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EMT Basic - Spring 2023
with Linda Steele
This class is offered in a hybrid format utilizing the Zoom platform.
This course prepares students to provide emergency medical care for critical patients who need health care access. This program is offered in a flexible format, allowing students to attend class in person or online (labs and clinical rotations are only offered in person). Students can choose to continue their education and become advanced EMTs, paramedics or continue their education and transition into another health care field.
NOTE: This class will also include Mental Health First Aid for Fire/EMS and Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (EVOC). One Saturday (Jun 3) is required for driving skills.
WF HEAPS Funding for West Virginia Residents: https://www.collegeforwv.com/programs/heaps-workforce/apply-now/
WIOA Funding: West Virginia residents should contact the American Job Center at 304-232-6280. Ohio residents should contact Ohio Means Jobs at 740-633-5627.
If you are interested in the medical field and helping people, you might consider becoming an emergency medical technician. These healthcare professionals provide immediate assistance to patients in emergencies before bringing them to a doctor's care.
An emergency medical technician, or EMT, is a first responder trained in basic medical knowledge and skills to provide immediate medical care to patients in an emergency. They are often the first emergency service providers to arrive on the scene of a crisis, such as an accident, medical emergency, fire, or natural disaster. An EMT's main responsibility is to provide basic and emergent medical care to stabilize patients in crisis before transporting them to a hospital where a physician can further assist them.
EMTs can have several levels of responsibility and certification, and each has different requirements. Some areas use EMT-Basic and EMT-Intermediate or advanced levels. In contrast, others classify levels of training and certification as emergency medical responder (EMR), emergency medical technician, and advanced emergency medical technician before advancing to the level of a paramedic. While many EMTs work on private ambulances, they can also work for other emergency services, such as a fire department or search and rescue teams.
EMT salaries vary based on their level of certification, employer, experience, and location. The national average salary in the United States is $15.04 per hour, while some salaries range from $7.25 to $38.90.
This program meets all the requirements of state and national certification and/or licensing requirements.