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    This may very by state, as the state is the licensing body...I work in Texas, so I'll speak to that. I assume the process will be similar, but won't swear to it. A misdemeanor on your record shouldn't prohibit you from becoming licensed, the problem would be an agency hiring you because of insurance concerns related to the reckless driving. If this gets expunged, I would think it's no longer an issue. Question for you-Why do you want to be an EMT? If you have a degree in microbiology it seems like you could use that for a much better career with advancement opportunities. No judgment, I'm interested in your answer.
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    Welcome. There are a lot of seasoned providers who contribute to these forums. This should be made clear up front so as to avoid any misunderstanding: Just because you don't like what you're reading/hearing doesn't make that information wrong or incorrect. Please seriously consider the posts above and the questions posed. While there is certainly excitement to be had working in EMS there is also a lot of physical and emotional stress involved in the job. The job is physically demanding. It is emotionally draining. Some self reflection and having a good idea of your motivation for becoming involved is going to be a good idea. That being said please consider this in addition to the above: It's ok to not know what your motivations are at the moment. It's ok to not be sure if this is really something you want to do. It's ok to get excited about the prospect of everything in which you're thinking of becoming involved. That excitement, however, should not be your sole or even your primary motivation. It should be an added benefit. It's ok to get involved in your local rescue squad to see if this is something you'd like to further pursue. It's ok to decide you like it and want to continue. It's also ok to decide you don't like it and walk away from it. This is a professional endeavor. Your patients, their families and other medical staff with whom you'll interact will expect a level of professionalism that you may not have yet experienced. This won't be high school (although station antics may have you questioning that from time to time). Be ready to be an adult. Be ready to see and experience things that will shake you more deeply than you could have ever considered. Education is important. The biggest problem facing EMS in the US today is education or inadequate education. Learn as much as you can. Never stop learning. No matter what people will tell you taking college level coursework (anatomy, math, history, writing, bio, chem and more) will help you become a better provider and a better person. There is nothing wrong with being educated. So where do you start? Find an EMT course. Register. Getting into an EMT class and successfully completing the course is your first step. Start your college coursework. In the meantime if you can become involved in your local rescue squad start the process. Keep an open mind. Learn when to ask questions then ask them. Or ask us. Someone here will have an answer for you. Lastly, don't stress about this. You're young. You're excited. You're motivated. You'll get there. Just take a deep breath and take that first step.
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    If Turd watch or Rescue 911 or even Emergency showed what we really did on a day to day basis, then they would have only lasted one episode. If those reality shows on right now showed what we really did on a day to day basis they would be on for 1 episode People don't want to see that we may spend the entire day taking dialysis patients and nursing home patients back and forth to the hospital and their houses on one day and then spend one day taking care of a heart attack victim and a couple of sick kids and then the rest of the shift we sat on our butts waiting for a call. People want to see that we are out saving lives, fighting the big 5 alarm fire, saving kids, doing field amputations and delivering babies. Throw in a water rescue and a lady completely covered in Ice in her basement with just her mouth and nose protruding out of the ice and saving her life and then top it all off by going down into the sewers and doing a hand stand defibrillation on a guy in a flooded sewer all the while your partners are holding on to the pipes on the cieling of the sewer. Damnit that's what the public wants to see. And what's really cool to top it all off, everyone of those people, wouldn't you know, we save em. Nobody ever died on Rescue 911. But to be completely honest, the last couple of shifts that I worked prior to pulling my arms and legs into my turtle shell and moving on to my IT career where I don't have to do hand stands, I sat on my rear end and binge watched the walking dead until the last call I got was a transfer from the ER to KU medical center for a post MI patient who honestly was healthier than I was and really could have walked to KU.
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    It's good that you want to become an EMT but you shouldn't be stressing over this. Why are you stressing over this? You should get an anatomy and physiology course over the summer, that would give you a good understanding of the human body and why it does what it does. A good english composition course would be a good idea, if you are tasked with writing reports you will need good grammar and spelling skills, not what you have been taught in college unless you've been through college level composition courses. Next I would think about working your upper body and lower back strength. You will need to be able to lift very heavy patients and sometimes you may just be with your partner. Conflict resolution skills and basic self defense skills are a must in this line of work as well. That's what I would do during your summer break. See, nothing to stress about.