General FAQs.

Paramedic Course Information

West Coast Region

What are the pre-requisites for the NCTI Paramedic Program?
In order to qualify for entrance into the NCTI paramedic program, you must:

  1. be at least 18 years of age
  2. possess a current County-issued EMT-Basic card
  3. possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent
  4. turn in a complete paramedic application packet
  5. receive a passing score on the SLEQ entrance exam
  6. complete either NCTI’s Anatomy & Physiology course or an NCTI approved Anatomy & Physiology class within the last five years. NCTI offers Anatomy & Physiology before every Paramedic Program begins. Students do not need to have this completed before taking the entrance exam.

**Although not mandated, it is highly desirable that paramedic students have at least 6-12 months experience as an EMT-Basic before they begin paramedic school.

Which documents are in the Paramedic application packet?
All potential paramedic students MUST turn in the following documents in addition to taking the entrance exam in order to qualify for admission into one of our NCTI paramedic programs:

  1. paramedic application
  2. copy of current EMT-Basic card
  3. copy of valid driver’s license.

Please mail all paperwork to the NCTI Roseville office at 333 Sunrise Avenue, Suite 500, Roseville, CA 95661. 888.609.6284.

What qualifies as an approved Anatomy & Physiology class?
Typically, an approved Anatomy & Physiology class must be a college-level course containing BOTH Anatomy AND PHYSIOLOGY, which the candidate has taken and successfully passed within the last five years. NCTI offers an accelerated pre-paramedic Anatomy & Physiology class which is designed to help prepare students for their entrance into paramedic school. The course is five days long and focuses on the related studies involved within paramedicine. NCTI also accepts several outside college courses as a means to fulfill this pre-requisite. For more information on whether or not a specific course meets NCTI’s requirements, please call our Roseville office at (916) 960-6284.
When can I expect to receive my entrance exam results from NCTI?
There are usually at least two entrance exams that correspond with each paramedic program. It takes about 3 weeks from the second entrance exam date for our office to obtain results, prepare contracts and mail out the informational paperwork to you. You will receive one of three notifications by mail: a letter of acceptance, an letter notifying you that you have been selected as an alternate with your current rank or a letter notifying you that your score did not place you into our program. Entrance exam scores will be distributed on the first day of paramedic school. If you do not turn in your complete paramedic application packet, you will not be notified by NCTI.
What are the immunization requirements for the paramedic program?
Once accepted into the NCTI Paramedic Program, students must obtain the following immunizations before the first day of class:

  • measles, mumps, rubella-MMR (booster or titer)
  • tetanus (valid for 5 years)
  • skin TB/PPD (No more than 3 months prior to course start. If PPD results exceed 1 year from the original date, retest is required)
  • hepatitis B (series of 3 shots or titer, first inoculation by day 1 of program)
  • chicken pox-varicella (proof of inoculation or titer)
Where can I purchase my uniform?
NCTI has specific uniform requirements which they must meet in order to participate in the program. Once students have been accepted into the paramedic program, they will be given the uniform requirements in their contract packet.
What are the textbook requirements for paramedic students?
The list of all required paramedic textbook titles and corresponding prices can be found on the NCTI Bookstore link near the lower left corner of the homepage of our website.
What is the class schedule?
During the didactic phase of the paramedic program, students will meet twice a week for nine hours a day (with a one-hour lunch break). Schedule varies depending on the location.

EMT-Basic Course Information

West Coast Region

What are the prerequisites to qualify for entrance into the NCTI EMT-Basic Program?
Students must meet the following criterion to enter the EMT-Basic program:

  1. be at least 18 years of age
  2. possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
How can I apply for the EMT-B program?
You can initially register online at www.ncti-online.com to reserve your seat in an upcoming class. However, you also need to go by the NCTI office to sign your contract, pick up textbooks and obtain other important documents before the program begins.
What are the immunization requirements?
All EMT-Basic students need to obtain the following immunizations or they will not be able to complete their ride-along:

  • TB skin test
  • Hepatitis B series
Is there a reading assignment before the first day of class?
Once you pick up your materials, all students are required to read chapters 1, 2 and 5 of their textbook.
What is the class schedule?
Students meet three times a week, including two evenings from 6:00pm-10:00pm and all day on Saturday (9 hours, including a one-hour lunch break). The weeknights are dependent on the site at which the class is being taught.
What are the requirements for EMT-Basic recertification in the state of California?
EMT’s are required to take 24 hours of continuing education units every two years and retest their skills every two years. Students will also need to complete the EMSA skills sign-off form when re-certifying.

