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How to Become an EMT in the State of Florida

How to Become an EMT in the State of Florida


Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) can be the frontliners in many emergency situations. When someone calls for help and needs an ambulance, an EMT can be on board to perform life-supporting services until the patient has been transported to the emergency room.

Florida Requirements for EMT

Becoming an EMT in the state of Florida requires a combination of education and hands-on experience in the field. An EMT will not only need to be licensed by the state for EMT but will also need training and certification in CPR and Basic Life Support (BLS) through American Red Cross and the American Heart Association. These certifications form the basis of the education and training that an EMT will receive to become certified as an emergency medical technician.

In addition to having a current American Red Cross CPR for Professional Rescuer card and/or an American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Provider card, an EMT will need to have completed training from a Florida Department of Health-approved EMT program.

Finally, the EMT applicant will need to take and pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) exam in order to complete the licensing requirements for EMT within the state of Florida. All proof will need to be submitted along with an application before an EMT will be licensed to perform as an EMT in the field.

Becoming an EMT at HCI

You can become an EMT in the state of Florida by completing your required education and training at HCI. Our programs include an EMT course that covers everything you would need to know to begin as an EMT in the field or the Associate of Science in Emergency Medical Services for a more advanced level within the emergency medical field.

The EMT course involves 150 clock hours in theory courses, 50 clock hours in laboratories, and 50 clock hours at an externship. Students will get hands-on experience through simulated situations before receiving real-life training on an ambulance or in an emergency room setting.

The associate’s degree includes general education courses for a well-rounded education in addition to the specialized training required to become an EMT or Paramedic. Graduates will be equipped to handle a variety of responsibilities within the emergency medical field.

Ready to take the next step? Call your HCI representative today to learn more about our EMT programs.


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