EMT Program Description
The purpose of the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course is to provide students with an academic and working knowledge to successfully pass the NREMT exam, and become state certified to provide basic life support patient care. The course provides the basic concepts of emergency care needed to function as an EMT. This class will be helpful for other healthcare fields and is a prerequisite for the Paramedic course.
The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) provides basic life support care to critically ill or injured patients. EMTs work directly with other EMS and First Responders to provide this level of care. EMTs work in conjunction with a paramedic to provide advanced life support (ALS) . EMTs learn to manage an airway using artificial devices, assess the severity of illness or injury, manage wounds and bleeding, immobilize fractures, perform CPR, utilized an automated defibrillator, and a host of other procedures. Recent curriculum changes at the national and state level allow EMTs to assist with the administration of some medications.
EMTs are entry-level EMS providers. They are essential in the EMS chain of survival. Additionally, one must become a certified EMT before entering the paramedic program.
Academic and Class Highlights
The EMT student will be provided an excellent education! This course will follow guidelines established by the California EMS Authority, National Registry of EMT's, and the US Department of Transportation. Potential students choose between a five or ten-week course where they complete classroom, laboratory, and EMS internship sessions. A total of 24 hours of EMS internship time is acquired outside of classroom hours, these hours are included in the program. Proof of immunizations must be on file prior to first day of class.