Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Training Courses takes about 3 to 6 months to complete. During those months you’ll learn to provide basic life support at the scene of emergency and transport the injured or sick in an organized system.
Accelerated EMT Training or EMT Training Boot Camp is the compressed format of the same 3 to 6 month EMT Basic training. It is an intense daily training that allows you to graduate and get certified in a short period of time usually 2 – 4 weeks. You’ll be able to work in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and provide basic emergency medical care much faster.
If you’re thinking about enrolling in an EMT boot camp, that means:
- you want to become an EMT quickly
- you are available for 2 – 4 weeks of intense training
- you’re fully dedicated to passing the EMT course and getting certified
- you’re prepared to do nothing but study and learn for at least 12 hours of class and after hours study for at least 14 consecutive days.
EMT Course Coverage
You’ll study for more than 12 hours a day everyday in an Accelerated EMT training which usually starts at 8 AM and ends at 8 PM. The EMT training boot camp includes 120 hours of lecture and hands-on training. The course covers basic anatomy and physiology, the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, airway management, patient assessment, treatment of medical and traumatic emergencies, proper procedures for lifting and moving the critically injured, and other topics included in the curriculum. You’ll also have to complete a rigorous skills training needed in medical emergencies like properly assessing a patient.
The training also includes 10 hours of clinical/emergency room or ambulance ride-along where you get to experience being an EMT Basic. You’ll be able to apply what you’ve learned in the lectures and skills training when you’re in the ambulance or emergency department.
Boot Camp Requirements
It’s good to remember that requirements vary from one course to the another boot camp or not but these are the common ones. As with regular EMT training courses you’re required to:
- be at least 18 years of age by the time you take the written examination
- be immunized against certain diseases (MMR Vaccination, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis)
- have a current CPR card (Healthcare Provider or Professional Rescuer)
If you have a felony read the NREMT Felony Conviction Policy and take the necessary actions.
Available Accelerated EMT Training Programs
There are only a few programs available that offer the Accelerated EMT training ranging from 2 to 4 week period. And there’s an option to stay in a hotel if you’re flying in from another location.
Here are some of the Accelerated EMT Training programs.
2 Weeks Accelerated EMT Training
- Unitek Education (California)
- Pelham Training (Indiana)
- Commonwealth Criminal Justice Academy (Virginia)
3 Weeks Accelerated EMT Training
For paramedics there’s a 12 Week Accelerated EMT-Paramedic Program.
Completion and Certification
You can get your EMT course completion certificate after the final exam which makes you eligible to take the NREMT certification. You may need the NREMT certification to get a state license/certification. If you’re from out of state, you can apply for state certification where you took the course and then get reciprocity at your home state.