EMT-Basic Refresher Course Information

West Coast Region

What are the requirements for EMT-Basic recertification in the state of California?
EMT’s are required to take 24 hours of continuing education units every two years and retest their skills every two years. Students will need to complete the EMSA skills sign-off form when recertifying. For all current information regarding this topic, please visit the California EMSA website at www.emsa.ca.gov
What is the EMSA skills sign-off form and who can approve it?
This form was created by the State EMS Authority as part of the new regulations that went into effect in October 2005. There is a place for authorized instructors to sign-off on each of the skills in the EMT-Basic scope of practice, as verification that the candidate has been tested on the skills in front of an instructor. The ONLY individuals allowed to initial successful completion of skills testing on this form after the student has successfully demonstrated their capabilities in a scheduled EMT-Basic Refresher course are those approved by the local EMS agency (Sierra Sac Valley). For all current information regarding this topic, please visit the California EMSA website at www.emsa.ca.gov.
If I am currently a paramedic student, can I use the hours in the didactic phase of training to supplement the required continuing educations units need to re-certify?
All NCTI paramedic students are eligible to receive continuing education units, depending on their current status in the program. Students can contact the Educational Assistant at their school to obtain a letter documenting the number of continuing education units they are eligible to receive. However, paramedic school does meet the criterion necessary for skills testing. Students will need to register in the fourth day of the NCTI EMT-Basic Refresher course in order to complete this portion of recertification (including the EMSA skills sign-off sheet) once they have obtained their continuing education units. For all current information regarding this topic, please visit the California EMSA website at www.emsa.ca.gov.
What does the EMT-Basic Refresher course consist of and how often is it taught at NCTI?
The EMT-Basic Refresher is a four day course. The first three days will provide students with 32 hours of continuing educations units, broken down into 8 units per day. The fourth day will be designated for testing. Currently, this course is scheduled to take place approximately every three months. Please check our website for current schedule of classes. For all current information regarding this topic, please visit the California EMSA website at www.emsa.ca.gov.
Do I have to sign up for all three days of the EMT-Basic Refresher course?
Students can sign up for as little as one day and up to all three days of this course. Prices and dates of classes can be found in the “List of Classes” link on the homepage of our website. For all current information regarding this topic, please visit the California EMSA website at www.emsa.ca.gov.
Will I be able to recertify my Basic Life Support (CPR) card in this class?
Although Basic Life Support is discussed during the first three days of the EMT-Basic Refresher, students will not be able to recertify their BLS card via this class. Students will need to register in a separate BLS Refresher course in order to fulfill this recertification. Course times and locations for this course can be found in our List of Classes. For all current information regarding this topic, please visit the California EMSA website at www.emsa.ca.gov.
What do I do if my EMT-B certification has expired?
You will need to visit the California EMSA website at www.emsa.ca.gov to obtain the most up-to-date regulations.

EMT-Basic Course Information

Northeast Region

What are the pre-requisites to qualify for entrance into the NCTI EMT- Basic Program?
Candidates must meet the following criterion to enter the EMT-Basic program:

  1. Be able to read, understand , and communicate in English.
  2. Be a minimum of 18 years old by the state exam.
  3. Have no prior felony convictions by the state exam.
What are the job requirements of an EMT-Basic?
In order to carry out the responsibilities of an Emergency Medical Technician, there are a wide variety of skills one needs to be able to perform. These include possessing good physical stamina and endurance sometimes in extreme environments, strong comprehension, language and motor skills, and the ability to perform a variety of tasks simultaneously.
How can I apply for the EMT-B program?
You can initially register online at www.ncti.edu to reserve your seat in an upcoming class, or you can stop by Northeast Corporate office in Natick.
What is the class schedule? Are they all the same?
No – they are offered at different times. Our Brockton course is offered on Saturdays only. Our EMT-Basic courses offered in Worcester and Natick are 3 days a week, including 2 evenings from 6:00-10:00 pm and all day on Saturday (9 hours, including a one-hour lunch break). The weeknights are dependant on the site at which the class is being held.
If I am currently a Paramedic student, can I use the hours in the didactic phase of training to supplement the required continuing education unit hours needed to recertify?
All NCTI Paramedic students are eligible to receive continuing education unit hours, dependant on their current status in the program.

