EMS Education Tips

Recommendations for Returning to EMS

A paramedic has “been out of the field for a few years” and wants to get back in. Last week I asked subscribers what study guides, practice tests, web sites, training programs, and books they would recommend to this paramedic. These are the responses I received:

Review NREMT Requirements

John recommends starting with reviewing the NREMT requirements:

Practice Tests

Sue encourages you to Google free practice tests. She gives her students a CD called “practice test for EMTP”. Barnes & Nobel also has a great sale (going out of business) on all EMT-P test/ review products.

Regional Resources

Ryan reminds us that it depends where you live. He writes, “In New York City I would recommend checking out the NYC REMSCO website for updated protocols.   I would also recommend the Brady series books.” [amazon-product text=”Essentials of Paramedic Care” type=”text”]013215689X[/amazon-product] (Amazon Affiliate Link)

How Long Has it Been?

Jim A. wants to know how long the question writer has been out of the field. He writes, “It would depend somewhat on how far ‘out’ he had been. Still an EMT? Did he keep his Medic license as a non-practioner? If he has totally lapsed all certification, there is probably no shortcut.  However, for national registry, I recommend Brady Pass Paramedic series which includes reviews and practice tests for written and DVD for practical stations.

Alphabet Courses

Jonathan suggests completion of “some alphabet course (PHTLS, AMLS, etc.) I would also advise to look through Amazon or similar sites for Paramedic/EMT Study guides. Possibly a refresher EMT course also. Also taking a look at colleges for computer courses, Bio. etc would help him/her out. Also joining either a transport agency or a Basic level agency (even on a volunteer level) would help with getting some ring rust off.”

What are your tips, study guides, and resources for a paramedic that has been out of the field for several years that wants to get back into the field?


By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.