Excerpt from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration "National EMS Scope of Practice Model."
Emergency Medical Technician
The primary focus of the Emergency Medical Technician is to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Emergency Medical Technician is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system. Educational Requirements: One of the eligibility requirements for licensure at this level requires successful completion of an accredited Emergency Medical Technician course.
More detailed information is available at the NHTSA ems.gov website.