How old do you have to be to become a Paramedic or EMT?

Hi everyone. I am seventeen years old and will be eighteen next October. I am interested in taking classes this summer to become a paramedic, but I am concerned that I am too young. I would assume that the age is eighteen, but can you take classes and pass beforehand and then get a job when you come of age? I live in New York State, if that is of any help. Thanks in advance!

Asked By: lovedance4ever - 12/3/2010
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New York has an excellent standardized program for EMT, and many states rely on their requirements for their own regulations. You can take the classes anytime, at most any age you can gain admittance, however the state requires you to be at least 18 to receive your certification. Sounds like your re in a good... More
Answered By: DrM - 12/3/2010
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Answered By: gogopink13232 - 12/3/2010
Sixteen for a First Responder, Eighteen for EMT. It appears you can take an EMT course before you are 18, but must be 18 to take the exam... More
Answered By: Emily M - 12/3/2010
Emily is right. My daughter who works part time as an EMT while she gets her PhD tells me that most states allow you to train at 17 but you need to be 18 to take the test. And as part of the internship, you have to be able to run up a flight of stairs carrying a 70 pound case.
Answered By: Chuckles - 12/3/2010
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