Emergency Medical Technology
Area of Study: Emergency Medical Technology
Degree/Certificate: Associate of Applied Science degree in Emergency Medical Technology
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Talk about getting your adrenaline pumping. Being an EMT (emergency medical technician) or paramedic is about as high drama as it gets. Imagine being first on the scene, giving lifesaving shocks to a stopped heart or tying a tourniquet to stop the gush of blood from a leg. These are just two examples of the skills you’ll learn as an EMT major.
EMT students can choose from two different levels of training, from a 7 credit course (leading to work as an EMT-Basic) to a two-year associate’s degree (leading to work as a paramedic). Either way, you’ll learn the best way to help patients before they make it to the hospital.
Students of emergency medical technology learn the skills needed to provide care to patients in medical crisis.
EMT training and certification requirements vary from state to state.
- Learn how to assess a patient’s condition
- Practice checking vital signs
- Memorize medical terms
- Train in patient transportation
- Learn how to open an airway
- Study techniques for treating shock and fractures
Strong and fit? Interested in helping others, with a very cool head and lots of patience? EMTs spend long periods waiting to be called into action, and when they are, the pressure is on.
- We will qualify you as an EMT basic and/or paramedic.
- We require certification in EMT basic to enroll in the paramedic and associate’s degree program.
- The courses are taught by a paramedic faculty with extensive pre-hospital experience.
- Check out the clinical component. It will provide sufficient real-world training.
- You will be eligible to take the state certification exam upon completion.
- The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
Even as late as the 1960s, many patients were transported to the hospital in hearses or police cars -- not emergency vehicles.
You’ll jump right into the heart of the matter in an EMT basic course, where jump-starting hearts is, in fact, one of the many skills you’ll master. In this required course, you’ll learn how to assess patients and respond to every kind of emergency imaginable, from poisonings and overdoses to strokes, seizures, auto accidents, and more.
This is a lecture-lab class, with lots of hands-on learning and probably a lot of quizzes along the way. By the time you’re done, you’ll have a very thorough foundation in EMT operations -- and will know how to deliver babies, too.
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