LP Research Resources September 22, 2014

EMT Paramedic Training in Kentucky

EMT and paramedic training, licensing and certification in the state of Kentucky are governed by the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS).

Kentucky has four levels of EMT training certification:
• First Responder
• Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
• Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)
• Paramedic

The state also has certification for  a Critical Care Paramedic Endorsement.

First Responder

A certified First Responder in the state of Kentucky is a person who has completed an accredited EMT training course and received certification by KBEMS in providing pre-hospital care for both medical and trauma emergencies. The First Responder has a higher level of skill than those trained in basic first aid.

First Responder training programs are provided through various Kentucky Community Colleges or Technical Colleges, State Fire Rescue Training and other Training and Educational Institutions throughout the state. The First Responder program varies in length from 40-60 hours.

Kentucky EMS requirements:

The next 3 levels, EMT, AEMT and Paramedic all have the same requirements for certification as a First Responder. After completing courses and training the candidates must pass the NREMT (National registry) exam. In addition:

• must be at least 18 years of age
• must enroll in EMT-basic training and pass EMT certification (for AEMT and paramedic certification)
• must pass a criminal background check
• must possess current CPR certification
• must have a high school diploma, GED or equivalent
• must pass a drug screening
• must complete the Cabinet for Health Services HIV/AIDS Course
• must have a state issued driver’s license

The EMT training and paramedic programs vary in length and credit hours due to the variables in each program, and depending upon which college or institution you attend for your EMT training. Basic EMT training usually consists of a core curriculum of minimum required information, and taught within a minimum 119-hour training program. In addition to the program course hours, clinical experience is required for each EMT training program and EMT paramedic training level.

Advanced EMT Training regulations are currently under development for changes. These are expected to be presented by late spring or early summer 2013. You can check the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services website/Advanced EMT link to follow the updates.

For paramedic training and certification the state of Kentucky uses the development training courses set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  

Reciprocity and training programs:

Reciprocity applicants applying for certification in Kentucky will need certification from another state and National Registry certification. This type of certification is a renewable certification. The requirements for Reciprocity are the same as those stated above, as well as proof of certifications, payment of fees, etc.

Kentucky EMT training courses and paramedic studies vary in length and credit hours due to the variables in each program, and depending upon which college or institution you attend for your training. In addition to the program course hours, clinical experience is required for each EMS training program and paramedic level.

Most training programs in Kentucky are through local community colleges and technical schools. Eastern and Western Kentucky University Paramedic Programs and Spalding University are just two of Kentucky’s paramedic schools offering certification courses.

There are additional requirements for pursuing EMT and paramedic training in each region, and details of these are fairly common state to state. Read the articles EMT Training and EMT Paramedic Training for details and a list of these requirements.

According to the United States Department of Labor:

Employment of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is expected to grow by 19 percent between 2006 and 2016, which is faster than the average for all occupations.

Contact Information

Further information can be obtained by contacting the KBEMS, Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services, at 300 N. Main Street, Versailles, KY 40383, or by phone: 859-256-3565 or (toll free) 1-866-97KBEMS.