0818 666 999 (Ambulance Control 24 hrs)

(01) 496 6933 (Enquiries/Admin 09:00-17:00)

0818 666 999 (Ambulance Control 24 hrs)

(01) 496 6933 (Enquiries/Admin 09:00-17:00)

EMT Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How often do you run EMT courses?:

A. Generally the courses are run three to four times a year at our Headquarters in Clonshaugh, and in Cork.  Classes genenerally run from 09:00 to 17:00 on Saturdays and Sundays and from 19:00 to 22:00 on Thursdays.

Courses can also be run elsewhere in Ireland depending on demand. To date we have run courses in Waterford, Cavan, Limerick & Letterkenny.  Please check Upcoming Courses for more details of courses near you, call us on (01) 4 966 122, or email training@medicall.ie.

Q. What are the job opportunities in Ireland like?

A. Once qualified, you can apply to register with the Pre-hospital Emergency Care Council (www.phecit.ie) to be permitted to practice at EMT level in Ireland.

Many of our students have successfully applied for employment with the private ambulance services, the HSE ambulance service (both at EMT and student Paramedic levels), health and fitness clubs, hotels, swimming pools, security services, industrial fire services, allied health care settings and many other places where physical activities increase risk of injury, where specific health and safety issues might arise, or where large crowds may be present.

Q. Does the EMT qualification allow me to work abroad?

A. Regulations governing registration to practice your EMT skills vary from country to country.  This has to do with differences in national treatment protocols and scope-of-practice issues outside the control of the Irish accredited Training Institutes. It is suggested that you consult the national Registry in the relevant country for more detailed information.

Some countries’ accredited Training Organisations offer accelerated training programmes which will allow applications for national registration within weeks of completing the necessary short conversion courses there.

Medicall is unique in Ireland, we deliver the IHCD EMT Bridging Course (see under Course Catalogue) – allowing access to excellent employment opportunities all across the UK with NHS Ambulance Service Trusts and Private Operators.  Many of these organisations are currently recruiting and a number of our IHCD students are already fully employed on emergency ambulances in the UK.

A number of our students have used their EMT training as a basis to successfully apply to UK 3rd Level Institutions to train as Paramedics. Several UK Universities invite applications from Irish citizens for their degree courses.

Q. I am unemployed can I get funding for this course?

A. Since the 1st January 2012 Technical Employment Support Grants (TESG) are available to qualifying individuals. Please check with Fás/Solus or your local Social Protection Office for further information on this and any other assistance which might be available to you.

Q Do I have to pay the full fee immediately or can I pay in stages?

A. The full course fee is €1,950 which covers all books, training and your initial exam fees.  A non-refundable booking deposit of €750 is required to secure your place. Subsequently a payment plan can be drawn up to suit you. All payments must be made by the end of the course.

Q. What about driving licences?

A. You do not need a driver’s licence to train, or be registered as an EMT.

Q. When do the 40hr clinical placements take place?

A. Placements will take place during the course period and will be divided into minimum of 4 X 10hr shifts on one of Medicall’s fleet of ambulances based strategically across the country including in Dublin, Cork and Galway. Arrangements for placements are flexible and we try to facilitate students as far as we possibly can.

Importantly, Medicall Training is the only private Training Institute who can guarantee quality placements on our own fleet of very active ambulances.  You will not be ‘out-sourced’ to third party services during your time with us. Nor will you be sitting around waiting for calls or cleaning ambulances! Students will have ample opportunity to observe patient treatment and interactions in a full range of medical and trauma related conditions during the course of their placements – you won’t be bored!    

Before you sign-up for this Course with any other Training Institute ask them where, and with whom, you will be doing your placements. Then call us………….!!

Q. Are there any pre-requisites to do this course?

A. No previous experience is required to undertake this course, although any previous experience of First Aid, First Responder or CPR Training would obviously be of assistance to you to ‘break the ice’. However, please don’t worry! We will provide all the necessary training and support you need to confidently sit the NQEMT examinations at the end of the course.  The majority of our students came to us with no previous experience whatsoever and are now successfully registered as EMTs with the PHECC.  You will experience plenty of support both from your team of Instructors and your fellow students during the course, and as you prepare for your exams.

We hope you will enjoy your time with us, and use your EMT qualification as a sound basis to developing a rewarding career in the health care sector in the future.

Q. What are my chances of passing the course?

A. This course is both challenging and highly rewarding.  You will learn many new life-saving skills and patient care techniques during your time with us. 

However, like so many other things in life, you will only get out of it what you put in to it!  It is not simply enough to turn up for classes and hope all will be well.  You should take a full and active part in all aspects of your classroom training and ambulance placements, as well as setting aside some time for study between classes.   

Many of our students find it helpful to organise themselves into informal home study groups and swap class notes and study techniques.

Our class pass rates are among the best in the sector and our Students have achieved excellent results in recent PHECC exams.

Our most recent Class achieved a 100% pass rate!

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