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NREMT Smooths Pathway for Paramedic Psychomotor Testing

NREMT Smooths Pathway for Paramedic Psychomotor Testing

The NREMT has implemented a new system to help paramedic candidates have a better testing experience!  As of January 2017, candidates will receive a new and unique number that is associated with their account.  This number is the “psychomotor authorization to test (PATT”).  The PATT is assigned after a paramedic candidate submits their online application to the National Registry and the program director approves the candidate for testing.  This number does a couple of very useful things.  First, it means that people submitting an application to test will no longer need to enter their social security number online.  Second, the PATT will allow a test-site coordinator to track which skills every paramedic candidate needs on testing day.  The examination process will be more efficient.  So, be sure to take your new “psychomotor authorization to test (PATT)” number to your test site (along with a valid ID and other materials as required). For more information, please visit the NREMT website at 


About the Author

Dr. Sandy Hunter is a Nationally Registered Paramedic and Professor; he has been with the Eastern Kentucky University Department of Paramedicine for nearly 20 years. Dr. Hunter earned an undergraduate degree in emergency medical care from Western Carolina University, a Master’s degree in health education from EKU and a Ph.D. in educational psychology from University of Kentucky. He has 35 years of experience in EMS, including working as a Paramedic and educator in Saudi Arabia. His publications can be found in JEMS, EMS Magazine, Occupational Health and Safety Magazine, and (the) Domain.

Published on January 25, 2017

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