The mission of the National Registry of EMTs is to serve as the national EMS certification organization by providing a valid, uniform process to assess the knowledge and skills required for competent practice by EMS professionals throughout their careers and by maintaining a registry of certification status. Since the first NREMT examination was administered in 1971, over two million EMS professionals have obtained EMS certification. In 2011, the NREMT certification process was approved for international use.
The NREMT is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the accreditation body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. The NREMT is also affiliated with the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Educational Programs (CAAHEP).
Emergency Medical Responders (EMRs) provide immediate lifesaving care to patients who access the emergency medical services system. EMRs have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide immediate lifesaving interventions while awaiting additional EMS resources to arrive. Although EMRs typically are not the primary care-giver during patient transport, EMRs are a vital part of the team and are trained to provide assistance to higher-level personnel during transport.
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Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) provide out of hospital medical care and transportation for critical, emergent, and non-emergency patients. Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response system, under medical oversight. Emergency Medical Technicians are a critical link between the scene of an emergency and the health care system.
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Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians (AEMTs) are trained to provide basic life support and some advanced life support interventions. The Advanced Emergency Medical Technician is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system.
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Paramedics are allied health professionals whose primary focus is to provide advanced emergency medical care to critical and emergent patients that are predominantly in the pre-hospital or out-of-hospital environment. Paramedics receive specialized training in anatomy and physiology, cardiology, medications, and medical procedures. Paramedics are often referred to as an extension of the Emergency Department Physician.
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