EMT and Paramedic Classes
By Ashley Boyce, allied health world staff writer
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What classes can I expect from EMT and paramedic programs?One of the things that is so special about attending EMT and paramedic training programs is the knowledge that every bit of training, exposure, and experience that is gained in school will not only be a vital component to the job, but in many cases will be a vital component to the emergency medical care that ends up saving a life.
Students of EMT and paramedic programs tend to demonstrate an unwavering level of professional discipline and personal commitment to the acquisition of knowledge surrounding emergency medicine and pre-hospital care. These programs will offer specific EMT classes that will prepare graduates with an applied mastery of the basic and intermediate emergency medical techniques and protocols.
What specific classes will EMT basic and intermediate programs include?
EMT- B (basic) and EMT- I (intermediate) level training will generally include very similar classes specific to the common tasks associated with the job. The classes that are most often found to be part of EMT-B and EMT-I training programs are as follows.
- Spinal immobilization
- Defibrillation/Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
- Dressing and Bandaging
- Trauma Assessment
- Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Although the training associated with the two intermediate EMT designations, EMT-I/85 and EMT-I/99, are categorically similar to EMT-B (basic) training, there are still a few characteristic differences between basic and intermediate EMT training. Intermediate level programs will take as many as 200 additional hours of training that would include EMT classes in:
- Airway management
- Intravenous cannulation
- Administering of certain therapeutic medicines
- Needle-decompression of tension pneumothorax
What specific classes will EMT-P (paramedic) programs include?
As is suggested by the basic and intermediate professional designation denoted in the credentials associated with EMTs (EMT-B and EMT-I), the highest-level, and most respected EMT-P (paramedic) credential represents having successfully achieved the absolute echelon of emergency medical training. Following the successive levels of certification would show paramedic level training to represent the final stage of professional expertise for emergency medical technicians.
Earning the EMT-P credential that denotes being an expert in providing emergency pre-hospital care will require training in a number of more technical and medically invasive procedures that are reserved only for paramedics. EMT and paramedic courses differ by more than just the length and depth of training, they also differ somewhat in terms of the protocols and procedures that are taught. The paramedic classes that are unique to EMT-P training are as follows:
- Endotracheal Intubation
- Electrocardiology (ECG or EKG)
- Intravenous cannulation (IV)
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