and click.
- In order to create a new application, click on the option of “Create Initial Entry Application”.
- Though, you can make payment of the fees later, but it will be better to pay just after completion of the process of online application for the sake of quick processing.
- Regularly keep an eye on the “Authorization to Test” (ATT) Letter. You can do this by signing into the website with the help of username and password through which, the account was initially created. Now, click on “Check Initial Entry Application Status”.
- If your information has been sent by the site but still the confirmation by the education program director is looked-for, then in this case, you will see “Submitted” close to the option “Course Completion Verification”.
- If “Not Submitted” appears next to “Application Payment”, you need to pay the fee ahead of acquiring the ATT Letter.
- After the payment of fees and verification of your course completion by the education director, “Print ATT Letter” will be observable on your account.
- Take out the Xerox of the ATT Letter and set a timetable of the NREMT exam, following the instructions provided on the letter.
It should be kept in mind that
- The link “Print ATT Letter” will be visible only when the education director approves your course completion.
- The NREMT practical exams will be organised by the program programs, authenticated by the state.
Step 3: Background Check
It is important for the candidate to pass a criminal background check so as to finish the process of certification.
Step 4: License Application
The candidate is required to fill the “Application for Mississippi EMS Certification” available on http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite/_static/resources/2949.pdf. Before filling the form, read the instructions carefully.
Along with the application, you need to enclose the following documents:
- A clear copy of EMT card issued by National Registry.
- Applicable fee that must be paid through a money order made on the name of “The Mississippi State Department of Health”.
The fees for different levels of EMT certification are:
- Medical First Responder – $10
- EMS-Driver – $35
- EMT-Basic – $35
- EMT-Intermediate – $35
- EMT-Paramedic – $35
- Original copy of Jurisdictional Medical Control Agreement
- A recent passport-size photograph that must be
- Coloured and less than 3 months old
- Measure at least “2 x 2”.
- Taken in a “Front Bust” style.
- The candidate should not be wearing caps, hats, sweatbands, sunglasses, etc.
You can get your photograph clicked free of cost at the Bureau of EMS Office.
- A copy of EMS-Driver Program certificate (only for EMS-Driver candidates)
- A copy of state driving license (only for EMS-Driver candidates)
The candidate must mail this application form to the following address:
Mississippi State Department of Health
570 East Woodrow Wilson
Jackson, Mississippi- 39216
Important Note: The EMT certification for Mississippi will expire simultaneously with the expiry of National Registry certification. If your certification lapses, the Bureau of EMS may withhold renewal for the time equivalent to the time, the certification got lapsed.
Renewal of EMT Certificate
Following pre-requisites should be fulfilled by all the candidates for the sake of EMT certification renewal:
- The candidates must be actively employed as an Emergency Medical Technician with a rescue team or any other healthcare facility.
- The candidates must demonstrate their cognitive skills either by giving an examination or undergoing a Continuing Education (CE).
- It is mandatory for an EMT-B candidate to submit a skills verification proof that must be approved and signed by the Program Program Director and Director of Operations/Physician Medical Director.
- The candidate must provide his/her current CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) certificate.
Medical First Responder
- The completed renewal application should be provided by the candidate before the certification gets expired on September 30.
- A refresher course of 12-hour must be finished by the candidate.
- The candidate must shell out a fee of $10 (non-refundable) while submitting the renewal documents.
- EMT-Basic candidates must provide their application for recertification before the expiry date of certification, i.e. 31st March.
- A state-approved 24-hour refresher course, as well as added program of 48 hours, must be completed by the candidate.
- A non-refundable application fee of $15 must be paid by the candidate.
- Paramedic candidates in Mississippi must submit their renewal application by March 31st (before the certification expires).
- The candidates should complete a total of 72 hours of Continuing Education, which includes a 48-hour refresher course, as well as 24 hours of additional program.
- An application fee of $20 must be paid by the paramedic applicant.