E.M.T. (Emergency Medical Technician)
A person who is specially trained and certified to administer basic emergency services to victims of trauma or acute illness before and during transportation to a hospital or other healthcare facility.
Emergency Medical Technicians provide out of hospital emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical services (EMS) system. EMTs have the basic knowledge and skills necessary to stabilize and safely transport patients ranging from non-emergency and routine medical transports to life threatening emergencies. Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response system, under medical oversight. Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic equipment typically found on an ambulance. Emergency Medical Technicians are a critical link between the scene of an emergency and the health care system.
[From the: National EMS Scope of Practice Model]
This applied technology diploma program is designed to prepare the student for the Florida State Board NREMT Examination for Emergency Medical Technician. EMT’s serve as a link in the chain or the health care team. This includes all skills necessary for the individual to provide emergency care at a basic life support level with an ambulance service or other emergency service agency.
EMT Course Descriptions
EMS 1158C EMT Lecture / Lab Combined
This course is designed to introduce the student to Emergency Medical Care through classroom lecture and the practical application in a laboratory setting. This includes familiarization with the human body, vital signs, and the importance of patient history, AIDS, Blood Bourne Pathogens, and CPR, use of ventilation and oxygen therapy and patient situational control as well as examination and assessment of the patient. Also discussed is appropriate medication administration for the EMT as well as bleeding, shock, soft tissue injuries and their care. 11 credits
EMS 1158L EMT Hospital / Field Combined
This is the Clinical portion of the course. It allows students to correlate the information obtained in the lecture and laboratory portion with patient care. It offers students the opportunity to demonstrate competency in the skills learned in the laboratory. Students will be assigned to specific EMS providers and hospitals to complete a required number of hours of field/clinical time. The student will be under the direct supervision of paramedic preceptors, nurses, and physicians. 1 credit
*The Lab, Clinical & Externship components of the EMT and Paramedic Programs are graded on a Pass/Fail basis.
EMT Course Descriptions
The EMT student must complete the following to be considered for graduation; these requirements must be met prior to sitting for the final exam.
- Complete all class, lab and clinical hours as stated above.
- Pass each module exam, cumulative mid-term and end term exams and comprehensive final exam with a minimum of 70%.
- Demonstrate competencies in required critical tasks including passing a comprehensive final scenario.
- All required paperwork has been turned in and checked by EMS program Director, including required number of patient contact reports.