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Emergency Medical Services Program
Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and EMT-paramedics are trained to provide medical care to people who have suffered from an illness or an injury outside of the hospital setting. EMTs and paramedics work under protocols approved by a physician medical director to recognize, assess, and manage medical emergencies and transport patients to definitive medical care. EMTs provide basic life support, and EMT-paramedics provide advanced life support.
According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics is projected to grow 23 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.
EMT Certificate Program
EMT training focuses on recognizing and treating life-threatening emergencies outside the hospital environment. EMTs learn the basics of how to handle cardiac and respiratory arrest, heart attacks, seizures, diabetic emergencies, respiratory problems, and other medical emergencies. They also learn how to manage traumatic injuries such as falls, fractures, lacerations, and burns. EMTs also are introduced into patient assessment, history taking, and vital signs. They perform CPR, artificial ventilations, oxygen administration, basic airway management, defibrillation using an AED, spinal immobilization, vital signs, bandaging/splinting, and may administer Nitroglycerin, Glucose, Epinepherine, and Albuterol in special circumstances.
The EMT program is 177 hours in length and is offered every semester. Upon successful completion of this class, the student is eligible to take the National Registry Exam to become a certified EMT. A student may also choose to take AHM 233 (Medical Terminology) as well as the EMT class. Upon successful completion of both classes, the student will be awarded a “Certificate of completion” from the College.
Paramedic - Advanced Life Support, A.A.S.
EMT-paramedics perform all of the skills performed by an EMT. In addition, they perform advanced airway management, such as endotracheal intubation. They obtain electrocardiographs (ECGs), introduce intravenous lines, and administer numerous emergency medications. EMT-paramedics assess ECG tracings and defibrillate. They have extensive training in patient assessment and are exposed to a variety of clinical experiences during training. In addition, the students will take the Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) programs.
The Paramedic – Advanced Life Support , A.A.S. degree program is offered as a part-time program designed for the student who also works. The program begins in the fall semester and runs for 6 consecutive semesters. At this time, clinical experience rotations are done at Crozer Chester Medical Center, Delaware County Memorial Hospital, UPENN at Chester County Hospital, Taylor Hospital and Springfield Hospital. Field rotations are presently completed with Crozer Chester Medical Center, Delaware County Memorial Hospital, UPENN at Chester County Hospital, Taylor Hospital and Springfield Hospital, Marple Township Ambulance Corps, Plymouth Township Ambulance and Riddle Memorial Hospital (Mainline Health).
Didactic/clinical/Field classes/rotations meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 10 p.m. and every other weekend, Saturday and Sunday for 12 hour days. Upon successful completion of this program, the student is eligible to take the National Registry Exam to become a certified EMT-Paramedic.
In addition to the college course requirements and pre-requisites, the student must also meet the following prerequisites for the Paramedic program:
- Maintain current certification as an EMT in Pennsylvania or National Registry certification
- Maintain current CPR for Healthcare Provider certification
- Be age 18 or older
- Have a high school diploma or GED equivalent
- Pass a criminal background check in your state of residence, a PA State Police criminal background check and an FBI background check
- Obtain a Child Abuse Clearance from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- Have current health insurance