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Catalog/Handbook 2019-2020 
Catalog/Handbook 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Emergency Medical Technology Certificate

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Program: 68130

The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) is a member of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team delivering out-of-hospital emergency care under the direction of an emergency physician. EMTs are a mainstay with public health and community service agencies, operating emergency vehicles that respond to emergency rescue calls and other life-threatening situations. The EMT’s primary responsibilities are to safely care for victims of accidents or sudden illnesses by stabilizing patients and then safely transporting them to the hospital emergency department.

Program Prerequisite

Emergency Medical Responder (EMS 1059C) is the prerequisite course for entrance into the EMT Certificate Program. The student may also choose the Emergency Medical Responder Credit-by-Exam option (the required score is 70 percent or higher). Successful completion of this exam provides the student with Polk State College credit for the Emergency Medical Responder course.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):
After successful completion of the program, the graduate is able to:
PLO1: Demonstrates competency of the didactic principles and roles and responsibilities of the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) within the emergency medical service (EMS) system. 
PLO2: Demonstrates aptitude while conducting a comprehensive interview and physical exam of patients within the practical exam scenarios and identifies normal versus abnormal findings.
PLO3: Demonstrates effective communication, assessment, patient care report writing skills using all the various formats currently identified by the National EMS Education Standard Competencies.
PLO4: Demonstrates competency to fulfill the role of the entry level EMT. This includes psychomotor, affective domains and appropriate assessment-based patient care. 

Total Program Hours: 12

Note: If a student is unsuccessful in either EMS 1158 Emergency Medical Technology or EMS 1158L Emergency Medical Technology Lab/Clinical, the student must reenroll in the failed course during the next course offering and successfully complete the course requirements to qualify for the state examination. A student who fails to reenroll in the next course offering of the failed course must repeat both EMS 1158 and EMS 1158L to qualify to retake the state examination.

Receiving below an 80 percent on three exams or below an 80 percent overall average on the practical exams in EMS 1158 Emergency Medical Technology results in a failing grade.

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