Emergency Medical Technology is the field of caring for individuals during a medical emergency not occurring within a hospital. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are usually the first to arrive at the scene of an accident, injury or illness, by ambulance or helicopter. There are three levels of EMT training: Basic, Intermediate and Paramedic. Paramedics receive the most advanced training and provide the most extensive pre-hospital care. Typical Paramedic duties include: caring for patients at the scene and on transport; managing respiratory, cardiac and trauma emergencies; administering drugs and intravenous fluids; interpreting electrocardiograms; and many other life-saving tasks.
The program includes class lectures, skills training and clinical training in hospital and ambulance settings. Alvin Community College’s EMT program adheres to the curriculum set forth by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Texas Department of Health Services, American Heart Association and the International Trauma Life Support (ITLS).
EMTs and paramedics are employed in a number of industries including private ambulance firms, local governments, service providers, hospitals, industrial/occupational safety, fire department EMS agencies, disaster/special rescue teams, special event/entertainment medic, and police/tactical paramedic. The demand for EMTs and paramedics will continue to increase as the population grows – particularly older age groups that are the greatest users of emergency medical services. The national median annual salary for an Emergency Medical Technician is $29,000 and a Paramedic is $39,680 according to Salary.com.
Emergency Medical Technician
Intermediate Certificate.................................18 credit hours
Emergency Medical Technology
Paramedic Certificate......................................40 credit hours
For more information call 281-756-5625 or email EMT@alvincollege.edu.
Alvin Community College
3110 Mustang Road • Alvin, TX 77511
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