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drivers license to become emt-b? [May. 28th, 2009|10:13 pm]
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[kangrena]
Hello, I'm planning on taking courses in EMT in college around mid august. I want to become an EMT-Basic. I was wondering, do you need a driver's license in order to pass?

Because I don't drive but I plan to eventually. I was just wondering if its a must to have a drivers license before you start school.
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[User Picture]From: kangrena
2009-05-29 05:59 am (UTC)

costs?

do you know around how much it'll cost to become an EMT-B? I'll be taking classes at a community college. I'm guessing around $700 but I'm not sure.
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[User Picture]From: kangrena
2009-05-29 06:44 am (UTC)
thanks for the info! I'm also from CA too but from Los Angeles County. I actually dont know how to drive period. But I'm definitly willing to learn how to. I dont have health insurrance.
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[User Picture]From: eljamie
2009-06-01 02:57 am (UTC)
class cost you 102? how long was it?
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[User Picture]From: eljamie
2009-06-01 02:48 pm (UTC)
holy smokes... my tuition and books came to roughly 10 grand (and that's with being partially subsidized by the government) and was two years long, including 100+ hours in adult/peds ERs, 24 in an obstetrics ward, and around 700 on an ambulance
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[User Picture]From: eljamie
2009-06-01 04:21 pm (UTC)
nope, that's to be the equivalent of an emt-b here in canada (called a primary care paramedic).. i'm starting the ALS training (emt-p, called an advanced care paramedic here) in september which is going to be about another year (12 weeks of fulltime classes, then 6-8 months of clinicals in more adult/ped ERs and some OR placements, and rideouts on an ALS truck) and another 10-15K - the course isn't subsidized by the government yet, but they want every truck to have an ALS medic on it... go figure!
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[User Picture]From: k7point5
2009-05-29 12:53 pm (UTC)
Actually it varies by state. I live in Rhode Island and I needed to have a drivers license in order to take the state test. If I were to lose my drivers license for whatever reason or have it suspended, I would consequently lose my EMT license.
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[User Picture]From: brendo
2009-05-29 03:19 pm (UTC)
....I'm not sure about that. I know for a fact that there's a C working right now who's legally blind.
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[User Picture]From: k7point5
2009-05-29 03:25 pm (UTC)
You can be legally blind and still have a drivers license (as scary as that sounds) as long as with corrective lenses you can pass the eye exam. I have a friend in this situation.

The only reason I know about the drivers license thing is that another friend was cited for drinking in public, had his license suspended, and as a result his EMT license was also suspended until he had his DL back.
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[User Picture]From: wolfwyndd
2009-05-29 01:12 pm (UTC)
Each state has different requirements. Actually, sometimes within each state different regions also have different requirements. However, I'd be willing to bet that no matter what state you're going to go for your EMT they are gonna require you to be able to drive. Being an EMT is not always about working the back of the rig, you gotta get there first. How do you plan on getting the rig there if you can't drive?
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[User Picture]From: brendo
2009-05-29 03:21 pm (UTC)
Well, look at it this way- he won't have a bad driving record preventing him from getting a job! LOL
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[User Picture]From: cougarpaws
2009-05-29 04:15 pm (UTC)
In maine most volunteer ambulance services won't pay for it. Its because they a run off donations and a set budget from the town they reside. I was a Driver for one but not licensed. They were part of a Fire Dept. So I did my AVOC threw them, up here you are required to have a drivers license to get in to the class.
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[User Picture]From: cougarpaws
2009-05-29 04:17 pm (UTC)
forgot to mention you also have to have it for 3 years with no incidents.
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[User Picture]From: jambosana
2009-06-23 02:33 am (UTC)
like others have said, it varies on what state and where you take it. ive seen a couple classes that require you to have a DL because of the fact that they also, at the same time, have you co-register in a driving class. ive never looked too close at an emt-b class, but i know there are places that will hire you, if you cant drive, but will be much harder to find then a driving job. places that you can look, if your looking for a job, without a DL are places like a mall or another "public" center. some jobs will hire you, to do another job, but your on call if something happens.

best thing you can do, is call the school and talk to someone about the requirements to take the class, before the start of the school session. if they dont say anything about having a DL then your in the clear. if they require you to get places, you might have a harder time then some, but usually you can tag team it with someone else in your class. also, if you get to do any ride-alongs, because your not employed by the company, you wouldnt be allowed to drive anyways, their insurance wont cover you.

good luck!!!
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