There are different types, or levels, of EMT. Each type identifies the level of training the EMT has received and limits what he or she is qualified for.
EMT-B (EMT Basic) is the minimum EMT training. This level allows you to work on an ambulance, alongside a Paramedic (discussed later), or another EMT-B for non-emergency call response. If pared with a Paramedic, they will handle most of the patient care, while the EMT-B assists. EMT-B training takes about two to three months of classes, where you learn basic life support procedures.
EMT-I (Intermediate EMT) is a step down from a Paramedic, usually specializing in administering IVs and IV medication. EMT-Is are qualified to handle more medical equipment than an EMT-B.
EMT-P (Paramedic) is the highest level of training. It typically takes 1 to 2 years to become a paramedic, depending on what route you take to get your training and certifications. During your training, you will need to complete clinical rotations working at local hospitals and ride in ambulances for experience. Paramedics find their courses challenging, because there is a lot of information to obtain in a small amount of time. Though, starting out as a EMT-Basic, and seeing others in your field operate can really show you the difficult and rewarding things about being an EMT.
EMTs typically love helping people and the life saving training gives them great fulfillment. But, it is certainly not for everyone.