In Idaho, EMTs must complete an EMT course, pass the National Registry (both the written and practical exams), secure affiliations with an Idaho licensed EMS agency, pass a Criminal History Check and be licensed through the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Emergency Medical Services Bureau.
There are four levels of qualifications, which are:
- First Responder
- Advanced EMT
The biggest differences between a paramedic and an EMT-Basic is the training hours and scope of the experiences. Basic EMTs usually have 120-150 hours of training under their belt in comparison, Paramedics complete 1,200-1,800 hours. Most EMT-Basic workers get a couple years of experience before moving on to paramedic training. In this line of work, expect to work long shifts and handle life and death decision-making and the stress that comes with those decisions. It is physically and emotionally challenging that can lead to burnout. This often creates higher than usual turnover rates as well as, job shortages.
West Ada's Career Technical Education (CTE) Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training is offered through the CTE Center - Renaissance Campus. The senior-level EMT Basic class is open to all qualifying students throughout the West Ada School District who have passed Health Professions and Medical Terminology for Health Professions. In addition, students are encouraged to also take the supplemental class, Emergency Medical Responder (EMR). This robust Career Technical Education EMT Pathway is challenging and rewarding. The program curriculum and classroom experiences give students valuable hands-on "real world" contact, mentorships and lots of applied experiences. The program includes access to an ambulance and classroom lab where students practice the skills necessary to be prepared to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) examination.
Health Professions - (10th grade class) taught at each zoned home high school. Coursework covers basic sports medicine skills and career exploration within the health care industry. This course counts as a health education gradutation credit. It is taught at the Health P-2 level.
Medical Terminology for Health Professions - (11th grade class) is required for students wanting to advance on to the EMT-Basic class their senior year. During the course, students learn to spell, define, pronounce and use medical terminology accurately. This course may be taken for concurrent credit.
Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) - (11th grade class) This course is highly recommended for students planning to take EMT Basic their senior year. It is open to 11th and 12th graders. The coursework covers pre-hospital care at the basic life support level. It is designed to teach lifesaving interventions to provide immediate care to critical patients who access the emergency medical system. The course has physical requirements to consider before registering for the class.
EMT Basic - (12th grade capstone class) covers the knowledge and skills needed in order to prepare students for the State of Idaho EMT Basic examination in order to become an EMT. For students who are ready for such a challenge, this course provides practical hands on applied experiences to help ensure that students are prepared for career success and understand more fully the responsibilities of pursuing various first responder careers. (Fire Services students should see the qualifying options laid out on the Fire Services webpage.) Students who OPT to participate in either EMT clinical or paramedic ride alongs experiences will be required to show proof of immunizations and health insurance. Self-transportation is required to off-campus activities.
Also see - Pathway Brochures
For complete details, see the CTE Magnet Program section of the most current edition of the Course Description Handbook.