FAQs

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1. Is your program state approved in Utah?
2. What is the cost of the course and what is included?
3. Emergency Medical Technician Program Supplies and Requirements
4. Students must arrive the first day of class with the following:
5. What exactly does an EMS technician do when working?
6. Can I bring food to class?
7. Where do I do my ride-along?
8. Please adhere to the following guidelines while completing your hours:
9. Does EMT UTAH provide job placement?

10. Why should I choose EMT UTAH for my EMS Training?
11. How do I apply to work as an EMT in another state with my Utah certification?
12. Do I need a background check to attend the program or sit for the state exams?
13. Can I make a payment on my account?

Is your program state approved in Utah?

Yes, the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services oversees all EMS training in Utah and has approved our program. Once a student successfully completes the program, the Course Coordinator recommends the student for testing by the NREMT. All practical testing is done on site (a student may choose to test somewhere else) and the written exam is conducted off site at an approved location. See Testing Information for each course. If a student successfully passes the exams – both written and skills, he or she is issued certification as an EMT or A-EMT depending on certification the student is applying for.
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What is the cost of the course and what is included?

The cost of the EMT course is $895 (plus BEMS fee of $115, and NREMT written test fee of $70). The cost of the AEMT course is $785 (plus BEMS fee of $115 and NREMT written test fee of $100, and a school testing fee $125).

EMT Tuition includes: Training and skills practice, a ride-along, T-shirt, textbook, access to online resources, remediation during and after the course ends, NREMT school practical test, guest lectures, and the opportunity to join the EMT Utah Volunteer Corps.

Additional Fees: TB test onsite ($15), BP Cuff available ($40), CPR if needed ($40), supplies, equipment and hats, beanies, patches and rockers in the Gear Shop.

A-EMT Tuition includes: Training and skills practice,  T-shirt, (if new to the school), textbook, access to online resources, remediation during and after the course ends, guest lectures, possible ride alongs, and the opportunity to join the EMT Utah Volunteer Corps.

Additional Fees: TB test onsite ($15), BP Cuff available ($40), CPR if needed ($40), supplies, equipment, beanies, patches and rockers. The NREMT school practical test is discounted for students who take the test with their class, $125 (save $25).
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Emergency Medical Technician Program Supplies and Requirements

Students must purchase or acquire these items BEFORE the first day of class. Orientation for the program is mandatory on the first day of class. This will provide an overview of the program and school and will give you time to meet others in the program and to ask questions.  This program prepares you for employment so professional dress, behavior and respect is required.

Students must arrive the first day of class with the following:

  • Wear only navy blue/black colored pants (no jeans, no shorts) and a school issued EMS Team shirt. Each student may purchase an additional EMT Team shirt that is to be worn to class every day of class payable to EMT UTAH ($15) – We accept credit cards only. This is the dress code for your ride-along as well so keep your uniform neat, clean and in good repair. Women must wear a t-shirt or camisole under the shirt if it opens enough to expose cleavage.
  • Close toed shoes are required every day – no sandals are allowed on campus
  • A blood pressure cuff and stethoscope set ($40 from the school) or this may be purchased elsewhere. Make sure both the cuff and stethoscope are in good repair and fully functional. Bring them to class each day.
  • A backpack for books, supplies, handouts and homework. Students are encouraged to label their backpack with their name.
  • Pencils, pens, and a working calculator
  • A watch with a second hand. A watch may be purchased from the school for $10.
  • Access to a computer
  • Bring the textbook and other educational handouts and information to class each day/

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What exactly does an EMS technician do when working?

EMTs and Paramedics typically do the following:

  • Respond to 911 calls for emergency medical assistance, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or bandaging a wound
  • Assess a patient’s condition and determine a course of treatment
  • Follow guidelines that they learned in training and that they receive from physicians who oversee their work
  • Use backboards and restraints to keep patients still and safe in an ambulance for transport
  • Help transfer patients to the emergency department of a healthcare facility and report their observations and treatment to the staff
  • Create a patient care report; documenting the medical care they gave the patient
  • Replace used supplies and check or clean equipment after use

When taking a patient to the hospital, one EMT or Paramedic may drive the ambulance while another monitors the patient’s vital signs and gives additional care. Some Paramedics work as part of a helicopter’s flight crew to transport critically ill or injured patients to a hospital.

