If you are interested in an exciting career in the Emergency Medical Technician field, PCC is here to help you on your way.
There are four levels of EMT professionals recognized by the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration):
- Emergency Medical Responder
- A-EMT (Advanced)
PCC offers courses for those looking to become an EMT or a Paramedic as well as a basic Prep Course required before taking the EMT class. Each course provides bookwork, skills sessions and the appropriate amount of clinical time required.
EMT Prep Course (80 hours)
This course gives students working knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, and basic pharmacology. Upon successful completion, students may advance to the EMT course.
Emergency Medical Technician (201 hours)
Offers the prospective student the opportunity to learn and practice lifesaving skills pertinent to today’s lifestyles. Emergency Medical Technicians offer lifesaving care at the basic level. The basic level has become a standardized term referring to life support that does not include intubation, electrical cardioversion, and advanced drug therapy. EMTs offer assistance to paramedics working in the field and even in some clinical environments.
Upon successful completion of the course the student will be offered the opportunity to sit for the state and national examinations to earn subsequent licensure.
This profession offers great satisfaction, excellent job placement opportunities and, most importantly, the opportunity to progress in the field of medicine.
Paramedic (1200 hours)
Paramedics provide lifesaving care to the sick and critically injured. After training, job placement in an emergency field, overseas setting or specialty environment is possible. The trained paramedic has the autonomy to perform various skills including but not limited to: drug administration, needle chest decompression, IV insertion, intubation, surgical airway placement, and countless other lifesaving interventions.
As a paramedic, one becomes the eyes and ears of the emergency physician, essentially offering care at their discretion prior to evaluation by the physician. Paramedics operate off of standing orders, and medical control orders that give them the autonomy to perform all grades of procedures in the out–of–hospital environment. The slang term “ditch doctor” has often been given to the profession and it quite adequately describes the role of the paramedic in today’s world.
The field of paramedicine is ever evolving at a rapid pace. The abilities of paramedics today are shocking in comparison to field medicine twenty years ago. We are now becoming ever more progressive in the environment of pre-hospital care.
Courses are designed to provide students with skills necessary to pass board certifications and go on to have a successful career as an emergency medical technician. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be offered the opportunity to sit for the state and national examinations to earn subsequent licensure.
Becoming certified as an EMT or Paramedic provides excellent job opportunities as well as excellent advancement opportunities. Top Paramedics can become Emergency Services Directors or even fully-trained Flight Paramedics earning upwards of $90,000. Salaries may depend on region and experience. As an EMT, you can earn a starting salary anywhere from $18,000-$25,000.
Come and join a career that offers satisfaction, adrenaline and a steady paycheck. We would love to have you!
Genna Baugh and Justin Stargardt