I just read a discussion from the Penn. EMS site and thought this would aslo be a good place to share opinions about Psycological Testing in EMS. Question is: Should it be utilized at all - Before being given a NREMT License or Prior to Employment? Let's face it; there are many in EMS who should never have been given a license in the first place!! Would a Psyc. test have made a difference?

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I think an intelligence test would work better. The best thing, though, would be to require a college level education and significantly lengthen the amount of training (as well as add an actual element of education). Increase the difficulty past that of an advanced first aid course and the shoddy providers who are looking for cheap thrills will fall by the wayside when they can't pass the course.
The question is who should perform the testing. Is it an future employer's responsibility or volunteer service? Should this occur during EMT class before the final test as the expense of the state or region or the individual?
Does the military give recruits psycological testing before being sworn in? Are you wanting this to be like Police departments who have psycological testing?
You have a lot of good EMS people that would not be our brothers and sisters right now if it worked that way. No one is the best when they first start out.

Joe P. said:
I think an intelligence test would work better. The best thing, though, would be to require a college level education and significantly lengthen the amount of training (as well as add an actual element of education). Increase the difficulty past that of an advanced first aid course and the shoddy providers who are looking for cheap thrills will fall by the wayside when they can't pass the course.
Veronica Irvine said:
The question is who should perform the testing. Is it an future employer's responsibility or volunteer service? Should this occur during EMT class before the final test as the expense of the state or region or the individual?
Does the military give recruits psycological testing before being sworn in? Are you wanting this to be like Police departments who have psycological testing?
Couldn't hurt

Hey Joe are you recruiting for a college, I have read severl discussions and that seems to be your reply for everything.  I am not saying a college degree isnt good but not everyone can afford one and to imply that you dont know anything unless you have gone to college is very wrong.  I personnally have known several people who could pass any teast you set in front of them but ask them a simple question like what how to tie a shoe and they are lost.  College is not always the answer. 

 

Nope, I'm not a recruiter for a college or anything. I worked for 2 years during undergrad as an EMT and am now a 2nd year medical student. I agree that not everything is learned in college, but why is it that physicians, nurses, PTs, PAs, and numerous other health care professionals now require college degrees at various levels. What makes EMS so different to think that proprietary, non-degree courses work out so well? There's simply a certain level of academic oversight and resources that are going to be hard to come by in proprietary courses like AMR's NCTI system.

 

Also, yes, not everyone can afford to go to college, hence the option to take out loans. How many physicians or nurses do you know that got through college without loans?

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