EMTs and Paramedics also take patients from one medical facility to another. Some patients may need to be transferred to a hospital that specializes in treating their injury or illness or to a facility that provides long-term care, such as a nursing home.

If a patient has a contagious disease, EMTs and Paramedics decontaminate the interior of the ambulance and may need to report these cases to the proper authorities.

The specific responsibilities of EMTs and Paramedics depend on their level of training and the state they work in. The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) provides national certification of EMTs and Paramedics at four levels: EMT, AEMT, and Paramedic. Some states, however, have their own certification programs and use different titles.

An EMT-Basic, also known as an EMT, cares for patients at the scene and while taking patients by ambulance to a hospital. An EMT-Basic has the emergency skills to assess a patient’s condition and manage respiratory, cardiac, and trauma emergencies.

An EMT-Intermediate (1985 or 1999), also known as Advanced EMT, has completed the training required at the EMT-Basic level, as well as training for more advanced skills, such as the use of intravenous fluids and some medications.

Paramedics provide more extensive prehospital care than do EMTs. In addition to carrying out the procedures that EMTs use, paramedics can give medications orally and intravenously, interpret electrocardiograms (EKGs)—used to monitor heart function—and use other monitors and complex equipment.

The specific tasks or procedures EMTs and paramedics are allowed to perform at any level vary by state.
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Can I bring food to class?

Yes, you may bring food to class, we don’t want you going hungry! We just ask that you tidy up after yourself and be careful not to spill on desks or equipment. Be sure to empty all liquids and all leftover food away in the break room trash and not leave it in the classroom trashcan.
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Where do I do my ride-along?

Your clinical ride-along for EMT’s is completed at a fire station.

An EMT student is required to complete a total of 10 clinical hours during the EMT program.  All ten hours can completed at a Fire Department or ambulance unit. This is a state BEMS requirement that must be completed before a student will qualify to take their state exam. To verify completion of training, a student must have his or her DIRECT Preceptor or Supervisor fills out a Externship Evaluation form which must be completed and signed.
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Please adhere to the following guidelines while completing your hours:

  1. You are an EMS student in a professional environment and all your behavior should reflect professionalism.
  2. Remember that your clinical time is a privilege.  Learn everything that you can from the experience.  Ask questions and be involved.
  3. You are a guest.  Be respectful of others property and belongings.
  4. If you miss your ride-along or clinical shift it is your responsibility to make arrangements for a new shift.
  5. Dress properly.  No jeans! No baggy clothes or t-shirts with graphics. Please wear dark pants, your school EMS shirt, and good supportive shoes.  No open-toed shoes. If you are dressed inappropriately or you behave inappropriately you will be sent home.
  6. No visible piercings.
  7. Take a jacket or a coat with you.  You never know what you will be doing.
  8. You are one of the crew.  You WILL participate and work.  If the crew is cleaning, you clean.  If they are training, then you train.
  9. Bring money with you and food.  Sometimes the crew will eat out and you need to be prepared to pay your own way.
  10. Take study materials.  This will be a good time to study and ask questions.
  11. You must complete the full 10 hours.  Don’t plan to leave early. There are possibilities that you will not get off on time due to call volume and length.
  12. Remember zippa your lippa for hippa.  Everything you see, hear and say stays at the station.
  13. You are there to observe and learn.  Do not perform any procedure that you are not trained to do.
  14. If are unsure about what a staff member wants you to do please ask.
  15. Last but not least, have fun.  Enjoy your time and be happy.  This may be the only field experience some of you will have so make the most of it.

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What if I miss a ride-along? Can I make up the time?

