I am an LPN, RN, PA, or Military Corpsman

Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Registered Nurses (RNs), Physician’s Assistants (PAs) and Military Corpsmen can request to challenge the EMT certification exam.

Candidates seeking to challenge the EMT exam must complete an online application and submit digital copies of EMS credentials to the Division of Accreditation, Certification & Education of the Office of EMS.  Upon notification that the application for challenge has been approved, the Office of EMS will assign the applicant an alpha-numeric Virginia EMS number and the applicant can begin acquiring the required 40 hours using the assigned number (with the letter B in front of the number) to submit the training hours to our office. After completion of the 40 hours and being notified of testing eligibility, you will need to take the National Registry EMT cognitive examination.

You will take the National Registry EMT’s cognitive examination at a Pearson VUE testing center. National Registry will offer you up to six (6) opportunities to pass the cognitive examination however, after three unsuccessful attempts you would be required to do 20 hours of remedial education.

Individuals seeking to challenge the EMT exam should familiarize themselves with how to gain their Virginia certification.  Please click here to see how to gain certification in Virginia.

You will be required to have the following documentation in a digital format in order to make your application for challenge. A current:

  • Copy of your military medic card/nursing license/PA or NP license/medical license
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) card
  • Driver’s license or U.S. Passport

Please do not begin the online application process until you have gathered all the necessary documentation in order to prevent your application from timing out.  A Quick Guide for How to Apply can be found by clicking here.

For questions about reciprocity email Ms. Toni Twyman (toni.twyman@vdh.virginia.gov).

An FBI fingerprint background check is REQUIRED in order for your application to be processed.  Please click on the “FBI Background” button below for steps on how to complete this requirement.