Frequently Asked Questions

What does EMS stand for?

EMS stands for Emergency Medical Services.

What does EMT stand for?

EMT stands for Emergency Medical Technician.

What is the difference between an EMT and a paramedic?

Basic EMTs are entry-level patient care providers who generally receive 190 hours of training, while paramedics are advanced providers of emergency medical care who receive approximately 1200 hours of education and training. Most states do not allow EMTs to give injections or start intravenous lifelines. Paramedics can give injections as well as use advanced airway management devices to support breathing; and depending on the state, they are commonly trained to use 30-40 medications. EMTs can use oxygen, glucose, asthma inhalers and epinephrine auto-injectors.

What type of education is required to become an EMT or paramedic?

  1. All applicants must be at least 17 years of age.
  2. All applicants are required to complete an application and pay an application fee. A parent or guardian must sign the application if the applicant is under 18 years of age.
  3. All applicants are required to attend an orientation prior to the start of classes.

Paramedic: A high school diploma or GED, a current EMT-B Certification or Licensure, and completion of a math and English entrance exam are required.

What is the career outlook and salary of an EMT or paramedic?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, career opportunities for EMTs and paramedics are expected to grow by 23% through 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Most EMTs and paramedics work full time as they respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities.

The median annual wage for emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics was $31,020 in May 2012.

Does NMETC offer online EMT and paramedic programs?

Yes, NMETC offers online training for both EMTs and paramedics. To find out more information, click here.

How long does it take to complete NMETC's EMT Training programs?

It takes approximately 4 months to complete the EMT Training program.

How long does it take to complete NMETC's Paramedic Training programs?

It takes approximately 16 to 18 months to complete this program depending on start dates as well as the method of instruction.

What is NMETC's pass rate for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Test?

NMETC graduates are highly successful at passing the NREMT exams at all levels. Please contact us for exact up to date first time pass rates for NREMT certification rates.

Why choose NMETC?

The reasons for becoming an EMT or paramedic are as varied as the people who enter this field. Some become EMTs to learn the skills to help their families and neighborhoods in the event of a disaster. Some use their EMT and paramedic education as stepping stones to other careers in medicine and emergency medical services. Some do it just because they want to help people. Whatever your reasons, know that these are dynamic, challenging and demanding professions. They require passion, dedication and the ability to care for patients with compassion. Being an EMT or paramedic is not for everyone, but for those who answer the call, it can be a lifelong passion.

Student Testimonials

  • I wanted to thank you again for the amazing, online, distance paramedic program that you have put together. I would have never been able to move forward from my intermediate with a full time job and family.

  • Without your program, there is no way I could have achieved this milestone while still working full time.

  • I highly recommend NMETC's paramedic program to anyone looking to advance their knowledge of medicine and further their careers in the Emergency Medical Services.

Paramedic Program Accredited By

Commission on Accreditation
of Allied Health Education Programs
Committee on Accreditation
of Educational Programs for the
Emergency Medical Services Professions