Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. Key duties include: assessing injuries, administering emergency medical care, and transporting injured or sick persons to medical facilities.
EMTs also typically respond to 911 calls for emergency medical assistance, assess a patient’s condition and determine a course of treatment, provide first-aid treatment or life support care to sick or injured patients, and report their observations and treatment to physicians, nurses, or other healthcare facility staff.
WHAT SKILLS & TRAINING ARE NEEDED?
- EMTs must evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer appropriate treatments (Problem solving).
- EMTs usually work on teams and must be able to coordinate their activities closely with others in stressful situations (Communication).
TECHNICAL AND ACADEMIC SKILLS:
- Appropriate knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.
- Ability to perform CPR and other basic life support skills.
Both a high school diploma or equivalent and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification typically are required for entry into postsecondary educational programs in emergency medical technology. Most of these programs are nondegree award programs that can be completed in less than 1 year; others last up to 2 years. Paramedics, however, may need an associate’s degree.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS A GOOD FIT FOR ME?
- You are a compassionate person and a good listener.
- You enjoy working with others.
- You remain calm in stressful situations.
WHERE CAN I PURSUE ALIGNED TRAINING?
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