I have a Criminal History; can I become an EMT or Paramedic?
STOP! Do not enroll in an EMT course until you understand how your arrest and/or conviction may affect your ability to be certified as an EMT. There are certain crimes for which EMT certification will NEVER be granted to applicants. There are other crimes which require applicants to wait up to five years before applying for an EMT certificate, and other crimes for which you may be granted delayed, probationary or unrestricted EMT status. You must apply for your EMT within two years of course completion, so you may waste your time and money if you take an EMT course with a criminal background. Full disclosure and official documentation are required with the EMT Application. OCEMS receives DOJ/FBI notification when your LiveScan results come back.
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