Emergency Medical Technology (EMT)

Anyone interested in learning what to do in a medical emergency could benefit from CTC’s Emergency Medical Technology program. This could be for someone’s personal use, as an adjunct to a job such as a child care provider or a fire fighter or to help someone get started in a career in emergency medicine.

What the program entails:

Primarily, CTC's EMT program provides pre-hospital care training at two levels, the first responder level and the EMT-Basic level.

  • First responder (EMSP 1305): This is the most basic level of formal pre-hospital emergency medical care training. It covers what used to be referred to as first aid, plus CPR and the basics in assisting ambulance personnel. To attain the latter objective, students are taught how to use some of the equipment found in ambulances. Many public safety systems require their employees to be certified as first responders. Individuals who deal with groups of people on a day-to-day basis, such as day care employees, teachers, life guards, etc., would also find this course useful.
  • EMT-Basic (EMSP 1401/ 1160): EMT-Bs are the medical professionals who usually staff the ambulances which respond to the scene of medical emergencies. CTC's EMT program trains individuals to become EMT-Bs. See below for more information.
  • Other courses: All the other courses in CTC's EMT program can be used for continuing education credits by EMT-Bs. Holders of an EMT-B license need to take 48 contact hours of continuing education every two years, in addition to the EMT-B refresher course, to renew their license.

Generic EMT-B job description: An EMT-B is the medical professional who usually staffs an ambulance. He/she is a medical care-giving professional who goes to the scene of an emergency. He/she is sent out to the scene of an emergency by a dispatcher. The dispatcher acts as a communications channel for all the links of an Emergency Medical Services system and may also by trained as an EMT. An EMT-B makes the initial assessment of the nature and extent of a victim's medical problems. In order to help victims, EMTs must quickly identify the nature of the emergency, stabilize the patient's condition, carry out the necessary medical procedures and transport the victim to a medical care facility.

Because an EMT is usually the first medical professional to assess the victim in an emergency, this role is crucial in the outcome of emergency care.
 

Job prospects:

There is significant job growth potential for EMTs as this field is growing at a much faster pace than many other occupations. In addition, a large majority of EMT’s have some post-secondary education and can use their credential to build on other careers within the health care field. (O*Net OnLine http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2041.00). 
 

 

Other Resources

Emergency Medical Technology Course Descriptions

Click on Download Syllabus to see the complete syllabus. Click on Schedule Locations to see what Central Texas College Europe locations are offering this course for this term and the next few terms.

Please Note. Courses, regardless of their delivery method, may have an electronic component.

 

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