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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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  • Offers a comprehensive student services team (SUPPORT+) composed of financial aid advisors, academic tutors, career service advisors, and more.
  • Operates as a Public Benefit Corporation school, that puts students first and maintains a commitment to the communities they serve.
  • Features a DreamReal program, that provides students with career guidance from enrollment to graduation, helps them to make connections in their community, and more.
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  • Founded in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1900, with over 40 diverse online degree programs.
  • Offers a comprehensive student services team (SUPPORT+) composed of financial aid advisors, academic tutors, career service advisors, and more.
  • Operates as a Public Benefit Corporation school, that puts students first and maintains a commitment to the communities they serve.
  • Features a DreamReal program, that provides students with career guidance from enrollment to graduation, helps them to make connections in their community, and more.
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  • Offers externships and clinical experience that help students prepare for life after they graduate.
  • Has 10 campuses across the mid-Atlantic, plus online degree programs.
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  • Has specialized in student-centered technology, business, criminal justice, health science, and culinary education for over 45 years.
  • Makes it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in 2.5 years or an associate’s in 1.5 years by providing a year-round schedule.
  • Offers externships and clinical experience that help students prepare for life after they graduate.
  • Has 10 campuses across the mid-Atlantic, plus online degree programs.
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  • Designated a 2014 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Educates with the mission to serve the needs of the local community and graduates by matching opportunities to skills.
  • Offers career education in nursing, dental, business, information technology, and more. 
  • Has 44 campus locations across 15 states, with online options as well.
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  • Designated a 2014 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
  • Educates with the mission to serve the needs of the local community and graduates by matching opportunities to skills.
  • Offers career education in nursing, dental, business, information technology, and more. 
  • Has 44 campus locations across 15 states, with online options as well.
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  • Morning, day, and evening class options are available, as well as year-round start dates.
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  • Morning, day, and evening class options are available, as well as year-round start dates.
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  • Chooses its faculty members for their talent, expertise, and practical experience.
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  • Serving as America’s technical career education specialists for 75 years.
  • Offers accelerated associate degree programs that can be completed in as little as 18 months, and bachelor degree programs in as little as 3 years.
  • Provides associate, bachelor, master, and online degree programs in nearly 40 technical and business management skills programs.
  • Chooses its faculty members for their talent, expertise, and practical experience.
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  • Accredited
  • Flexible Scheduling
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  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
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  • Offers several programs in healthcare, criminal justice, broadcasting, business administration and more.
  • Features an online system called MyPortal that allows students to check their schedule, grades, calculate their GPA, and more.
  • Has 5 Florida campuses located in Fort Lauderdale, Gainesville, Miami, Hollywood, and Altamonte Springs, with online options.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
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  • All health programs include an externship, clinical rotation and/or fieldwork practice, for student experience.
  • Institutional accreditation provided by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
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  • 10 campuses across Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, and Washington.
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  • All health programs include an externship, clinical rotation and/or fieldwork practice, for student experience.
  • Institutional accreditation provided by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
  • Provides programs in medical billing, massage therapy, veterinary assisting, dental assisting, and more. 
  • 10 campuses across Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, and Washington.
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  • Founding member of the Accrediting Council for Independent Schools and Colleges (ACICS) in 1912.
  • Career assistance services are provided to all students and graduates for life.
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  • Career assistance services are provided to all students and graduates for life.
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  • Provides financial aid to students who qualify.
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  • Proud to be a part of the All-State Career schools group.
  • Has campuses located in Essington, PA and Baltimore, MD.
  • Provides financial aid to students who qualify.
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  • Instructors are industry-experienced professionals who offer their real-world expertise and give you insight into the current job market.
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  • Class sizes range from 10-25 students at a time allowing for more one-on-one instruction.
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  • Offers career placement assistance, helping students prepare their resume, conduct job searches, and find employment after graduation.
  • Class sizes range from 10-25 students at a time allowing for more one-on-one instruction.
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