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Emergency Medical Technician

36 Weeks, 3 credits Р3 periods Elective Course No. 8333
Prerequisite: State regulations require that the student be 16 years old by the first day of class.

Major Units of Study
The Emergency Medical Technician course provides the first phase of training in preparing an individual to function in an emergency situation.

The class prepares students to take the state EMT certificate exam. Upon certification, students will have an opportunity to work with a rescue squad during class time for credit.

Students learn:

  1. Patient Assessment
  2. Medical Terminology and anatomy
  3. Medical emergencies and respiratory arrest
  4. Cardiac arrest, CPR
  5. Automatic external defibrillation
  6. Bleeding and Shock
  7. Fractures, dislocations, sprains
  8. Soft tissue injuries, cuts, bruises
  9. Burns and hazardous materials
  10. Emergency Childbirth
  11. Radio dispatch and ambulance operations
  12. Vehicle access and extrication fundamentals
  13. Incident Management systems and disaster management

Course Background
Students in this program should have a good science background and possess a genuine concern for helping others. They should enjoy working with public safety professionals, including law enforcement officials, firefighters, physicians, nurses, and emergency personnel. A good driving record is important.

Career Information
EMTs fall into two categories: volunteers and paid public safety careers. The Henrico County Volunteer Rescue Squad and Henrico County Division of Fire support this class, and need qualified EMTs. A willingness to take further training and specialized courses is needed for advancement in most public safety occupations. This is an excellent course to take in preparation for a career in the medical field.

Public Safety Curriculum
Students who wish to explore a broader public safety curriculum may attend Hermitage Technical Center for two years, taking one year of EMT and one year of Law Enforcement. Students may schedule either course first in the program sequence.

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