Emt training

In order to even be considered to becoming an EMT or paramedic, a high school diploma or educational equivalent is required. Potential workers will then need to complete formal training and also become certified as well. The certification and training will allow the individual to prove that they can handle strenuous situations and can work under pressure.
EMT training programs are often staged in tiers. This means there is a basic level, intermediate, and lastly the final level which would award the person the title of paramedic. This article will discuss what each tier contains and what it focuses on.
The first tier is EMT-Basic. This course will have potential EMT workers focus on how to handle emergency situations. This means assessing the patient and managing accordingly to the situation. This course can be taught in a class but it is also required for the person to spend hours in an emergency department or with an ambulance crew. Students also need understand the fundamentals and methods on how to handle trauma, respiratory issues such as airway obstruction, cardiac arrest, and an emergency childbirth. It is also important that students be able to identify commonly used equipment in this course as well. Students must pass the written and practice portion of the exam in order to complete the course.
The second tier is known as EMT-Intermediate. While the course requirements do vary by state, it is usually required for the student to partake in a certain about of hours in training. Some states require 30 hours while others may require over 300 hours. Along with field experience, they will learn more advanced skills and gain more knowledge in certain medications.
The last tier is the most advanced and final tier. Once this course is completed, the student is no longer known as an EMT rather, a paramedic. In this level of training, there is extensive learning in anatomy, physiology, and medicine. This training usually takes place at a vocational school or community college and can take a year or two to complete. Besides the formal education, field work is also required. Once the student completes both and passes the NREMT (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians) exam, he/she will be certified and licensed as a paramedic.
Along with the training, a person who wishes to become an EMT needs to be emotionally stable and physically fit. This job can be the scene of many traumatic events and being able to work under stressful situations is vital to saving a person’s life.
Sources:
1. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/emts-and-paramedics.htm
2. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2041.00

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