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The Journey to Being an EMR: How Hard Are Certification Courses?

Just how hard is it to be an Emergency Medical Responder? Today, we take a closer look at the courses we can take to be certified and its difficulty.

It is no secret that not everyone can become an EMR. It takes guts, dedication, and commitment. When a person decides to become a certified first responder, what is there to do? The answer is simple: sign up for a certification course.

Are there requirements to take a certification course?

Yes, there are. While the requirements may vary depending on what country or organization is giving the course, there are certain universal criteria to be eligible.

First of all, the applicant should be at least sixteen years of age. They should be in good (not necessarily peak) health. The duties of an EMR can take a physical toll; so as much as possible, they want applicants to have stamina. The applicant must have a solid knowledge of Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Some organizations will require the applicant to be at a professional rescuer level when it comes to CPR. They may even ask for suitable certification for it.

Applicants must submit a completed criminal background affidavit, often, in their own hand. Beyond that, anyone is eligible to take the course.

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Is there a written exam?

Yes, there is. However, it is to be noted that there are usually two written exams. One exam is done at the start to see who passes basic knowledge. The latter exam is done at the end of the course as a “finals” of sort. The duration of the exam is normally 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Those who wish to certify as an EMR need a minimum passing score of 70%.

Is a written exam all that’s required?

No, it is not. Other than the written exam, there is a physical test. EMRs need to suitably show proper application of skills and methods learned during training.

After getting a passing grade, is that all there is?

Yes and no. Once a trainee successfully completes the written and physical exam, they are now fully certified EMRs. However, there is often a mandatory bi-annual refresher course that certified EMRs need to undergo.

These refresher courses often last for 3 days. If the EMR does not take the refresher course within the prescribed date, they will have to undergo full training once again.

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What do you learn in a certification course anyway?

By willfully undertaking the Emergency Medical Responder Course, you are expected to be familiar with several lifesaving methods. Some of these are: pharmacology, assessment of medical emergencies, providing ongoing assessment until advance care in on-site, the identification and management of airway problems, using and applying oxygen delivery devices, etc.

So as you can see, there is a lot to pick up from a certification course.

How long does a course last?

While it may vary depending on the advancement of the course you choose, most EMRs certification classes cover around 40 hours of classroom and hands-on exercises.