To begin a career in EMS, you have to be a student first. Being a student studying for the NREMT is rigorous and fast-paced—it’s pretty similar to the daily life of an EMT. In both roles, you’ll be collaborating with a diverse group of people who are different ages and come from various backgrounds. You’ll be speaking in medical jargon and acronyms that the outside world doesn’t understand. You’ll be note taking, asking questions, and learning every day. As both an EMT student and EMT, you’ll be prioritizing rest, nutrition, and limiting distraction time.
There’s a huge difference between being an EMT student and being a certified EMT, however.
Could you guess what it is?
The major difference is between obtaining practical knowledge Vs. hands-on-experience.
Don’t get me wrong—taking an EMT course will undoubtedly prepare you for life as an EMT— but it’s a different type of knowledge. Because of the fast-moving class structure, you’ll focus more on the terms, definitions, and imagined scenarios you will be tested on via the NREMT. You will have a ride along and do demonstrations in the classroom but it won’t give you the real world experience that comes from your first day as an EMT.
As an EMT you’ll have to deal with delirious people in emergency setting. You’ll work with many people everyday— not just your classmates and instructors. You’ll have to care for the ambulance, ensure patient comfort, and work closely with your partner on a daily basis— definitions and terms are just a drop in the ocean of your endless daily tasks. There are a million things to juggle outside of paperwork, driving safely, and conducting yourself in a professional manner under these high-pressure settings. You’ll have long shift days where you’ll work anywhere between 12 and 16 hours.
The difference lies between the practical knowledge and real word abilities.
Are you ready to take the leap and begin a career in the exhilarating world of EMS?
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