Provider Levels/ Courses In Alaska
Although this provider level is not technically a State of Alaska "certification", as with emergency medical technicians, it does fulfill a need especially for rural and super-rural areas that do not have a dedicated EMS system. ETT courses are taught by State of Alaska certified instructors and occur throughout the state. The ETT course can be modified to meet the particular needs of the students or community. It is a common course taught to high school students, Community Health Aide Practitioners and corporate industry. Please visit Southeast Region EMS Council for ETT Course Materials.
This level encompasses the majority of Alaska’s certified EMS responders. An EMT-1 course provides basic life support such as basic airway management, splinting, hemorrhage control, oxygen therapy, suction, CPR and some lifesaving medications. Certification at the EMT-1 level must occur before moving to the EMT-2 or Advanced EMT level of certification. A valid CPR credential is a prerequisite if not taught in the class. Out-of-state applicants who hold current NREMT certification and show evidence of completing additional training as outlined in the Alaska Scope of Practice are eligible for reciprocity to the EMT-1 level.
The EMT-2 course prepares the student to initiate intravenous lines, administer IV fluids and specific medications. An EMT-2 must be under the sponsorship of a Department approved EMS physician medical director to provide any EMT-2 level patient care. This level is not recognized outside the state of Alaska.
The EMT-3 course prepares the student to provide limited advanced cardiac life support and additional medications. An EMT-3 must be under the sponsorship of a Department approved EMS physician medical director to provide any EMT-3 level patient care. This level is not recognized outside the state of Alaska.
Mobile Intensive Care Paramedics are licensed by the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development. The training is in excess of the EMT-III level and MICPs function under the direct or indirect supervision (standing orders, etc.) of a physician. Generally, paramedics are found in the most populous areas of Alaska, including Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, Soldotna, Nikiski, Juneau, Sitka, and Ketchikan. In some of these communities, all pre-hospital emergency medical care is provided by Mobile Intensive Care Paramedics. In others, the MICP may act as a supervisor or EMS director.