EMT-Basic Refresher Course

Northeast Region

What are the requirements for EMT-Basic recertification in the State of Massachusetts?
EMT-Basics are required to complete 28 hours of continuing education, and successfully complete a DOT approved 24 hour EMT-Basic Refresher every 2 years. For more information, please refer to the Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services website at www.mass.gov/dph/oems.
What does the EMT-Basic Refresher course consist of and how often is it taught at NCTI?
The EMT-Basic Refresher is either a 3-day daytime program, or 6-day evening program. Each version offered the 24 hours of retraining required by the State of Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services in compliance with the Department of Transportation minimum requirements.
Do I have to attend all three days or 6 evening classes to receive credit?
Attendance is mandatory – mixing and matching of Refresher Courses is not allowed. Prices and dates of the upcoming year can be found in the “list of Classes” link on the homepage of our website. For all current information regarding this topic, please visit the Office of Emergency Medical Services at www.ma.gov/dph/oems.
Will I be able to recertify my Basic Life Support (CPR) card in this class?
Although Basic Life Support is discussed during the Refresher, you must complete a separate BLS (CPR) Healthcare Provider Refresher in order to fullfill this requirement. Course times and location can be found in the List of Classes on our website.
What do I do if my Massachusetts EMT-B certification has expired?
You will need to visit the Office of Emergency Medical Services website at www.ma.gov/dph/oems for all the up-to-date regulations, or click here.

NCTI Northeast

I was looking for the AMR Education website. Am I on the right page?
Yes you are! This is the new cyber home for all levels of EMS and AHA training. All EMS education for both employees of AMR and the general public is now under the operation of the National College of Technical Instruction, or more commonly known as NCTI.

General Course Registration

How do I register?
NCTI offers complete online registration. In order to sign up for any of our classes using our web site, you must first register. You will then get a confirmation via email of your successful registration. Make sure you remember your username and password for the next time you need to sign up for a class at ncti.edu.
How do I locate the course I want to take?
You can browse for the class of your choice by either visiting the courses page or looking over our calendar. Once you find the class you want, click on it. This will take you to a page describing the class. If you decide you want to take this class, click on the “register for this class” link at the top of the page, or scroll to the bottom. If the class is currently offered, a list of dates will be posted next to the registration field. Make sure you choose the correct date before you proceed. You will be asked for your credit card information and taken through several confirmation pages.
How do I cancel or forfeit my seat if I change my mind?
When you first come to the web site and “log-in” you will see a list of classes for which you are currently registered. You will also see a “cancel” button next to each of these classes. Click the cancel link and follow the instructions.

General Online Security

Is my registration information safe?
In order to sign up for any classes using NCTI.edu, you first need to register. Your information will be kept in strict confidence and stored on a secure server using 128 bit encryption. This is the same encryption used by the IRS and world banking institutions. Your information will only be used internally and will not ever be sold or shared with anyone outside of NCTI without your expressed written permission. For your security, your credit card information is processed in real time through Authorize.net and will never be fully displayed.

National Registry

How do I know I meet the requirements to take the NREMT exam?
Entry requirements for EMT Basic are similar to the entry requirements for EMT Paramedic. The best way to assure you meet all entry requirements is to refer to National Registry’s website at www.nremt.org or refer to this FAQ under EMT-B Entry Level Requirements or EMT-P Entry Level Requirements.
What are the EMT Basic Registration Entry Requirements?
Individuals applying for EMT-Basic registration must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the national registration as an EMT-Basic.

  1. Applicant must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Successfully complete, within the last two (2) years, a state-approved National Standard EMT-Basic education program, as developed and promulgated by the U.S. Department of Transportation.Candidates who are not state certified and fail to become registered within two (2) years following EMT-Basic course completion must retake the entire EMT-Basic educational program.If the candidate’s initial training is beyond two (2) years and the candidate has maintained state certification, the candidate must complete a current state approved EMT-Basic refresher training program. Refresher training programs must be completed within the past two (2) years and meet or exceed the requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation EMT-Basic Refresher Training Program, National Standard Curriculum.If the candidate’s initial training is beyond two (2) years and state certification has not been maintained, the candidate must complete the entire EMT-Basic education program.
  3. Candidates are required to successfully complete, within the past twelve months, all sections of a state-approved EMT-Basic practical examination that equals or exceeds the established criteria of the National Registry.
  4. Truthfully complete the Licensing Action and Felony statements on the application and submit the requested documentation if necessary.
  5. Submission of current approved CPR credential for the professional rescuer. Verification may be in the form of an instructor signature or copies of both sides of a current card which attests to competency over the following skills: adult, 1 and 2 person CPR; child and infant CPR; adult/child/infant obstructed airway maneuvers.
  6. Submission of an acceptable application attesting to the satisfaction of the above requirements.
  7. A non-refundable/non-transferable application and written exam fee of $70.00 (by money order or credit card). All fees must be payable to the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and submitted with the application.
  8. Successfully complete the above requirements and the National Registry EMT-Basic written examination.
What are the Paramedic Entry Requirements?
All individuals applying for NREMT-Paramedic registration must meet the following requirements to be eligible for national registration:National EMT-Paramedic/Paramedic certification requires successful completion of both a cognitive and psychomotor exam. Passed portions of the exam (both cognitive and psychomotor) remain valid for a twelve (12) month period.

