Emergency Medical Technician

Help save lives in a growing career field.

Emergency Medical Technician Overview

People's lives often depend on the quick response and competent care of emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics. Incidents as varied as automobile accidents, heart attacks, slips and falls, childbirth, and gunshot wounds require immediate medical attention. EMTs and paramedics provide this vital service as they care for and transport the sick or injured to a medical facility.

EMTs and paramedics who have advanced education and certifications should enjoy the most favorable job prospects as clients and patients demand higher levels of care before arriving at the hospital.

Can you work well under pressure?

Keeping alert and focused during an emergency is key to success in this career field.

A career as an emergency medical technician could be right for you if you:

  • Are interested in the human body and patient care
  • Have good communications and people skills
  • Work well under pressure
  • Deal well with emotional or difficult situations
  • Are physically strong and healthy
  • Can move quickly while being gentle and deliberate

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What are the career opportunities in this field?

Emergency Medical Technician and Paramedic Career Paths

The majority of EMTs and paramedics work in metropolitan areas. Volunteer EMTs and paramedics are more common in small cities, towns, and rural areas. Paid EMTs and paramedics were employed in a number of industries.

  • 45% worked as employees of ambulance services
  • 29% worked in local government
  • 20% worked in hospitals

EMTs and paramedics who have advanced education and certifications, such as Paramedic level certification, should enjoy the most favorable job prospects as clients and patients demand higher levels of care before arriving at the hospital. Specific responsibilities depend on their level of qualification and training. The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certifies emergency medical service providers at five levels:

  • EMT-Basic – Care for patients at the scene of an accident and while transporting patients by ambulance to the hospital under medical direction.
  • EMT-Intermediate has more advanced training. However, the specific tasks that those certified at this level are allowed to perform varies greatly from state to state.
  • EMT-Paramedic – Provide the most extensive pre-hospital care which may include administering drugs orally and intravenously, interpreting electrocardiograms (EKGs), performing endotracheal intubations, and using monitors and other complex equipment.

Work Environment

EMTs and paramedics work both indoors and out, in all types of weather. The work is not only physically strenuous but can be stressful, sometimes involving life-or-death situations and suffering patients. Nonetheless, many people find the work exciting and challenging and enjoy the opportunity to help others. These workers tend to experience a larger than average number of work-related injuries or illnesses.

What is the program title, length, and content?

Emergency Medical programs from Herzing University provide students with a solid foundation to assess and manage patients with emergency medical needs.

EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN PROGRAM COMPARISON CHART

PROGRAM AVAILABILITY VARIES BY LOCATION.

ProgramsCreditsMonths*
Certificate in Emergency Medical Technician - Basic114
Certificate in Emergency Medical Technician - Advanced104
Diploma in Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic4818
Associate in Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic8330
*Average number of months for students to complete program

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CERTIFICATE IN EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN – BASIC

This certificate program allows graduates to be eligible to write the EMT-Basic licensure exam administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Graduates are prepared for entrance into many challenging areas of hospital emergency departments, fire departments and ambulance services. The Emergency Medical Technician—Basic is trained in basic life-support procedures. The EMT-B performs limited invasive (advanced) skills. The course emphasizes the development of student skills in patient assessment and examination, the recognition of signs and symptoms of illness or injury, and the use of proper procedures when rendering basic emergency care. General topics covered include human anatomy and physiology, bleeding and shock, emergency childbirth, airway management, splinting of fractures and dislocations, medical emergencies, and movement of patients. The intent of the program is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to assess and manage life-threatening injury and illness and provide transport to medical facilities. Clinical experience is an integral part of the program. Download Program Course Sheet

CERTIFICATE IN EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN – ADVANCED

This advanced emergency medical technician program will cover the roles and responsibilities of an advanced EMT within an EMS system, applying the basic concepts of development, pathophysiology, and limited pharmacology to assess and manage patients with emergency medical needs. The student will learn how to maintain a patient’s airway, oxygenate and ventilate a patient, be able to take a proper history, and perform a comprehensive physical exam. Students will be able to properly administer limited medications and communicate effectively with other healthcare providers, including physicians, nurses, and other allied health personnel. Students will also be able to integrate pathophysiology principles, assessment findings, and critical thinking skills to formulate a field impression and implement a treatment plan for trauma and medical patients of all ages. Graduates will be eligible to write the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians Examination. Download Program Course Sheet

DIPLOMA IN EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN – PARAMEDIC

The Emergency Medical Technician—Paramedic program will cover the roles and responsibilities of a paramedic within an EMS system, applying the basic concepts of development, pathophysiology, and pharmacology to assess and manage patients with emergency medical needs. The student will learn how to maintain a patient’s airway, oxygenate and ventilate a patient, be able to take a proper history, and perform a comprehensive physical exam. Students will be able to properly administer medications and communicate effectively with other healthcare providers including physicians, nurses, and other allied health personnel. Students will also be able to integrate pathophysiology principles, assessment findings, and critical thinking skills to formulate a field impression and implement a treatment plan for trauma and medical patients of all ages. Graduates will be eligible to write the EMT-Paramedic licensure examination administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions as paramedics for hospital emergency departments, fire departments and private ambulance services. Download Program Course Sheet

ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE IN EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN – PARAMEDIC

This program builds on the diploma program with general education studies to produce a more well-rounded graduate for greater employment and advancement opportunities. Graduates of the diploma program who transfer their credits into the associate degree can finish the program in just six months. Download Program Course Sheet

Which locations offer this program?

Birmingham Campus

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