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EMS training in US EMS schools

Do you thrive on high-energy situations? Becoming an Emergency Medical Technician may provide both an exciting and fulfilling career opportunity. In this vocation, you may be called upon to quickly respond to a wide variety of emergency situations, ranging from car accidents to heart attacks. You may ride in an ambulance to reach the injured party. If the patient needs more advanced medical care, you may ride with him or her to a hospital, where you may deliver the patient's vitals to a nurse or physician.

All in a Day's Work for Emergency Medical Technicians

Although their training and certification may be the same, there are two types of emergency medical technicians (EMTs):

  • Paid EMTs may be at work and available during specific hours. Large cities generally employ EMTs as part of their fire, police, and rescue departments.
  • Volunteer EMTs on the other hand, may only respond to a medical emergency after being alerted by either two-way radio, monitor, or fire siren at any time of the day or night. Rural areas rely upon volunteers in their communities for rapid response to emergencies.

Those who chose to pursue an EMT may need certain traits and qualifications.

  • The ability to maintain a cool and calm head during a dire emergency
  • Physical strength is necessary, in order to move victims or patients and to carry or wear heavy equipment. Many fire departments require EMTs to wear fire gear when responding to vehicle accidents and other calls involving possible fire or chemical emergencies.
  • The ability to make rapid assessments of situations and symptoms in situations when time is of the essence, especially from the emergency scene to a trauma center
  • Empathy, concern and the ability to calm both patients and their friends or family in a dire situation
  • The ability to follow specific instructions is mandatory.

Typical Scenarios

On any given day an emergency medical technician may respond to a wide variety of emergencies.

One of the most common emergencies involve heart-related problems. An EMT may typically suspect a heart attack on any call where the patient is experiencing difficulty in breathing and has chest and/or upper left arm pain - classic heart attack symptoms. The EMT may always first ensure the patient has an open airway, is breathing, and has a heartbeat (ABCs).

If so, then a secondary survey is done in order to collect information that may indicate what further treatments or precautions should be taken. This survey may include:

  • Looking for:
    • Bleeding
    • Broken bones
    • Cuts and abrasions
    • Bruises
  • Recording:
    • Pulse
    • Blood pressure
  • Checking pupils for dilation
  • Evaluating the patient's ability to move extremities and response to stimuli

Only after bleeding and fractures are treated and the patient is stabilized is transport to an appropriate emergency facility undertaken. Although speed is essential in treating emergencies in the field, stabilization of the patient is equally important. Radio communications with the emergency room are maintained during transport so that a physician is able to issue any necessary directives upon arrival.

Applying CPR

If a patient is not breathing but has a heartbeat, an airway obstruction may be present and must be treated. Sometimes a patient is not breathing and does not have a pulse when the EMT arrives on the scene. In this case, the EMT must determine whether or not the patient is in cardiac arrest and take the steps necessary to initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation (using a machine to reestablish a normal heart rhythm).

Accident Response

The next call may involve an auto accident, when EMTs may work in conjunction with fire department personnel. An EMT must be aware of any downed electrical lines or physical dangers, like leaking gasoline on the scene. Generally, fire personnel may take care of those situations.

After determining safety in the area, the EMT must assess the trauma of the victims. Without moving an accident victim, the ABCs must be checked before a secondary survey is carried out. If the patient is to be moved, injury to the head and spinal cord must be assumed and the proper equipment applied to the victim prior to moving from the vehicle. After the victim is out of the vehicle, stabilization steps are taken.

On another call, an EMT might find someone with an impaled object like a nail in the foot. The next patient may have suffered a nasty burn while cooking dinner and another may have sustained a deep cut that is bleeding profusely. A baby may be delivered in the ambulance or a psychiatric patient calmed before transport.

The benefits even for an unpaid volunteer EMT, may be many. Knowing their EMT training has saved someone's life or eased someone's pain is the best reward an emergency medical technician may have.


