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Jessica Dickenson

Three Ways to Celebrate Your EMS Certification

The EMS certification ceremony is a significant milestone for individuals who have chosen a career in emergency medical services.

Are you preparing to become an Emergency Medical Technician? Obtaining your proper EMT certifications and credentials is an essential part of that journey and ensures that the highest standards of care are met every time.

Once the student successfully completes the course and skills verification, they can sign up to take the registry examination. They have 1 year to successfully pass the exam. Once they pass the registry they then apply to the state for local licensure. To be nationally certified, you need to pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Cognitive and ALS Psychomotor Certification Exams. These certifications validate the knowledge, skills, and training necessary to provide pre-hospital medical care to patients in emergencies. EMT certifications are typically governed by state or national regulatory bodies and may vary based on the level of training and scope of practice.

To commemorate this major milestone, some organizations offer an EMS (Emergency Medical Services) certification ceremony. This is an event held to recognize and celebrate individuals who have completed the requirements to become certified. The ceremony typically takes place after candidates have completed their training and passed the necessary exams for their respective levels of certification. These levels may include Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Paramedic, depending on the EMS system's structure in a particular region.

During the certification ceremony, various components may be included:

1. Certificate Presentation

The ceremony usually involves the presentation of official EMS certification certificates to successful candidates. These certificates validate the individual's skills and qualifications to provide emergency medical care at their designated level. A presentation ceremony requires the graduated student to bring the certification with them since it is not delivered to a 3rd party.

Even though earning your certification is a monumental achievement, outstanding students or individuals with exemplary performance during their training may receive awards or special recognition for their achievements, positioning them for long-term success in the field.

2. EMT Oath

In some cases, newly certified EMS providers may participate in a swearing-in or oath-taking ceremony, pledging to uphold the ethical standards and responsibilities of their profession. One common EMT oath is the "EMT Oath of Service". Here is an example of an EMT oath that has been adopted by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians since 1978:

"Be it pledged as an Emergency Medical Technician, I will honor physical and judicial laws. I will follow that regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of patients and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous, nor shall I suggest any such counsel. Into whatever homes I enter, I will go into them for the benefit of only the sick and injured, never revealing what I see or hear in the lives of men unless required by law. 
 I shall also share my medical knowledge with those who may benefit from what I have learned. I will serve unselfishly and continuously to help make a better world for all mankind.
 While I continue to keep this oath unviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life, and the practice of the art, respected by all men, at all times. Should I trespass or violate this oath, may the reverse be my lot."

The specific wording of the EMT oath may differ depending on the organization, locality, or country. However, the fundamental principles remain consistent, emphasizing patient care, professionalism, ethical conduct, and continuous improvement in the practice of emergency medical services.

3. Pinning Ceremony

For some EMS levels, such as EMTs or paramedics, a pinning ceremony may be held. During this part of the event, a mentor or a family member may place a pin or badge on the newly certified provider's uniform, symbolizing their official entry into the EMS community. In some ways, this portion resembles a nurse’s pinning ceremony.

The EMS certification ceremony is a significant milestone for individuals who have chosen a career in emergency medical services. It marks the culmination of their training and serves as a formal acknowledgment of their dedication to serving their community and providing life-saving care in times of crisis.

Remember that the specific EMT certifications available and their requirements can vary from one country, state, or certifying agency to another. Additionally, EMT professionals often need to renew their certifications periodically through continuing education and skills assessments to maintain their proficiency and stay up to date with the latest advancements in pre-hospital care.

If you're interested in pursuing EMS certifications, you should research the requirements in your local area or the region where you intend to work, as well as the accredited institutions or training programs that offer the certifications you're interested in. Herzing University is proud to support you throughout your educational journey and professional career.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics 2023 / Occupational Outlook Handbook 2022. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

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