Becoming an Emergency Medical Services Provider in Virginia

This page is designed to provide information to those seeking to become an emergency medical services provider in Virginia.  If you encounter any difficulties viewing information on this page, or have any questions, comments or suggestions related to information on this page, please send an email to Chad Blosser. We appreciate your feedback.

What does an EMT do?

EMTs are health care professionals who work on ambulances to respond to 911 calls. Emergency calls can range from life threatening issues, such as cardiac arrests or gun shot wounds, to minor complaints, such as sore throats or sprained ankles. These calls bring EMTs to a wide variety of locations, including patients’ homes, businesses, and even out on the street. Once on scene with the patient, EMTs efficiently treat any life-threatening issues, such as difficulty breathing or major bleeding.

In rural areas, EMTs are a crucial link between the hospital and a widely distributed population. In urban areas, EMTs act in concert with police and firefighters to coordinate life-saving care with major hospital centers.

How do EMTs interact with other health professions workers?

In the field, EMTs work closely with firefighters and police. Firefighters are wonderful assets to EMTs as they assist with difficult extractions on the scene of motor vehicle collisions and can also provide medical care to the patient should the EMS unit require additional assistance. Once the team has arrived at the hospital, EMTs interact directly with nurses and emergency medical physicians to transfer patient care. EMTs provide doctors and nurses with vital background information on the patient by relaying pertinent history and physical exam findings.

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If at any point you have questions or require assistance, feel free to reach out to Ms. Toni Twyman (toni.twyman@vdh.virginia.gov).