Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians

Advanced Care Technicians (also known as Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians) are EMTs with more advanced emergency medical care training and higher responsibility during a crisis. Becoming an ACT/AEMT allows you to gain higher pay and provide higher levels of care to your patients. People who serve in this role are strong, passionate, and caring.

Provide a Broad Scope of
life-saving care

Advanced Care Technicians (ACTS)

In West Virginia, Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians are called Advanced Care Technicians.

The Job

  • ACTs have a broader scope of practice than EMTs but are more limited than a paramedic.
  • They can administer fluids and some medications, as well as use some advanced medical equipment in the ambulance.

You’ll do things like:

  • Place IVs and administer fluids
  • Administer some medications to save a life
  • All the typical responsibilities of an EMT.

ACT training

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a current EMT license
  • Complete a 350-hour course
  • Pass National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician exam or State Initial Exam
    • Written EMR Cognitive Exam
      • Topics include airway, respiration, ventilation, cardiology, resuscitation, trauma, medical, OBGYN, and EMS operations
  • Pass the ACT  psychomotor exam administered by WV OEMS
    • Must demonstrate proficiency in patient assessment, ventilatory management, cardiac arrest/AED, IV and medication skills, and pediatric intraosseous infusion
  • Pass background check
  • Current CPR card

Who employs ACTs?

  • Private and public ambulance services
  • Fire departments
  • Hospitals
  • Police departments

ACT/AEMT training programs

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College
Other programs as approved or conducted by WV OEMS.

Affordable training

There is a minimal cost for ACT training and assistance may be available.