How to Become an EMT
This summarizes the steps required to become certified and licensed as an EMT in the State of NH (we have included a few points regarding other states). Follow along closely, because it gets complicated.
To practice as an EMT as part of an EMS service in New Hampshire, you must be "certified" by the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) and "licensed" by the State of NH (NH). NOTE: Even if you become a certified NREMT EMT-Basic, you cannot actually perform as an EMT with a service in NH unless you receive a NH Provider's License. This EMT course is designed to prepare you to pass the examinations required to be certified by NREMT and licensed by NH.
The basic steps are as follows: Please note that you must complete ALL of the steps, and they MUST be completed in the order presented.
1. CPR Certification
Obtain certification as a AHA Healthcare Provider for BLS or ARC CPR for the Professional Rescuer. (We are offering an AHA CPR course as a separate module at the beginning of the course. Alternatively, you may obtain your CPR certification elsewhere. We will need a copy of the card.)
2. EMT Course
You must complete the 110 hour EMT course. You must conform to class attendance requirements and maintain a minimum class average of 70%. There will be no refund for those failing to successfully complete the course.
3. State of NH EMT Practical Examination
Note: you must successfully complete the course to sit for the State of NH Practical Examination. The examination will not be offered as part of the course.
If you successfully pass the EMT-Basic course, you may take the State of NH Practical. We are not offering the practical exam as part of the class. There are examinations available in NH frequently throughout the year. A schedule of examination can be obtained here. We will also provide you with a list during class. There is a $50 fee to take the practical exam (it is not included in the course fees).
4. NREMT EMT Written Examination
Note: You must successfully pass the NH Practical Exam to sit for the NREMT Written Exam. The examination will not be offered as part of the course.
If you successfully pass the NH Practical Exam, you may take the NREMT Written Exam. We are not offering the written exam as part of the class. The written exams are CBT (Computer based Testing) exams and are administered through Pearson Vue Centers, scattered throughout the US. There are a few Pearson Vue centers in NH, MA and ME. There is a $80 fee to take the written exam (it is not included in the course fees). Upon successful completion of the written exam, you will receive a card from the NREMT certifying you as a Nationally Registered EMT. Congratulations. This certification does not, however, constitute NH licensure.
5. NH Provider's License
Note: To obtain a NH Provider's License you must be associated with an EMS service that is licensed by the State of NH (such as McGregor Memorial EMS).
Once you obtain your NREMT certification card, you must submit a Provider's License application to the State of NH, enclosing a copy of your NREMT card. Your application must list at least one EMS service that is licensed by the State of NH as your "primary affiliation." You will then be sent a NH Provider's License. Your EMS service may have additional requirements before you are permitted to function as an EMT.