How To Become A Paramedic In Alaska

How To Become A Paramedic In Alaska

Levels of EMT

• ETT: Emergency Trauma Technician: 40 hours in length, teaches basics of emergency medical care. First developed in Southeast Alaska for use in logging camps, the ETT course can be modified to meet the needs of the students or community
• EMT-I (Roman numeral 1): equivalent to National Standard EMT-Basic.
• Defibrillator Technician: EMT-I with 16 hours of additional training allowing for use of manual defibrillators.
• EMT-II: Roughly equivalent to national standard EMT-intermediate.
• EMT-III: use of morphine, lidocaine, atropine, epinephrine
• MICP: Mobile Intensive Care Paramedics: function under direct/indirect supervision of a physician.

National Registry State

NREMT exam is used for reciprocity in EMT-I/II (basic and intermediate) levels.


  • EMT: at least 18 years of age
  • EMT-II: must be certified as EMT-I and have provided care to 10 patients after becoming certified
  • EMT-III: must be certified as EMT-II, have provided care to 10 patients as an EMT-II and successfully completed 10 patients venepunctures, 8 of which must have been with catheter covered needles
  • MICP: at least 19 years of age, have graduated high school, and hold credentials from within the state or the NREMTs at any level
  • EMT-II, EMT-III, MICP: must have a doctor who agrees to be responsible for supervising them
  • Length of License

    2 years for all levels

    License Maintenance Requirements

    Continuing education with practical/written examination

    Continuing Education Requirements by Level

    If certification has not expired or has been expired for 12 months or less the following is required: documentation of 48 CMEs less than two years from the date of application, written examination with score 70 or above, verification of skills OR successful completion of the practical examination

    If certification has been expired 12-36 months the following are required: documentation of 72+ CMEs less than two years from the date of application, written examination with score of 70 or above, successful completion of practical examination, refresher training program within the 12 months preceding the date of application, skills verification within 12 months preceding the date of application

    EMT-II, III: sponsorship of a physician medical director

    MCIP: 60 hours for each year of the licensing cycle (120 total)

    Regulating State Agency

    Governor’s Alaska Council on Emergency Medical Services (ACEMS)

    Scope of Practice

    Alaska is a medical director driven state. EMT-II, III, MCIP’s all practice under the direct/indirect supervision of their agency’s sponsoring physician. Scope of practice therefore differs from agency to agency.


    EMT-B: all states (become EMT-I)
    EMT-I: all states (become EMT-II)
    EMT-P: state certification, state exam, potential employer must sponsor you (become MCIP)


    ETT/EMT: $25 initial and recertification, $10 written examination test
    MCIP: 50$ application, $50 license, $50 temporary/provisional permit

    Educational Requirements

    Completion of an Alaska Council on Emergency Medical Services approved EMS training course.

    Accredited Schools for 2013

  • University of Alaska Fairbanks – Fairbanks, AK
  • Kenai Peninsula College – Anchorage, AK
  • Matanuska-Susitna College – Anchorage, AK
  • As of 08/02/2011


    EMT’s, EMS Instructors, Defibrillator Technicians: 4000+
    MICP: 347

    State Organizations

    Each fall ACEMS (Alaska Council on Emergency Medical Services) puts on the Governor’s Annual Award for Emergency Medical Services at the annual State EMS Symposium.

One Response to “How To Become A Paramedic In Alaska”

  1. John Dodd says:

    Hello, I am needing information on getting reciprocity from the state Arkansas to Alaska. I am a National Registed paramedic Instructor and the EMS Program Director at National Park Community College in Hot Springs Arkansas. My family and I are looking at relocating to Alaska. Any information that you could share with me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time
    John Dodd, MS, NREMT-P/I
    EMS Program Director