There are EMT training programs all over the state of Tennessee which specialize in teaching how to treat injuries or other medical emergencies for transport and stabilization to more central care centers. These training courses are regulated by the Tennessee Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, which is also in charge of all emergency medical technicians and paramedics. EMTs and Paramedics across the state are comprised of a number of paid and volunteer positions.
There are three levels of emergency medical technician / paramedic in Tennessee. In order to become a full paramedic, one must have already been approved as an EMT B (basic) or EMT IV (a class unique to TN). This requires being at least eighteen years of age, a high school diploma or GED, and passage of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Exam (NREMT) along with having a CPR certification. Lastly, applicants must also pass an approved and state licensed training course.
For more information, the Tennessee Department of Health, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services can be found at:
Emergency Medical Services
Heritage Place, Metro Center
227 French Landing, Suite 303
Nashville, TN 37243