This fall PWSCC will be offering the EMT-I course. The classes are scheduled to meet twice a week for two hours in the evenings, and also over three weekends. Unlike traditional EMT programs, this EMT course has been designed for people working full-time, students, locals and non-locals.
The classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5 – 7:30 p.m. at PWSCC Valdez Campus, where Dorothy Alder will be teaching the courses via Collaborate. The intensive weekend classes will be held on: Oct. 2-3, Nov. 13-14, Dec 4-5, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.. The fall semester begins August 24 and ends December 12.
The Emergency Medical Technician-I is equivalent to the National Standard EMT-Basic, as described in the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) curriculum, revised in 1994, excluding the use of advanced airway devices. The EMT provides basic life support such as splinting, hemorrhage control, oxygen therapy, suction, CPR and use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). Clearly, most treatment procedures performed in any EMS System, regardless of level, are basic life support procedures. Mastery of EMT-I level knowledge and techniques must occur before moving to an EMT-II level of certification. Basic skills should be maintained regardless of certification level. Under the direct or indirect authorization of a physician, an EMT-I may assist with the administration of the patient’s own epinephrine autoinjector, nitroglycerin, or hand held bronchodilator inhaler. The use of a manual external defibrillator requires separate certification as a Defibrillator Technician. The EMT-I course is at least 120 hours in length and CPR certification is a prerequisite (offered during the first week).
Call PWSCC Student Services for more information at 834-1600.