Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) / Paramedic Schools

AmbulanceWhat Will I do in Paramedic/EMT School?

Because the job of a paramedic or EMT is so very different from any other in the medical field so is the schooling they must complete in order to become certified. Paramedic/EMT training is a balanced mix of classroom training together with practical in the field training where students are exposed to real life emergency situations similar to those they will have to deal with on a daily basis once their training is over.

What are the Different levels of Training Offered by Paramedic/EMT Schools?

There are several different levels of training and certification on offer for those wishing to pursue a career in emergency response. They are as follows:

EMT-B (EMT-Basic)

EMT-I/85 (EMT-Intermediate 1985)

EMT-I/99 (EMT-Intermediate 1999)

EMT-P (EMT-Paramedic)

Each certification brings with it an acknowledgement that the certified individual has reached a certain level of expertise and the daily duties they can perform will be determined by what level of training they have achieved. One of the appareling aspects of a career as an EMT/Paramedic for many people is that they can begin working at a lower level (as a Basic Life Support Tech for instance) and then continue their education while still earning a wage. In fact rising through the ranks in this way is generally encouraged since although classroom training is a crucial part of an EMT/Paramedic’s education field experience is even more important.

What Classes are taught for Each Level of Certification?

EMT- B (basic) and EMT- I (intermediate) level training covers much of the same material but with an extra 200 hours of training required to receive intermediate certification rather than basic. Some of the commonly covered subjects include:

  • Spinal immobilization
  • Defibrillation/Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Dressing and Bandaging
  • Trauma Assessment
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Splinting

Intermediate programs also then cover the following during the additional 200 hours of study:

  • Airway management
  • Intravenous cannulation
  • Administering of certain therapeutic medicines
  • Needle-decompression of tension pneumothorax

What can a Paramedic do that an EMT Cannot?

A paramedic receives a higher degree of medical training than an EMT and is certified to perform certain invasive procedures that in a hospital setting would be performed by a doctor. These procedures include Endotracheal Intubation and Intravenous cannulation (IV) as well as the ability to administer certain lifesaving medications.

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