All aspiring students looking to become an EMT in Nebraska will be regulated by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Below in our latest article we walk through what it will take to get started today on the path to be a Nebraska EMT.

What does a Nebraska Emergency Medical Technician do?

Whereas the general purpose of EMTs and Paramedics is to attend to the sick and seriously injured, there is far more to their jobs. Here is a link to their specific job duties.

Becoming an EMT in Nebraska

If you would like to become an EMT or Paramedic in Nebraska, you will be expected to graduate from a formal training course. The State of Nebraska furthermore asks all of its EMTs and Paramedics to get licensed. The subsequent five steps are required in order to become an EMT in each state.

Step 1: Complete high school or earn your G.E.D.

If shopping for an Emergency Medical Technician certification class, you may find that all educators require trainees to have a G.E.D. or diploma before enrollment. And so, regardless of your professional goals, make sure that you finish this step.

Step 2: Graduate from a NE EMT training class

You need to complete an accredited, NE dept. of Health and Human Services approved Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training course. Students must have completed the training in the previous two years and present verification of successful course finalization on the National Registry website (more info below). Emergency Medical Technician training is provided at various facilities, among them: community colleges, vocational schools, hospitals and regular universities. You can also take them at fire and police academies.

Approved EMT Training Courses in Nebraska

Below is the complete list of NE Department of Health and Human Services approved EMT training programs in Nebraska.

ALS Affiliates J. Scott Hartley Nebr. EMR
Westwood Plaza scott@alsaffiliates.com #616 EMT Continuing Education
2819 S. 125th Ave. Suite 251 http://www.alsaffiliates.com/
Omaha, NE 68144 Dr. James Faylor
T: 402-292-8535 Refreshers
F: 402-933-2411

American Red Cross Henry Schultz Nebr. EMR Continuing Education
220 Oak Creek Dr. henry.schultz51@gmail.com #215
PO Box 83267 http://www.redcross.org/
Lincoln, NE 68501 Dr. Stephen Nagengast
T: 402-441-6398
F: 402-441-7016 Only trains internal students

Central Comm. College – Columbus Chris Fisher Nebr. EMR Bridge Courses
4500 63rd Street christopherfisher@cccneb.edu 2018 EMT Continuing Education
PO Box 1027 http://www.cccneb.edu/ #312
Columbus, NE 68602-1027 Dr. Mark Howeter
T: 402-562-1451 Refreshers
F: 402-562-1201

Central Comm. College – Grand Island Amy Marshall Nebr. EMR Bridge Courses
3134 West Highway 34 amarshall@cccneb.edu #411 EMT Continuing Education
PO Box 4903 http://www.cccneb.edu/ Associate’s Degree
Grand Island, NE 68802-4903 Dr. Michael McGahan CAAHEP Paramedic
T: 308-398-7479 2021 Refreshers
F: 308-398-7440

Central Comm. College – Hastings DeeAnne Janssen Nebr. EMR Bridge Courses
550 S. Technical Blvd deejanssen@cccneb.edu #412 EMT Continuing Education
PO Box 1024 http://www.cccneb.edu/
Hastings, NE 68902 Dr. Barry Bohlen
T: 402-461-2487 Refreshers
F: 402-461-2506

Central Comm. College – Lexington Dr. Kelly Christensen Nebr. EMR Bridge Courses
1501 Plum Creek Parkway kchristensen@cccneb.edu #413 EMT Continuing Education
PO Box 827 http://www.cccneb.edu/
Lexington, NE 68850-0827 Dr. Kerrey Buser
T: 308-324-8482 Refreshers
F: 308-324-8482

Creighton University Dr. Mike Miller Nebr. EMR Bridge Courses
2500 California Plaza Old Gym/Vinardi
Center (mailing) mikemiller@creighton.edu #113 EMT Continuing Education
24th & Burt Streets (physical) http://ems.creighton.edu/ AEMT Associate’s Degree
Omaha, NE 68178 Dr. Rick Walker CAAHEP Paramedic Bachelor’s Degree
T: 402-280-1280 Dr. Eric Ernest, Assoc PMD 2021 Refreshers Master’s Degree

Emergency Provider Instruction Carol Gupton Nebr. EMR Bridge Courses
PO Box 461146 gupton.ems@gmail.com #120 EMT Continuing Education
Papillion, NE 68046
T: 402-880-8203 Dr. Andrew Herd
F: 888-349-5911 Refreshers

Good Samaritan Hospital Matt Walter Nebr. Bridge Courses
10 East 31st St. matthewwalter@catholichealth.net #414 EMT Continuing Education
PO Box 1990
Kearney, NE 68848-1990 http://www.gshs.org/default.cfm
T:308-865-7513
F: 308-865-2375 Dr. Cheryl Roth

McCook Comm. College Joy Molcyk Nebr. Bridge Courses
1205 East 3rd St. molcykj@mpcc.edu #512 EMT Continuing Education
McCook, NE 69001 http://www.mpcc.edu Associate’s Degree
T: 308-345-8160 Dr. Richard Klug CAAHEP Paramedic
F: 308-345-8147 2022 Refreshers

Metropolitan Comm. College Peggy Dean Nebr. Bridge Courses
South Campus ITC Building msdean@mccneb.edu 2017 EMT Continuing Education
Box 3777 (27th & Q St.) http://www.mccneb.edu/ems/ CAAHEP AEMT Associate’s Degree
Omaha, NE 68103-0777 Dr. Joseph Stothert Paramedic
T: 531-622-4015 2020 Refreshers
F: 402-403-3120

