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Friday, October 17, 2014

Career Technical Education: Emergency Medical Technology

The Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) course is 5.5 units and meets for approximately 8.5 hours weekly. Students who enroll in the course must be 18 years of age. The course is approved by the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency.

Students will be required to have a negative TB test or chest x-ray before they can participate in ambulance and hospital experiences. In addition, some hospitals may require a background check, physical exam and proof of immunization to childhood diseases and Hepatitis B.

The course comprises theory and techniques of emergency medical services to be performed by an EMT-I, including the following:

  • human systems
  • patient assessment
  • shock
  • pharmacology
  • respiratory system
  • cardiovascular system
  • nervous system
  • musculoskeletal system,
  • soft tissue injuries
  • medical emergencies
  • traumatic emergencies
  • obstetric and gynecologic emergencies
  • behavioral emergencies
  • pediatrics
  • extrication
  • rescue
  • EMS communication system
  • ambulance transport

The course also includes experience in an emergency room of an acute care facility, and with a qualified emergency ambulance service. Students are required to wear a uniform for these experiences.

Students will be required to have or obtain Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Professional Rescuer/BLS for the Healthcare Provider certification.

Students must perform procedures that require bending, squatting, lifting, climbing stairs, communicating with patients, using telephones and/or radio equipment, and other tasks that may be consistent with the emergency medical care of patients in a pre-hospital care environment.

Upon successful completion of the course, a certificate of completion will be awarded. Students are required to pass the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians examination in order to receive EMT-I certification.