Emergency Medical Technician
Associate of Applied Science Degree: 95 credits
One-year Certificate: 51 credits
The emergency medical technician (EMT) program offers career training for entry-level positions in an emergency medical setting. Those students who successfully complete the EMT Basic, Intermediate, and/or Paramedic coursework will be eligible to apply to take state certification exams at that level.
As members of the emergency medical services system, EMTs respond to emergency calls to provide efficient and immediate care to the critically ill and injured, and transport patients to appropriate medical facilities.
EMTs use communications skills in person, via radio and in writing. A solid foundation in the basic elements of emergency pre-hospital care is developed and is required to make sound judgements in critical circumstances. Duties include patient assessment, airway and ventilation management, CPR, bleeding control, bandaging and splinting, administration of certain medications, and even the use of automated external defibrillators. EMTs also help with childbirth, cardiac, respiratory and endocrine emergencies, behavioral problems, extrication, and lifting and moving patients under the authority of an approved medical director.
EMTs are employed by many organizations, both public and private, emergency and non-emergency. These include ambulance companies, fire departments, recreational facilities, law enforcement, hospitals, educational institutions, care centers, search and rescue squads, transfer services and others. Positions range from volunteer services to part- and full-time employment.
Public Services Education Building
909 N. Killingsworth