Are You an EMT After You Pass the NREMT?

Many candidates working towards their NREMT qualification confuse certification with licensure; these are two separate processes. However, completing an NREMT prep course and achieving a passing score on the cognitive test is a mandatory step every emergency medical professional will need to take to work as an NREMT.

The NREMT will normally submit confirmation of your passing score to the relevant state board. Each state has varying certification and licensing processes, but all states will need verification that you have met the required standard before you can register for a license to practice.

It is also important to remember that you have a limited number of attempts to pass the cognitive exam. Otherwise, you must complete additional studies and offer evidence to the NREMT before you can take the test again.

The Process of Becoming a Licensed, Certified NREMT

The NREMT assesses a candidate’s competence through practical and cognitive tests, but the state board grants the applicable licensure. Each candidate will need to progress through learning, test preparation, and examinations before they are eligible to become practicing EMTs. Requirements include:

  • Completing a state-approved course or tuition program that complies with the minimum standards set by the NREMT (candidates must have verified credentials showing successful course completion recorded by the program director)
  • Holding a recognized qualification, credential, or certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and basic life support (BLS)
  • Achieving a passing score on the cognitive NREMT examination and the psychomotor test, which is a practical, skills-based assessment

Once each aspiring EMT has completed all the above steps, they can apply for licensure through their state body, provided each test has been passed within twenty-four months.

These time limitations mean that once you have passed the NREMT exams, you have a timeframe to comply with any other requirements that still need to be completed. If you were to achieve a passing score on the exam but not apply for state licensure in time, you would need to repeat the testing process.

Eligibility for the NREMT Qualification

There are multiple potential routes to becoming a qualified emergency responder.

Can a Physician Assistant take NREMT Basic examinations? While most providers have dropped the ‘basic’ from the title, anyone who has completed the relevant study through a state-approved EMT course can register to take the EMT test at a registered testing center. However, Physician Assistants may already hold other qualifications and must usually pass the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam, or PANCE, to practice. Otherwise, if you work in emergency medicine or a role where an EMT qualification would benefit your career, you may be eligible to study and take the examination.

Preparing for the NREMT Cognitive Test

Some candidates fail the NREMT exam at least once–or several times. This is partly due to the broad scope of the syllabus but also because many candidates assume that their course will equip them with the skills needed to achieve a passing score.

Completing EMT school and passing the NREMT test are two different things, and even the best students must commit to sufficient test prep before their first attempt. The Video Vault, newly updated by the Paramedic Coach, offers lifetime access for a one-time enrollment fee. It covers thousands of NREMT practice questions, quiz sheets, and knowledge tests to help you determine whether you are prepared.

Putting the groundwork in place before your exam is a great strategy. It will allow you to concentrate on analyzing and responding to every question to demonstrate the full scope of your knowledge. 
Wondering what you can bring to your NREMT test? Clarifying the rules, procedures, and testing regulations is a great way to put your mind at ease and focus on a calm, focused, confident approach to the examination. We have the answers–check out our resources today!

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