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2014-2015 Catalog 
    Dec 06, 2022  
2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Emergency Medical Technician, Certificate

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Career Programs Building, Room 165, 240-500-2436

Award:  Certificate in Emergency Medical Technician

Total Credit Hours: 12 credit hours.

Purpose:  Prepares students for work in the Emergency Medical Services field.  Students who complete this program are eligible to sit for the Maryland and National Registry certification tests.

Curriculum:  The curriculum is divided into several areas of study and consists of lecture, laboratory, clinical experience, and field experience.  Emphasis is place on the knowledge and skills of the EMT to meet the needs of individuals in times of an emergency.

Program Outcomes: Graduates of the Letter of Recognition in Prehospital Basic Life Support will be able to:

  1. Identify patients in need of emergency medical care.
  2. Provide basic life support for medical and trauma patients.
  3. Determine the most appropriate transport of patients to primary care facilities.
  4. Communicate effectively with patients in various “Special Populations.”
  5. Demonstrate safe and effective application of all required EMT skills.
  6. Successfully integrate knowledge and skills in a prehospital setting while being monitored by a preceptor.

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • College placement test scores in English and mathematics. Students must place into the ENG 098  and MAT 098  course levels or higher.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average for all college coursework of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. In addition, a minimum grade point average of 2.0 for all program courses is required
  • English as a Second Language students may require other testing to verify English language competency
  • Students must be capable of performing the technical standards of the program

Program Requirements
Students practice selected procedures on each other in the college EMS laboratory. All Emergency Medical Technician students must receive:

  1. A minimum grade of 70% on each of the 10 Module exams
  2. A minimum grade of 70% in each course
  3. A mark of satisfactory for both the laboratory skills and clinical experiences. Students who receive a final mark of unsatisfactory in the laboratory or clinical experiences, despite a passing theory grade, will not be permitted to progress in the EMT/paramedic program and will receive a final grade of “F” for the course.
  4. Complete the requirements of EMS 122:
  • Ambulance/BLS equipment inventory and location
  • Washington County 911 Center Visit
  • Maryland State Police Demo with class
  • Minimum of 40 hours with a Washington County EMS preceptor
  • Minimum of 10 Patient Care and Transport Reports

Students who cannot complete the program due to Affective Domain (behavior) issues are not eligible for readmission. This readmission guideline also includes students who cannot meet safety standards, students who violate the college’s Honor Code and Standards of Conduct, and the criminal code described by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

Other state-mandated requirements must be met in order to qualify for state certification testing.

Certificate Requirements (12 Credits)

Criminal Background Checks

A criminal background check may be required by a clinical site prior to beginning a clinical experience. Criminal background check results are disclosed to clinical facilities as required. If a student is denied access to a clinical site because of the background check, and as a result, cannot meet program requirements, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Drug Screen

Students may be required by a clinical site to submit to a drug screen. Drug screen results are disclosed to clinical facilities as required. A random drug screen may also be requested at any time during the paramedic program if a paramedic faculty member or a clinical facility representative has reasonable cause to suspect that a student is impaired and poses a safety concern to patients or others. If a student is denied access by a clinical site because of drug screen results, and as such, cannot meet program requirements, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Technical Standards

There are technical standards and skill requirements which students are expected to possess and demonstrate in order to be successful in this program. More information on these standards can be found on the Web page for this program.

  EMS 140 - Introduction to Advanced Life Support Principles  

Students who are considering entry into the EMT-Intermediate or Paramedic training are strongly encouraged to take this course.  This course introduces pathophysiology, cardiology, and neurology concepts.  The medical model of diagnosis and paramedic assessment in the prehospital setting is introduced.

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