This certificate is designed to train and educate emergency medical services professionals to excel in meeting the needs of the community. Emergency medical service professionals respond to medical emergencies by providing immediate care and transportation to the ill and injured.
EMTs conduct basic, noninvasive interventions to reduce morbidity and mortality in acute out-of-hospital emergencies. All EMTs have emergency medical responder capabilities along with additional skills associated with patient transport. In many places, EMTs provide the majority of out-of-hospital care and in some places they provide the highest level of care. Licensure as an EMT requires completion of an accredited course of study. After successful completion of all requirements for the certificate, students are eligible to apply to take the respective state licensure exams.
The basic and intermediate coursework in this program provide for a gradual increase in the depth and breadth of students’ emergency medical services knowledge. An individual may begin at either the emergency medical responder/first responder or the emergency medical technician level. Each higher-level program reinforces basic skills and adds specific additional lifesaving techniques.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the certificate, students will be able to:
Understand the roles and responsibilities of the EMS provider in a variety of rescue situations, including demonstration of safe and defensive driving techniques in the operation of an emergency vehicle.
Perform a comprehensive patient assessment to articulate and implement a treatment plan for a variety of medical and traumatic emergencies.
Utilize evidence -based practices along with quality improvement to facilitate the delivery of safe care for both medical and traumatic emergencies.
Implement self-care strategies to address the impact of both emotional and physical stress of the emergency providers, while demonstrating workplace expectations for attendance safety, conduct and professionalism.
Demonstrate leadership, teamwork and decision making in the management of small and large scale emergency incidents.
Utilize therapeutic and professional communication skills with a wide variety of interactions with other health care professionals and patient/family.
Number of credit hours necessary for completion: 45