If you fail to attend a scheduled ride-along a re-scheduling charge of $150 must be paid before we reschedule your time. It is very important that you show up for your scheduled clinical opportunity. We make efforts to schedule everyone during their course time, but you will not be recommended for testing until this is completed. This may mean your 120 hours might expire if you do not follow through.
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What is your Refund Policy?

Once a student registers for a program and pays the deposit, the student may receive a full refund if a student notifies the school that he or she has decided not to attend the program within three business days after making payment – this cooling off period extends to midnight of the third day after payment is made. This notification must be in writing, fax, in person, via email, or over the phone (but not by leaving a voice mail message). If a student pays the deposit and drops out of the program before the first day of class but after three days of making payment, the student will receive a refund of any money paid minus the deposit. No refunds are offered after the program begins. All refunds are processed within 45 days after the institution’s determination that the student is owed a refund although it usually takes 1-2 weeks. Refunds are processed in the same method as payment (cash is refunded via company check).
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Cancellation or Withdrawal from a Program:

A student has the right to withdraw at any time. The refund policy for withdrawn or dismissed students is the same for all students. No refunds are offered after the program begins. See Refund Policy above. Withdrawing or dropping out of a program does not absolve the student responsibility for payment of tuition.
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If the student is making payments for a program or has financial assistance of any kind, the student must speak with a financial aid representative prior to withdrawing from a program or as soon as possible after withdrawing. Withdrawing or dropping out of a program does not absolve the student of the responsibility for payment of tuition
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Does EMT UTAH provide job placement?

We cannot provide formal job placement but we do have a portion of our course where we discuss all of the different sectors of the economy that employ EMT’s and AEMT’s.  We do iinvite employers to speak to our classes and provide job leads to students via the website and Facebook.
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Why should I choose EMT UTAH for my EMS Training?

Our programs are competitively priced even though you get much more from the school than just a course and testing.  We offer many extras that most EMT programs do not, such as access to online resources, access to the EMT UTAH Volunteer Corps (a registry of over 200 graduates who volunteer in disaster training throughout the state), and instructors who work in the field and have been teaching for decades. We also offer discounts on additional training.
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How do I apply to work as an EMT in another state with my Utah certification?

This is called reciprocity and it varies by state. Please call the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services for more information. 801-273-6666
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Do I need a background check to attend the program or sit for the state exams?

Yes, you must be able to pass a background check. Once you enroll and submit your fees and papers to the state of Utah BEMS they will conduct a background check on you. If you do not pass, you will not be allowed to test. BUT, you will still need to pay for the program AND you will not get your state testing fee returned to you. Therefore, it is very important and it is up to YOU to make sure nothing in your background will prevent you from testing and working as an EMS Technician. If you are unsure, contact the school prior to enrolling.

Summary: Individuals with a criminal history may still qualify to work in a health care setting. Background denials are based on the aggregate information regarding a person’s criminal history and the pattern of behavior of the individual. Both expungement and rehabilitation processes are available to any person who is denied a clearance to work in a particular health care setting. A denial for one position does not preclude clearance in another position. Many factors go into deciding if a person is trustworthy to work with vulnerable populations including the type of infraction, the seriousness of the infractions, convictions vs. arrests, patterns of behavior and time frames since offenses occurred. Individuals who desire to enter the health care profession must be prepared to disclose details about their criminal history, must be prepared to petition for expungement when possible, and must be prepared to offer evidence of the rehabilitation process.

A serious criminal history that includes felony offenses of any kind, crimes against a person (sexual, physical), sexual misconduct; pornography, prostitution, sexual assault etc. are serious and may result in an inability to successfully pass a background check regardless of any rehabilitation process. It is the responsibility of the state to ensure the safety and well-being of vulnerable populations and the general public. To this end, background checks and information is used in an effort to predict possible harm that may occur as a result of employing a person who has demonstrated an inability to operate within the decency of the law.