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  • A part of the Select Education Group (SEG).
  • Offers several scholarship and financial aid opportunities for students who qualify.
  • California campuses accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), and accreditation for the Salem campus from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).
  • 4 Campuses located in Clovis, Modesto, and Redding in California, and Salem, Oregon.
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  • A part of the Select Education Group (SEG).
  • Offers several scholarship and financial aid opportunities for students who qualify.
  • California campuses accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), and accreditation for the Salem campus from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET).
  • 4 Campuses located in Clovis, Modesto, and Redding in California, and Salem, Oregon.
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  • Good for Working Adults
  • Accredited
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs and Education Programs in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Financial aid is available for students who quality, with more than $1,000,000 through 10 scholarships.
  • Offers 24/7 student services, including financial aid help, course registration, and career counseling.
  • Students may opt in for a two week, risk-free trial period.
  • Active-duty military, veterans, and Veteran’s Administration employees can save 15% on tuition.
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs and Education Programs in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Financial aid is available for students who quality, with more than $1,000,000 through 10 scholarships.
  • Offers 24/7 student services, including financial aid help, course registration, and career counseling.
  • Students may opt in for a two week, risk-free trial period.
  • Active-duty military, veterans, and Veteran’s Administration employees can save 15% on tuition.
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  • Online Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
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  • Offers special tuition pricing for Veterans, Active Duty Military and spouses/qualifying dependents of all Active Duty, National Guard and Reserves.
  • Works closely with an advisory board from the medical community to ensure that their curriculum, equipment and instruction are current and relevant.
  • Blackboard Learn mobile allows students to complete assignments on the go.
  • Online students can get live student support for technical or course questions.
  • Has campus locations in Tampa and Clearwater, Florida as well as online learning programs.
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  • Offers special tuition pricing for Veterans, Active Duty Military and spouses/qualifying dependents of all Active Duty, National Guard and Reserves.
  • Works closely with an advisory board from the medical community to ensure that their curriculum, equipment and instruction are current and relevant.
  • Blackboard Learn mobile allows students to complete assignments on the go.
  • Online students can get live student support for technical or course questions.
  • Has campus locations in Tampa and Clearwater, Florida as well as online learning programs.
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  • Good for Working Adults
  • Online Programs
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
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  • Features the Success Education Program, with numerous scholarship opportunities to students who qualify.
  • Offers a paralegal program and several healthcare programs including pharmacy technology, medical assisting, massage therapy, and diagnostic medical sonography.
  • Provides an active Placement Assistance Program for all qualified gradutes.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
  • 7 southern California campuses available in West Covina, Pomona, Pasadena, Glendale, Riverside, Santa Ana, and Long Beach.
  • Part of the Success Education Colleges (SEC) group.
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  • Features the Success Education Program, with numerous scholarship opportunities to students who qualify.
  • Offers a paralegal program and several healthcare programs including pharmacy technology, medical assisting, massage therapy, and diagnostic medical sonography.
  • Provides an active Placement Assistance Program for all qualified gradutes.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
  • 7 southern California campuses available in West Covina, Pomona, Pasadena, Glendale, Riverside, Santa Ana, and Long Beach.
  • Part of the Success Education Colleges (SEC) group.
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  • Family-owned and operated since opening in 1977.
  • Many programs require externships, allowing students to gain real-world experience.
  • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1984.
  • Offers 22 accelerated, career-focused program options including business administration, medical assisting, and more.
  • 12 campuses across California, with an online division as well.
  • Regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), with programmatic accreditation from several organizations, including the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
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  • Family-owned and operated since opening in 1977.
  • Many programs require externships, allowing students to gain real-world experience.
  • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1984.
  • Offers 22 accelerated, career-focused program options including business administration, medical assisting, and more.
  • 12 campuses across California, with an online division as well.
  • Regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), with programmatic accreditation from several organizations, including the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
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• Many program expenses are covered by tuition, including books, uniforms and exam fees.
• Campus is located in Central Los Angeles, California.
• Offers programs surgical technology, medical assisting, occupational therapy assisting, and more.
• Programmatic accreditation from the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), and is recognized by the National Board of Surgical Technologists (NBST).

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• Many program expenses are covered by tuition, including books, uniforms and exam fees.
• Campus is located in Central Los Angeles, California.
• Offers programs surgical technology, medical assisting, occupational therapy assisting, and more.
• Programmatic accreditation from the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), and is recognized by the National Board of Surgical Technologists (NBST).

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  • Accredited
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
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Campus
  • Offers a free trial period so students can attend classes before paying tuition.
  • Blended courses combine traditional classroom instruction with online learning.
  • Online chat rooms let students connect with peers at any time, and instructors during office hours.
  • Some programs are available with accelerated scheduling, which allow students to take the same coursework in a shorter timeframe.
  • In addition to hands-on training, students participate in externships and clinical training work under the general supervision of college staff.
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  • Offers a free trial period so students can attend classes before paying tuition.
  • Blended courses combine traditional classroom instruction with online learning.
  • Online chat rooms let students connect with peers at any time, and instructors during office hours.
  • Some programs are available with accelerated scheduling, which allow students to take the same coursework in a shorter timeframe.
  • In addition to hands-on training, students participate in externships and clinical training work under the general supervision of college staff.
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  • Good for Working Adults
  • Accredited
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
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