Mid-Plains Comm. College Alex McConnell Nebr. EMR
601 West State Farm Road – HASC #117 mcconnella@mpcc.edu #511 EMT Continuing Education
North Platte, NE 69101 http://www.mpcc.edu
T:308-221-6419 Dr. Deborah Weaver
F: 308-534-5767 Refreshers

Northeast Comm. College Carol Rodenborg Nebr. EMR Bridge Courses
801 East Benjamin Ave. carolr@northeast.edu #311 EMT Continuing Education
PO Box 469 http://www.northeast.edu/ Associate’s Degree
Norfolk, NE 68702-0469 CAAHEP Paramedic
T: 402-844-7720 Dr. G. Thomas Surber 2021 Refreshers
F: 402-844-7390

Occupational Health & Safety Svc. Earl Rudolph Nebr. EMR Bridge Courses
15423 South 99th St. earl102@att.net #116 EMT Continuing Education
Papillion, NE 68046
T: 402-339-1332 Dr. Theresa Hatcher

Omaha Fire Department Thomas Mancuso Nebr. EMR
1516 Jackson St. (11616 Rainwood Rd) tmancuso@ci.omaha.ne.us #119 EMT Continuing Education
Omaha, NE 68102 http://www.omaha-fire.org/ AEMT
T: 402-444-5717 Dr. Paul Schenarts Paramedic
F: 402-996-8046 Refreshers

Panhandle EMS Education Robin Darnall Nebr. EMR Bridge Courses
1915 10th St ems.edu911@gmail.com #623 EMT Continuing Education
PO Box 574 AEMT
Gering, NE 69341 Dr. Sheila Webb-Bowles
T: 308-225-1177 Refreshers
F: 308-783-1456

Southeast Comm. College – Cont Ed Cherri Fuehring Nebr. EMR Bridge Courses
301 S 68th Place clynch-fuehring@southeast.edu 2017 Continuing Education
Lincoln, NE 68510 http://www.southeast.edu/ #622
T: 402-437-2506 Dr. Cindy Gubbels
F: 402-437-2703 Refreshers EMS Instructor

Southeast Comm. College Ryan Batenhorst Nebr.
8800 O St. rbatenhorst@southeast.edu #212 EMT
Lincoln, NE 68520 http://www.southeast.edu/ Associate’s Degree
T: 402-437-2795 Dr. John Bonta CoAEMSP Paramedic
F: 402-437-2882 2019

Union College-Int’l Rescue & Relief Kyle Kuehmichel Nebr.
3800 South 48th St. kyle.kuehmichel@ucollege.edu #314 EMT Continuing Education
Lincoln, NE 68506-4386 http://www.ucollege.edu/irr Associate’s Degree
T: 402-486-2980 Dr. John Bonta Bachelor’s Degree

Western Nebraska Comm. College Graham Judd Nebr. EMR Bridge Courses
1601 East 27th St. juddg1@wncc.edu #615 EMT Continuing Education
Scottsbluff, NE 69361 http://www.wncc.net/programs-study/ AEMT
T: 308-635-6181 Dr. David Cornutt

How long does EMT training in Nebraska take?

One should plan on spending at least two to six months in class to become an EMT.

Step 3: Become CPR-BLS certified

Along with finishing your EMT training course, you must also be CPR-BLS credentialed prior to taking your certification test. The American Heart Association manages the standards for all Basic Life Support (BLS) and CPR classes. Among the largest, and most-prominent providers of certification training is the American Red Cross.

Step 4: Challenge the National Registry’s EMT Cognitive and Psychomotor tests

The Emergency Medical Technicians certification assessment is administered in two halves: the National Registry Cognitive (knowledge) and Psychomotor (skills) assessments. Whereas the Psychomotor Exam requires students to demonstrate their skill in-person, the multiple-choice Cognitive Exam is offered in an online layout. We discuss the two test portions in more detail below.

Click on the link here to see more details about the certification examination.

Step 5: Become registered on the National EMT Registry

After completing EMT training, all students will need to become added on the National EMT Registry within 30 days of becoming certified. There’s an $80 fee required to get included. Getting your name included on this list is the last step needed to become eligible for hire as an EMT.

How much do EMTs make in Nebraska?

The data below highlights all the salary and hourly pay information for EMTs in Nebraska. All the data comes directly from bls.gov.

LocationPay TypeLowMedianHigh
United StatesHourly$10.52$16.05$27.40
Yearly$21,880 $33,380 $56,990
NebraskaHourly$10.69$16.17$26.48
Yearly$22,230 $33,630 $55,080
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA MSAHourly$13.07$18.14$29.70
Yearly$27,180 $37,730 $61,780
Northeastern Nebraska BOSHourly$12.64$17.33$25.84
Yearly$26,290 $36,050 $53,740
Sioux City, IA-NE-SD MSAHourly$12.22$16.63$34.84
Yearly$25,420 $34,600 $72,470
Central Nebraska BOSHourly$11.48$16.38$22.58
Yearly$23,870 $34,070 $46,970
Western Nebraska BOSHourly$9.35$15.73$20.03
Yearly$19,450 $32,720 $41,660
Southeastern Nebraska BOSHourly$10.20$15.28$21.10
Yearly$21,210 $31,780 $43,880

The job outlook for EMTs in Nebraska

Thanks to the population increasing and the Baby Boomer Generation reaching retirement age in such massive numbers, the healthcare industry overall is going through historic growth in Nebraska. This trend is true of EMTs and Paramedics also, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics projecting a 24% surge in the quantity of new jobs for these positions throughout the state by 2026.