What is A EMT program Degree?
Emergency Medical Technician training programs train individuals in the knowledge and skills needed to work as an EMT for a hospital, private ambulance company, or for the local police or fire department. In addition to the training, most areas require graduates to take a certification exam to be able to work in the field. To qualify for the program, you’ll probably have to be at least 18 yrs. old and have a high school diploma or equivalent. You might need to pass a test or have other credentials, like a CPR card or life-saving certification, depending on the school you go to. Also, be sure that the school’s program is certified by whatever agency it is that awards the EMT license in your area.
Make sure that you’re in pretty good physical shape because you’ll have to be able to do some extreme movements and lifting as part of the training and job. Coursework will include things like how to complete patient assessments, life support techniques in first-response situations (including CPR), wound treatment, and tourniquet application. You’ll have hands-on experience during your training which will involve about 120 hours of coursework. You’ll also learn precautions to take during transport and emergency room arrival expectations. If you’re interested in this field, it’s a good place to start before deciding to go further to achieve paramedic status or expand into another allied health field.