The purpose of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course is to provide students with an academic and working knowledge to become Nationally registered and state certified to provide basic life support patient care. It provides the basic concepts of emergency care needed to function as an EMT.
The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) provides basic life support care to critically ill or injured patients. EMTs work directly with another EMT to provide this level of care and in conjunction with a paramedic to provide advanced life support. EMTs learn to manage an airway using artificial devices, assess the severity of illness or injury, manage wounds and bleeding, immobilize fractures, perform CPR, utilized an automated defibrillator and a host of other procedures. Recent curriculum changes at the national and state level allow EMTs to assist with the administration of some medications.
What to Expect in an EMT Basic Course
Class lectures will be on textbook chapter reading assignments and supplemental materials. Lectures are designed to stimulate discussion and to explain the principles, concepts, and mechanics of the fundamental issues. Chapter reading assignments are designed to build a foundation to prepare students for further studies in Emergency Medical Services.
In addition, there will be skills and simulation sessions throughout the course designed to test the student’s knowledge and ability to perform the practical skills required to become a nationally registered EMT.
Clinical ride times will be performed with East Jefferson Emergency Medical Services in Metairie Louisiana. Each student will be required to complete two shifts.
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