Basic EMT training programs last from three to 12 weeks and teach the groundwork for becoming an Emergency Medical Technician. Some skills learned in these programs are CPR, emergency responsiveness and patient assessment.
An EMT is usually the first responder in a medical emergency. EMTs are responsible for stabilizing patients and providing emergency triage and lifesaving care. EMTs are required to become certified through the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, or NREMT, and keep up with continuing education hours to remain eligible to work. After successfully completing a basic EMT course and becoming certified, a student can go on to become a higher level EMT or a paramedic through an additional certification or degree program.