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The EMT-Basic course ulsauly only lasts for a semester or so (about 3 months part time studies). I don't think you even need a GED to get into the program, although it depends on which state you live in. EMT's can perform basic medical exams and procedures, administer oxygen, and assist the patient with prescribed medications. It's kind of an entry level position in the emergency medical career ladder.To become an EMT-Paramedic you ulsauly have to go to school for one to two years, and graduate with either a certificate (one year) or associate's degree (two years). You ulsauly need a GED or high school diploma to get into the program (I only had a GED and had no problem getting accepted). The training is a lot more intense than the Basic course. The paramedic student will learn how to perform intubations, read a cardiac monitor, and administer up to 60 different drugs (depending on the service you work for). At my service, I make 50% more than a Basic makes. If you are considering making EMS your career, it might be a good idea to go to paramedic school. You get to do more for your patient, and make more money doing it, too!Hopes this helps!