  1. Applicant must be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Current National Registry or state certification at the EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate/85 or EMT-Intermediate/99 level.
  3. Successful completion of a state-approved EMT-Paramedic educational program, within the past two (2) years, that equals or exceeds the behavioral objectives of the EMT-Paramedic National Standard Curriculum as developed and promulgated by the U.S. Department of Transportation.If the candidate’s initial EMT-Paramedic educational program was completed more than two (2) years ago and the candidate has maintained state certification at the EMT-Paramedic level, the candidate must submit documentation verifying completion of a current EMT-Paramedic refresher-training program within the past two (2) years.If the candidate’s initial EMT-Paramedic educational program was completed more than two (2) years ago and the candidate has not maintained state certification at the EMT-Paramedic level, the candidate should refer to the “NREMT-Paramedic Re-entry Policy” section on this site.If the candidate’s initial EMT-Paramedic education program was completed more than two (2) years ago and the candidate had never gained state certification at the EMT-Paramedic level, the candidate must complete a new, state-approved EMT-Paramedic educational program prior to application.
  4. Truthfully complete the felony statement on the application and supply the documentation if necessary.
  5. Truthfully complete a statement, which indicates the applicant has not been subjected to limitations, suspensions, or termination of his/her right to practice in a health care occupation or voluntarily surrendered a health care license in a state.
  6. Submission of current approved CPR credential for the professional rescuer. Verification may be in the form of an instructor signature or copies of both sides of a current card which attests to competency over the following skills: adult, 1 and 2 person CPR; adult/child/infant obstructed airway maneuvers; child and infant CPR.
  7. Signature of the EMT-Paramedic Education Program Director or the service director of training/operations verifying competence in the EMT-Basic skills as listed on the NREMT-Paramedic application. Applications submitted for each re-examination must also be completed and signed by the EMT-Paramedic Education Program Director or the service director of training/operations. Whenever the practical examination or a portion of the practical examination is also being tested.
  8. Submission of a completed application attesting to the above requirements with fee; the official application must be signed by the Physician Medical Director of Training/Operations, attesting the candidate is in good standing within the education program or service and that he/she has completed the requisite education.
  9. Successful completion of the NREMT-Paramedic written and practical examinations
Are there sleeping and eating accommodations close to NCTI?
NCTI is located conveniently off of Interstate 80 and Douglas Blvd., in Roseville, CA. There are many eating accommodations located in either direction of NCTI on Sunrise Avenue and Douglas Blvd. For our guests who must make reservations for overnight stays we recommend the following hotels:

Orchid Suites, Roseville
130 N. Sunrise Avenue
Roseville, CA 95661
916-784-2222

Courtyard By Marriott, Roseville
1920 Taylor Road
Roseville, CA 95661
916-772-5555

Best Western Roseville Inn
220 Harding Blvd.
Roseville, CA 95678
916-782-4434

Hilton Garden Inn, Roseville
1951 Taylor Road
Roseville, CA 95661
916-773-7171

Be sure to make your reservations in advance to secure your room, as Roseville is a popular city for conventions.

Where is NCTI Roseville located?
NCTI is conveniently located 35 minutes (all freeway) from Sacramento International Airport. Our training institute is close to the freeway exit, making travel arrangements easy for anyone flying or driving to our location. Click here for Mapquest link.
When can I expect to see my results?
The NREMT strives to ensure that examinations are processed in an efficient and timely manner once the materials arrive in its office. Candidates should expect to receive official notification of examination results 4 – 6 weeks after completing the examination.
When do I turn in my application?
All candidates testing for all levels of the NREMT exam will be able to turn in their application to NREMT upon receipt of their course completion from an approved DOT training program. If it has been more than two years since your course completion and/or you want to re-register as a paramedic, please refer to www.nremt.org website or our website: ncti.edu