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Emergency Medical Technology Overview


Emergency Medical Technology

Career/Program Overview

The primary focus of the Emergency Medical Technician is to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system.  The certificate EMT will receive general education courses that are designed to enhance their knowledge, skills and abilities.  Becoming an EMT is the first step in becoming a paramedic.  Emergency Medical Services offers a wide range of employment opportunities including ambulance services, fire departments, police departments, hospitals, helicopter services, and educational institutions.

The program is also designed to meet the academic pre-requisites of the Intensive Care Paramedic Program.

Curriculum-at-a-Glance

Program-related courses may include:  Emergency Medical Technician and general education credits necessary to meet pre-requisites of allied health degree programs.

 Program/Degree Options

RCTC offers a 24 credit Certificate in Emergency Medical Technology.

 Program Start Date(s)

Students can begin this certificate in any semester. Allied health students at RCTC are required to submit health information and pass a criminal background check.

Career Opportunities/Information

Employment of emergency medical technicians and paramedics is expected to grow 9% between 2008 and 2018, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth in this occupation is due in large part to increasing call volume due to aging population. As a large segment of the population—aging members of the baby boom generation—becomes more likely to have medical emergencies, demand will increase for EMTs and paramedics. In addition, the time that EMTs and paramedics must spend with each patient is increasing as emergency departments across the country are experiencing overcrowding. As a result, when an ambulance arrives, it takes longer to transfer the patient from the care of the EMTs and paramedics to the staff of the emergency department. In addition, some emergency departments divert ambulances to other hospitals when they are too busy to take on new patients. As a result, ambulances may not be able to go to the nearest hospital, which increases the amount of time spent in transit. Both these factors result in EMTs and paramedics spending more time with each patient, which means more workers are needed to meet demand.

Emergency Medical Technician positions are part of ambulance services, fire department based, rural EMS services, hospitals, clinics and EMS education.

Gainful Employment Programs

Gainful employment programs are those “that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.”

RCTC gainful employment information for Emergency Medical Technology Certificate:
http://www.mnscu.edu/admissions/ge/rochester/002373-51.0810/gedt-002373-51.0810.htm 

Accreditations/Articulations 

Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission:  A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations/.

Additional Information

Program Website: http://www.rctc.edu/program/icp/

Program Plan: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs/

More Information: http://www.rctc.edu/contact/

 

ollaboration with Mayo School of Health Sciences (MSHS), offers a 75 credit Associate in Science degree as an Emergency Medicine Paramedic.  An Advanced Standing option is also available to working paramedics who are now interested in completing their Associate in Science Degree.

Program Start Date(s)

Students can begin general education requirements any semester.  A second, separate process of applying to the Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program at MSHS is also required.  Applicants must be currently state certified and nationally registered as an EMT-Basic or Intermediate.

Additional admissions requirements can be found by visiting the MSHS website at http://www.mayo.edu/mshs/careers/emergency-medicine.

Career Opportunities/Information

Employment of emergency medical technicians and paramedics is expected to grow 9% between 2008 and 2018, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth in this occupation is due in large part to increasing call volume due to aging population. As a large segment of the population—aging members of the baby boom generation—becomes more likely to have medical emergencies, demand will increase for EMTs and paramedics. In addition, the time that EMTs and paramedics must spend with each patient is increasing as emergency departments across the country are experiencing overcrowding. As a result, when an ambulance arrives, it takes longer to transfer the patient from the care of the EMTs and paramedics to the staff of the emergency department. In addition, some emergency departments divert ambulances to other hospitals when they are too busy to take on new patients. As a result, ambulances may not be able to go to the nearest hospital, which increases the amount of time spent in transit. Both these factors result in EMTs and paramedics spending more time with each patient, which means more workers are needed to meet demand.

Emergency Medicine Paramedic positions are part of ALS ambulances, fire department based ALS, rural EMS services, hospitals, EMS education, fixed wing and helicopter services.

Accreditations/Articulations

Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission:  A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 

The MSHS Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program has pending accreditation by the Commission on the Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP).

For additional information on the most current list of RCTC program articulations see us at: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/articulations/.

Additional Information

MSHS Website: http://www.mayo.edu/mshs/careers/emergency-medicine

Program Plan: http://www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs/

More Information: http://www.rctc.edu/contact/

Last Updated: July 7, 2014

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