Emergency Medical Technicians provide out of hospital emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical services (EMS) system. EMTs have the basic knowledge and skills necessary to stabilize and safely transport patients ranging from non-emergency and routine medical transport to life threatening as part of a comprehensive EMS response system, under medical oversight.


Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. Emergency Medical Technicians are a critical link between the scene of an emergency and the health care system.

  • National Registry

    National EMS Certification is an important component of public protection. The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians® (NREMT) provides National EMS Certification, which is a validated and legally defensible attestation of competency. When an individual obtains a National EMS Certification, the general public, employers, and state licensing authorities know that the individual has demonstrated competency.

    The National Registry is recognized in every state in the United States, and 46 states use the National Registry certification as a basis for licensure. Learn more about the differences between certification and licensure in this article.