How To Become A Paramedic In Idaho

How To Become A Paramedic In Idaho

Levels of EMT

First Responder
Emergency Medical Technician – Basic (EMT-B)
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician – (EMT-A)
Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic (EMT-P)

National Registry State

Passing the NREMT is required for certification.


  • At least 18 years old
  • High School diploma/GED
  • Current healthcare Provider or Professional Rescuer CPR
  • EMT-P: College-level Anatomy and Physiology (8cr) or equivalent
  • EMT-P: 2 years of documented EMS service
  • EMT-P: At least 2 letters of recommendation

Length of License

First Responder and EMT-B certifications: 3 years or up to 42 months to align with a March or September expiration cycle
Advanced EMT and paramedic: 2 years or up to 36 months to align with a March or September expiration cycle.

License Maintenance Requirements

To recertify submit a copy of the following to the Idaho EMS Bureau:
• Idaho EMS ‘Provider Application’ form with signature of agency of affiliation
• Completed Recertification Education Guide for your level with appropriate verifying signatures, training officer or agency medical director for the Advanced EMT and Paramedic.
• Proof of refresher course completion, or alternative (not required for paramedic recertification.)
• Recertification fee of $25 for Paramedic and Advanced EMT only

Continuing Education Requirements by Level

Total Hours:
EMT-B: 24 hour refresher course
EMT-A: 36 hour refresher course
EMT-P: 48 hour refresher course

Regulating State Agency

Idaho Emergency Medical Serves Association

Scope of Practice

The Idaho State Board of Medicine defines the allowable scope of practice which can be performed by EMS personnel certified by the Department of Health and Welfare Emergency Medical Services Bureau.
All emergency medical services must be rendered under the responsible supervision and control of a physician licensed in Idaho. EMT-A and EMT-P may not act without the written or oral authorization of a physician.


Reciprocity candidates must possess a current EMS license from another state and complete all of the following:
• Complete applicant portion of Idaho Licensure Verification Request for each state in which they have ever applied for, been denied or held EMS licensure. The applicant’s signature authorizes the EMS authority in the other state(s) to release the applicant’s licensure information to the Idaho EMS Bureau.
• Pass the NREMT assessment (cognitive only) unless the applicant has successfully passed an NREMT exam within the preceding 36 months for EMS and EMT or 24 months for EMT-A and paramedic.


Initial: $35 for Paramedic and Advanced EMT
Recertification: $25 for Advanced EMT and paramedic

Accredited Schools for 2013

  1. Brigham Young University – Rexburg, ID
  2. College of Southern Idaho – Twin Falls, ID
  3. Idaho State University – Boise, ID

As of 08/08/2011

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