Emergency Medical Technology
Certificate of Specialization (CS)
Offered through Health Sciences
@ South County Education Center | William J. Harrison Education Center
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) care for the sick and injured. EMTs are skilled in patient assessment and recognition of diagnostic signs and symptoms of major injuries and illnesses. They also know how to use ambulance, rescue vehicle and hospital emergency room equipment.
The recommended academic plan blends general education requirements with options for areas of concentration to ensure students get the most out of their certificate or degree.
A Career with Variety
The successful EMT should be able to work as a team and with others; possess manual dexterity and physical coordination; be able to give and receive written and verbal directions; and have good vision for examining patients. In addition, the EMT must be prepared for considerable kneeling, bending and heavy lifting of patients. Working conditions may be stressful, involving life or death situations and suffering patients.
EMTs are employed by private and public ambulance services, fire and police departments, hospitals, rescue squad operations and other emergency medical services.
About the Program
Students who are just starting out in the EMT profession should consider earning the Certificate of Specialization, which is required for entry-level EMT professions.
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be prepared to perform basic life support and some advanced procedures in emergency situations. Prior to entering the program, students must have a current American Heart Association Basic Life Support Provider CPR Card. Graduates of the emergency medical technology program are eligible to sit for state and national licensing board exams.
Opportunities in the Field
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the need for EMTs is expected to grow by 33 percent by 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. This growth is attributed to population increases, urbanization and the increasing emergency needs of the aging Baby Boomer population.
Some EMTs become paramedics, instructors, dispatchers or physician assistants; others move into sales or marketing of emergency medical equipment. A number of people become EMTs to test their interest in health care before training as registered nurses, physicians or other healthcare workers.
EMT salaries vary with the specialty, type of employer and years of experience. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary of EMS workers was $33,380 per year in 2017. The lowest ten percent earned less than $21,880, and the top 10 percent earned about $56,990.
The gainful employment regulation requires nondegree programs at community colleges to meet minimum thresholds with respect to the debt-to-income rates of their graduates. You can view the information for this program here as reported to the Department of Education.