How to Become an EMT in Indiana
Indiana licenses 4 levels of EMT in the state: EMT-Basic, EMT-Basic Advanced, EMT-Intermediate, and Paramedic. If you want to learn how to become an EMT in Indiana you’ll be working with the Indiana Emergency Medical Services Commission which is under the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS)
Requirements to Become an EMT in Indiana
To become an EMT in Indiana you will need to have your CPR certification before you start your EMT training program. It’s also important to know that Indiana does not recognize National Registry certification for EMT-Basic unless you already have a valid EMT license from another state. Otherwise you will need to take the Indiana state practical and written exams.
Basic requirements to become an EMT in Indiana:
- You must be 18 years of age or older upon successful completion of your EMT Basic training course.
- CPR certification, either Healthcare Provider CPR (American Heart Association) or Professional Rescuer (Red Cross)
- Passing a state approved EMT training course with a “C” or better.
- Passing of the Indiana written and practical exams.
EMT Training in Indiana
EMT-Basic training requires a minimum of 144.5 hours of instruction. The hours are broken up like this: 128.5 hrs classroom, 8 hours hospital, 8 hours ambulance.
Indiana training courses will take up to 16 weeks to complete. The length of the course will depend on the schedule of classes at the training institution.
Expect to pay around $700 for your EMT training course. Most programs include all materials and books in this fee but some facilities require students to purchase books and other items separately.
Each level of EMT beyond EMT-Basic requires additional training to learn more advanced life saving techniques. A complete list of required hours and skills for each level of EMT in Indiana can be found here Levels of Indiana EMS Certification & Education Requirements (pdf)
Reciprocity for EMTs Licensed in Another State
If you have a valid EMT license from another state or the National Registry of EMTs you can apply for a temporary EMT certification in Indiana after gaining affiliation with an Indiana Certified Provider Organization.
The temporary EMT license lasts for the remaining time on your current license or 6 months, whichever is shorter. You can apply for full certification after completing Indiana’s examination requirements.
Full details on Indiana’s reciprocity rules can be found here: Indiana Reciprocity Procedure (pdf)
EMT Jobs in Indiana
Job prospects for EMTs is looking very good for the foreseeable future.
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects an additional 75,000 EMT jobs by 2020. That’s a 33% increase in the number of EMT positions as of 2010. Average job growth for all occupations in the U.S.A. is projected to be 14% for the same time period. In other words EMT job openings are expected to increase at more than double the national average in the next ten years.
Check the job board to find EMT jobs in your area.
Indiana Department of Homeland Security
Emergency Medical Systems Commission
EMS Certifications, E239, IGC-S
302 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2739
Monday-Friday - 8:30am-4:00pm
Phone: 1-800-666-7784 or (317) 234-6804