The Emergency Medical Technician certificate program prepares students to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Emergency Medical Technician is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system. Successful completion of the program allows the graduate to apply to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians EMT certification examination and apply for Georgia licensure as an EMT.
Entrance Date: Fall Semester, and as needed
Age: 17 years old for entrance into pre-occupational curriculum
18 years old for entrance into Nursing and Allied Health Technology programs
1) Hold a valid driver’s license;
2) Complete EMT program application once all admission requirements are met;
3) Be physically able to perform the duties of an EMT as verified by a note from a physician.
Note: EMT students are required to purchase liability insurance. The cost is $51.00.
Note: Students will be required to purchase mandatory uniform and minimal supplies for the EMT program.
This course serves as the introductory course to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) profession. It orients the student to the prehospital care envrionment, issues reltated to the provision of the patient care in both in-hospital and out-of-hospital curcumstances. It further provides foundational information upon which subsequent curriculum content is based so that successful completion of this content increases the potential for success in subsequent courses and should allow students to apply the fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitudes gained in order to effectively communicate and function safely, ethically and professionally within the emergency medical services environment.
Pre-requisite: Program admission. This course prepares students for initial scene management and assessment of patients as well as management of the airway. Introduction to pharmacology is also covered. Includes application of scene information and patient assessment findings (scene size up, primary and secondary assessment, patient history, and reassessment) to guide emergency management. Topics include: Scene Size-Up; Primary Assessment; History Taking; Secondary Assessment; Monitoring Devices; Reassessment; Airway Management; Respiration; Artificial entilation; Principles of Pharmacology; Medication Administration; and Emergency Medications.
Pre-requisite: Program admission. This course integrates pathophysiological principles and assessment findings to formulate a field impression and implement the treatment plan of cases involving non-traumatic medical emergencies. Topics include: Medical Overview; Neurology; Abdominal and Gastrointestinal Disorders; Immunology; Infectious Disease; Endocrine Disorders; Psychiatric; Cardiovascular; Toxicology; Respiratory; Hematology; Genitourinary/Renal; Non-Traumatic Musculoskeletal Disorders; Diseases of the Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat; and Medical Assessments.
This course provides supervised clinical experience in various clinical settings as well as opportunities to demonstrate critical thinking skills and assessment based management techniques through competency based evaluations relevant to the practice of an EMT. Topics include: Clinicals and Assessment Based Management.