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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

People's lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). Using pre-determined protocols, EMTs provide emergency care and transport patients to medical facilities. EMTs operate in emergency medical services systems where a physician provides medical direction and oversight.

EMT training programs are offered through various Kentucky Community & Technical College System programs, Kentucky State Fire Rescue Training and other Training and Educational Institutions throughout the Commonwealth. After completion of an EMT class, the student must take the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) exam. Disclaimer: Successful completion and certification with the NREMT does not grant a license to practice as an EMT in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

In order to become a Licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in the state of Kentucky, you will need to apply under one of the following application types:

PromotionEMT Inital Certification (from a Kentucky Approved Course)

PromotionEMT Recertification

PromotionEMT Reciprocity Certification

PromotionEMT Reinstatement of Certification

PromotionEMT Temporary Certification

Course Information

The previous EMT-Basic: National Standard Curriculum  was a core curriculum with minimum requirements, to be presented within a minimum 119-hour training program. The new National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards outline contains the minimal terminal objectives for entry-level EMS personnel and the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards – Emergency Medical Technician Instructional Guidelines provide the instructional guidance utilizing competency based outcomes instead of specific subject time of instruction requirements.  It is recognized that there is additional specific education that will be required of EMT-Basics who operate in the field, i.e. ambulance driver training, heavy and light rescue, basic extrication, special needs, and so on. It is also recognized that this information might differ from locality to locality, and that each training program, or system should identify and provide special training requirements. This curriculum is intended to prepare a medically competent EMT-Basic to operate in the field. Enrichment programs and continuing education will help fulfill other specific needs for the EMT-Basic's education.  Kentucky specific supplemental curriculum for EMT’s can be found on the KBEMS Forms page under Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).