So you’ve decided to become an emergency medical technician (EMT) or a paramedic.
Both health careers provide emergency life-supporting services to patients who need immediate care after illness, disease or trauma. EMTs and paramedics share the same space in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and wherever a medical emergency may occur. Quick thinking and competent care mark the successful career for EMTs and paramedics in the medical field, and attending an EMT-Paramedic school is the first step toward reaching your career goals.
At Health Career Institute, you can earn your EMT and Paramedic certifications in four to 16 months of combined classroom instruction and hands-on clinical work. Your education will cover the procedures you need to know in order to keep people alive in emergency medical situations, how to check vital signs, how to transport patients, and other life support techniques.
The EMT program will prepare you for an entry-level career in emergency medical services. EMT students complete four months of instruction in basic life support techniques and follows the most current National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
You will complete 250 total clock hours, which includes theory, labs, and an externship that includes ride time and hospital experiences over a four-month period. EMT graduated will be certified to handle patient assessments, open airways, restore breathing, control blood loss, treat victims of shock, immobilize fractures, bandage wounds, provide childbirth assistance, care for heart attack patients, poison and burn victims, and transport patients.
The Paramedic program furthers the EMT graduate’s education. Paramedic students will complete an additional 12 months of training for a total of 45 credit hours in order to receive the certification as an EMT-Paramedic in the state of Florida. The Paramedic certification is an advanced level for EMT and prepares the graduate in the following: advanced knowledge in patient assessments, administration of medications, EKG monitoring, and advanced resuscitation procedures.
Students will complete an externship of 340 hours ride time with an ambulance and 200 hours of hospital time. Additional classroom instruction and lab clinicals will ensure that Paramedic graduates are equipped to handle the demands of emergency medical situations. Your career as an EMT-Paramedic can start as soon as the next term!