Emergency Medical Technicians (also known as EMT-Basic) provide medical aid to those in need during emergency situations such as accidents or illness. An EMT-Basic has the emergency skills to assess a patient's condition and manage respiratory, cardiac, and trauma emergencies.
TCC’s EMT program offers a broad education in the principles and practical applications of fire and emergency medical services. You will earn required state and national certifications necessary for employment with fire departments, industrial firms, governmental agencies, fire protection companies, healthcare agencies, and emergency medical services agencies.
If you are seeking entry level employment in municipal fire departments, you will need certification as a Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (FF/EMT). If you are interested in employment in the healthcare field, you will benefit from the Healthcare Specialist/Paramedic (HS/Paramedic) option.
The Emergency Medical Technician courses at TCC are designed to prepare you to take the National Registry EMT written exam and psychomotor exam and to function successfully in the field as a Nationally Registered EMT. No prior experience or knowledge is required.
You will need to possess certain qualities to succeed as an Emergency Medical Technician. Here are some of those that will help you be successful in the profession:
- Compassion: EMTs and paramedics must provide emotional support to patients in an emergency, especially patients who are in life-threatening situations or extreme mental distress.
- Interpersonal skills: EMTs almost always work on teams and must be able to coordinate their activities closely with others in stressful situations.
- Listening skills: EMTs need to listen to patients to determine the extent of their injuries or illnesses.
- Physical strength: EMTs need to be physically fit. Their job requires a lot of bending, lifting, and kneeling.
- Problem-solving skills: EMTs need strong problem-solving skills. They must evaluate patients' symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments.
- Communication skills: EMTs need to be able to comfort and explain procedures to the patient, give orders, and relay information to others.
Workforce Development Degree Information
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