What behavior is likely to result in a denial? According to The Bureau of Health Facility Licensing, Certification and Resident Assessment: “shall initially deny clearance for applicants with any felony or misdemeanor A convictions and specific misdemeanor convictions that fall under Utah Criminal Code as offenses against the family, offenses against the person, pornography, prostitution or any type of sexual offense, i.e., simple assault, domestic violence, lewdness, prostitution, child abuse, etc. We may also deny clearance on a pattern of convictions in excess of four (4) regardless of offense, and for failure to declare convictions. If there is an error on an applicant’s criminal record or if the applicant is eligible to have their record expunged, it is the applicant’s responsibility to resolve the matter by contacting: The Utah Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Criminal Identification at (801) 965-4445. When the matter is resolved, the applicant must provide legal documentation of the expungement, dismissal, etc. to be considered for clearance.

Can someone with a criminal history still work in healthcare? Yes, but it does present some issues. Because UDOH uses a myriad of resources including juvenile court records and information from Adult and Child Protective Services, an expungement does not guarantee an approval for a background clearance, but it does help. Individuals inclined to pursue a career in healthcare are advised to both expunge their records if possible and to begin the process of documenting the rehabilitation process. Although this cannot be submitted until a person is denied, having this available in a timely manner demonstrates a desire to turn circumstances around.

What is expungement, how does it work and will it result in the ability of someone with a criminal background to work in healthcare? Expungement is the process of deleting the record or history of criminal activity. This does not mean a person will still obtain a clean background check since other records are routinely used in making this determination.

Expungement Eligibility — WHERE TO APPLY
Utah Department of Public Safety
Bureau of Criminal Identification
3888 W 5400 S
Salt Lake City UT 84118
801-965-4445

View pamphlet “Criteria for a Certificate of Eligibility” (Overview of the Expungement Process) posted on the website at https://bci.utah.gov/expungements/) Available is a list of frequently asked questions regarding expungements and a way to obtain a juvenile court expungement certificate.

EXPUNGEMENT ELIGIBILITY Expungement eligibility is based upon the total criminal history, not just what has been reported to the Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI). This includes incidents in all states and previous expungements. They conduct a thorough background check and notify the applicant by mail of approval or denial. The Expungement Application form is on the website.

Reasons for Denial:

  • Capital felony U.C.A. 77-40-105(2)(a)(i)
  • First degree felony U.C.A. 77-40-105(2)(a)(ii)
  • Violent felony U.C.A. 76-3-203.5(1)(c)(i)
  • Automobile homicide U.C.A. 77-40-105(2)(a)(iv)
  • Felony DUI Alcohol/Drugs U.C.A. 41-69-501(2)
  • Registrable sex offenses U.C.A. 77-27-21.5(1)(n)
  • A proceeding is pending or being investigated 77-40-105(2)(b)
  • Dismissal with an intervening arrest U.C.A. 77-40-104(1)(b)
  • Statute of limitations has not been met U.C.A. 77-40-104(1)(c)(iv)
  • Fines, interest, and restitution not paid U.C.A. 77-40-105(3)(a)
  • Time required by law not met 77-40-105(3)
  • Two or more felony criminal episodes U.C.A. 77-40-105(4)(a)
  • Any combination of three or more convictions that contain two class A misdemeanors U.C.A. 77-40-105(4)(b)
  • Any combination of four or more convictions that contain three or more class B misdemeanors
    U.C.A. 77-40-105(4)(c)
  • Five or more misdemeanors or felony episodes U.C.A. 77-40-105(4)(d)

Decisions are made according to Utah state statute. Go to www.le.state.ut.us and select “Utah Code/Constitution” link to search by title. Time period does not begin until all confinement and probation has been completed.

Time Periods:

  • 10 years – Any alcohol/drug related traffic
  • 7 years – Eligible Felonies
  • 5 years – Class A Misdemeanor
  • 4 years – Class B Misdemeanor
  • 3 years- Class C Misdemeanor and infractions
  • 30 days – Dismissals

There are no limits on the number of infractions that may be expunged.
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Can I make a payment on my account?

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