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Jobs in the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) field are currently in high demand. There is a shortage of qualified workers and many available positions to fill. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, EMT employment is expected to grow faster than average in upcoming years. This is due to a number of factors, including the need for 24-hour care, and the aging of a large percentage of the population. Aside from job security, a career as an EMT also offers you the chance to become an important part of your community, and to truly help people in their most dire time of need.
The average annual wage in this field is $66,146, with an earning potential of about $91,582 per year.*
Courses are from the 2018-19 Catalog
|EMS 121||EMT I Fundamentals of Emergency Care||4 credits|
This course, first in a 3-course series, covers the basic structure of EMS, and the fundamentals of emergency patient care. Topics include: EMS systems, workplace safety and wellness, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, vital signs, airway management and patient assessment.
|EMS 122||EMT II Medical Disorders and Emergencies||4 credits|
This is the second course in the EMT series, and covers the common medical conditions, emergencies, and field treatment for acutely ill patients by EMS responders. Topics include: cardiovascular, respiratory, neurologic, psychiatric, endocrine and other non-traumatic medical emergencies.
|EMS 123||EMT III Traumatic Emergencies and Special Circumstances||4 credits|
In the third and final course in the EMT series, the student will learn how to deal with injuries caused in traumatic accidents, emergencies in special patient populations, such as pregnancy, neonates and pediatrics, and geriatrics. Students will also learn about other specialized EMS Operations, to include: emergency vehicle safe driving practices, incident management, interfacing with Advanced Life Support, and disaster response. A cumulative capstone written and practical skills exam will be given at course/series completion.
Check out the information below to learn how you can get started!
Applications for program entry are typically due 6 weeks prior to the start of the quarter. We offer the EMT Program, Fall and Spring Quarters only. Candidates from sponsored agencies are given priority consideration for program admission.
Please note: Students accepted to the EMT Program must attend the first night of class which is the program orientation. Details TBA in your acceptance notification. FOR FALL STUDENTS ONLY: While a flu shot is a requirement prior to any clinical rotations, current flu season shots will not be available until September each year. Therefore, flu shot verification must be received by October 1st.
Applications may be mailed or hand delivered to:
Bellingham Technical College Attn: Billie Baker, H1 3028 Lindbergh Avenue Bellingham, WA 98225
Students must possess the aptitude and ability to perform critical thinking in the field. Students with poor reading comprehension may need to improve their abilities before taking the EMT Program.
Students must have access to a computer with high speed internet as many program components and testing are done online.
Students, either prior to entering the program, or before course three (EMS 123), are encouraged to have taken a Hazardous Materials Awareness course. It is also recommended only that students complete the IS 100.a and IS 700.a courses, available from the FEMA website (http://training.fema.gov/IS/) as the NREMT exam will address these areas in more depth than in covered in the EMT Program.