The time to become an EMT in Washington State could not be any better than now. Below we show you all the steps in the process and get you on the pathway to licensing as an EMT in Washington. All EMTs in Washington State are regulated by the Washington State Department of Health.
What do Washington EMTs do?
As mentioned previously, EMTs and Paramedics attend to the sick or badly injured in crisis situations. Here are some of their specific EMT job duties here.
How to become an Emergency Medical Technician in Washington
Becoming an Emergency Medical Technician in Washington calls for the completion of a professional training program. Washington requires that all Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics in the state be professionally certified. While each state might have varying criteria for EMT certification, the five steps listed below are relatively common.
Step 1: Graduate from high school or earn your G.E.D.
All Emergency Medical Technician courses require applicants to be high school graduates or hold a G.E.D. as part of their admissions prerequisites. Put in the time to complete this first step, and you can eliminate a huge number of barriers over your career.
Step 2: Complete an accredited EMT course in WA
To be able to test for certification, you must initially finish a Washington State Department of Health accredited EMT class. Before sitting for the exam, you have to present verification of having graduated from a class in the last two years, and should also be included on the National Registry (see below). Community colleges, trade schools, hospitals and universities all provide Emergency Medical Technician training classes. It’s many times also possible to find training at schools for firefighters and police officers.
Washington State Department of Health Approved EMT Programs in WA
North Seattle College 9600 College Way North Seattle WA 98103-3599 206-934-3600
Tacoma Community College 6501 S 19th St Tacoma WA 98466-6100 253-566-5000
Everett Community College 2000 Tower Street Everett WA 98201 425-388-9100
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 1400 NE Campus Parkway Seattle WA 98195-4550 206-543-2100
Central Washington University 400 East University Way Ellensburg WA 98926-7501 509-963-1111
Pierce College-Fort Steilacoom 9401 Farwest Dr SW Lakewood WA 98498-1999 253-964-6500
Centralia College 600 Centralia College Blvd. Centralia WA 98531-4099 360-736-9391
Columbia Basin College 2600 N 20th Ave Pasco WA 99301 509-547-0511
How long does Washington EMT training take?
According to the specific training course, EMT programs in Washington State can often be finished in between 2 and six months.
The list shown below reflects the typical number of training hours for different types of EMT courses in WA.
Step 3: Become CPR-BLS certified
Students must have a CPR-BLS credential for “Healthcare Providers” for EMT candidacy. All Basic Life Support and CPR certification programs have to satisfy standards established by the American Heart Association. Training is available through an assortment of providers, including the American Red Cross.
Step 4: Pass the National Registry EMT Exam
The Emergency Medical Technicians certification examination is administered in two sections: the National Registry Cognitive (knowledge) and Psychomotor (skills) exams. The Cognitive Exam is given in an online, multiple-choice style, and the Psychomotor Exam is offered at a physical venue under the eye of an evaluator. Both segments of the National Registry EMT Exam are discussed in more detail directly below.
See more details about the exams here.
Step 5: Become registered on the National EMT Registry
The last step in becoming an EMT is getting your name posted to the National Emergency Medical Technician Registry inside of 30 days of completing your training. A fee of $80 needs to be paid so that you can have your name included on the registry. Having your name included on this list is the final step needed to become eligible for employment as an EMT.
EMT salary in Washington
The table from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics below shows all the salary and hourly wage details for EMTs in Washington.
|Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division||Hourly||$15.72||$40.55||$49.30|
|Olympia, WA MSA||Hourly||$12.09||$39.64||$49.84|
|Bremerton-Silverdale, WA MSA||Hourly||$20.53||$38.89||$47.91|
|Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division||Hourly||$15.81||$36.89||$53.57|
|Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA MSA||Hourly||$11.59||$32.28||$48.01|
|Southwestern Washington BOS||Hourly||$16.76||$31.92||$40.22|
|Lewiston, ID-WA MSA||Hourly||$11.96||$28.32||$46.88|
|Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA MSA||Hourly||$13.73||$23.65||$41.42|
|Spokane, WA MSA||Hourly||$11.29||$19.42||$23.55|
|Central Washington BOS||Hourly||$13.11||$18.60||$49.41|
|Eastern Washington BOS||Hourly||$11.46||$16.94||$45.23|
|Wenatchee-East Wenatchee, WA MSA||Hourly||$11.40||$15.63||$24.19|
|Northwestern Washington BOS||Hourly||$11.26||$12.29||$45.98|
What is the job outlook for EMTs and Paramedics in Washington?
With the population growing and the Baby Boomer Generation hitting retirement age in such large numbers, the medical field industry as a whole is experiencing historic growth in Washington. This phenomenon applies to EMTs and Paramedics as well, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasting a 24% surge in the number of new opportunities for these positions throughout the state through 2026.