An emergency medical technician (EMT) provides emergency care for accident victims, people who suffer sudden illness or those whose health condition has deteriorated to a life-threatening state.
Procedures taught include bleeding control, fracture stabilization, CPR, spinal immobilization, trauma assessment and rapid patient assessment (RPA). Being an EMS professional requires blending technical medical knowledge and skills with an ability to assess a situation, make immediate decisions, and perform decisive life-saving skills.
The articulated classroom, clinical and field experience education program prepares the individual for a career in out-of hospital emergency medical care. EMS personnel, through performance of patient assessments and initial treatment of medical emergencies of the acutely ill or injured, work to prevent and reduce mortality and morbidity. EMS personnel are primarily employed by licensed private and municipal providers, fire departments, industrial safety departments, recreational facilities and hospitals. Employment is also found in EMS management, education, EMS, marketing/sales, the military and governing agencies.
The Emergency Medical Program Services provides training at three progressive levels: EMS-Basic, EMS-Intermediate, and EMS-Paramedic. Two enhanced skills certificates are available which include Critical Care/Flight Paramedic and Community Paramedic (available to paramedics). EMSP is fully accredited by CoAEMSP and CAAHEP.
Individuals with EMS registry and/or previously related work experience may register for specialized, specific courses either individually or in an accelerated fashion. See the Health Occupations Counselor or EMSP Program Coordinator for more information.
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