Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Certificate

Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Certificate

Certificate

Credits Required for Graduation: 5.00

Program Overview

Sometimes referred to as the backbone of the emergency medical services system, the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Basic is trained in basic life support procedures taught during a 180 hour course. The EMT performs limited invasive (advanced) skills. The EMT Basic course emphasizes the development of student skills in patient assessment and examination, the recognition of signs and symptoms of illness or injury, and the use of proper procedures when rendering basic emergency care. General topics covered include human anatomy and physiology, bleeding and shock, emergency childbirth, airway management, splinting of fractures and dislocations, medical emergencies, and movement of patients. The intent of the program is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to assess and manage life-threatening injury and illness and provide transport to medical facilities. The majority of EMTs are employed by ambulance services. EMTs are also employed by hospital emergency departments and fire departments.

Western's EMT Program Statistics

All licensed Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT Basics) are required to take the National Registry Examination (NREMT) in order to obtain a license to practice. The performance of Western's EMT graduates on the written NREMT is shown below.

Year Number
Attempting
Exam
First
attempt
pass
Cumulative
pass within 3 attempts
Failed
all 6
attempts
Eligible
for
retest
2014 (1st -
3rd quarters)
14 71%
(10/14)
79%
(11/14)
0%
(0/14)
21%
(3/14)
2013 63 80%
(57/63)
94%
(59/63)
0% 6%
(4/63)
2012 66 67%
(44/66)
74%
(49/66)
0% 26%
(17/66)