Emergency Medical Technician Course
An emergency medical technician (EMT) is an individual who is trained to respond to emergency situations and perform lifesaving techniques until a patient can be transported to a hospital or treatment facility via ambulance from the scene of an accident or sudden illness. EMTs must undergo intense training and obtain a state certification.
Many individuals believe that they are well-suited to a career in Emergency Medical Services, but it is important that a potential future EMT or paramedic understands exactly what the job entails. Few people realize how truly dangerous a career in EMS can be, but it is not without rewards.
Each day is different than the next – but never boring. EMTs can respond to emergencies ranging from difficulty breathing, heart attacks, automobile accidents or major fires. When they arrive at an emergency, they quickly determine the nature and extent of the patient’s condition. They provide emergency care and, when necessary, transport the patient to a local medical facility.
A career in Emergency Medical Services is definitely not for everybody, but those that do pursue it experience great rewards. There are many different opportunities available and there is currently a severe shortage of qualified employees. Those that remain in the EMS field can promote to Paramedic, and others may follow different paths, becoming nurses or doctors. The job prospects continue to look strong and will only improve as the population continues to age.
Some EMTs work for a private ambulance company, while others may be employed by a municipality, fire department, or hospital. Regardless of the employer, they have the same basic job description and usually similar pay-scales. Service quality is generally the same, as both hospital and privately employed EMTs are trained in the same way and must pass the same certification exams.
This is a New York State Department of Health certified course taught by certified instructors. The New York State Department of Health requires that all candidates have 110 hours of didactic and practical training, as well as a minimum of 10 hours of clinical rotations in an emergency room or on an ambulance. EAT exceeds the NYS minimum requirements and offers over 150 hours of course instruction. This allows students to be better prepared to function as an EMT once they graduate from our program. This course also includes an American Heart Association Basic Life Support CPR certification.
You do not need a high school diploma, GED, driver’s license, or US citizenship/green card to enroll in the EMT-B training course and earn your certification. However, these and other factors may affect your hiring potential.