How To Become A Paramedic In Connecticut

How To Become A Paramedic In Connecticut

Levels of EMT

Medical Response Technician (MRT) – (first responder) ambulances can be staffed with 1 MRT and 1 EMT if 2 EMTs are unavailable
Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B)
Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate (EMT-I)
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P)

National Registry State

Required in addition to written and practical skills examinations

Requirements

  • MRT: At least 14 years old (with parental consent)
  • EMT-B/I: At least 16 years old (with parental consent)
  • EMT-P: At least 18 years old
  • High School diploma or GED

Length of License

One year: to be renewed during the month of applicant’s birth

License Maintenance Requirements

MRT/EMT-B: Successful completion of state certified refresher course.
EMT-I: Must complete one of the following:
1. A minimum of 48 hours of Department approved refresher training for EMT within 6 months of the expiration date of the certification
2. Complete a minimum of 25 hours of Department approved refresher training, within 6 months of the expiration date of the certification including written and practical testing AND complete a minimum of 23 credit hours of continuing education at intervals not to exceed 24 months.
EMT-P: at all times must maintain current certification in CPR, ACLS, PALS (biannually), regionally other requirements may differ

Continuing Education Requirements by Level

Total Hours:
MRT: State department approved refresher course
EMT-B: State department approved refresher course
EMT-I: State department approved refresher course or 48 hours continuing education
EMT-P: Paramedic continuing education requirements are at the medical director’s discretion: regionally can be required 36 hours per year.

Regulating State Agency

The Office of Emergency Medical Services
http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3127&q=387362

Scope of Practice

Scope of practice in Connecticut is determined by 5 regional councils. These councils are governed by volunteer boards. The presidents of these boards make up the Council of Regional Presidents (CORC) Board which coordinates the work between the councils. The regional councils are partnered with the Connecticut Department of Public Health to implement state EMS policy.

However, the EMS Advisory Board, the Connecticut EMS Medical Advisory Committee (CEMSMAC), Volunteer Committee, and State Education Committee has endorsed the EMS Education Agenda for the Future, and supported transition to the New National Scope of Practice Model and the new National EMS Education Standards effective January 1, 2012.

Special Certifications

Do they have state defined certifications beyond Paramedic or in special fields, for example Critical Care Paramedic, or Wilderness Medic, or Flight Medic.

Reciprocity

EMT-B: NREMT-B
EMT-I: NREMT-I, ACLS course completion
EMT-P: NREMT-P (all states), you will also need to have a sponsoring doctor before applying for certification: all states except if you hold a current license in: Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island or Vermont,

An applicant holding a current, valid license in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island or Vermont may apply for licensure by endorsement and need only submit a notarized application with official verification of all licenses/certificates.

Costs

MRT: $30
EMT-B/I: $75
EMT-P: $150

Educational Requirements

EMT-P: successful completion of a Department of Transportation National Standard Curriculum approved mobile intensive care training program and successful completion of the NREMT practical and written examination

Accredited Schools for 2013

  1. Capital Community College – Hartford, CT

As of 08/05/2011

Stats

The following is a list of currently licensed EMS personnel in Connecticut.
EMR: 6047
EMT-B: 11159
EMT-I: 821
EMT-P: 2076

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