As an Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) student at the SouthWest Skill Center (SWSC) at the Estrella Mountain Main Campus, you will be challenged daily in class as you learn the crucial skills needed to perform in emergency medicine. The EMT program will take students with minimal or zero medical knowledge and in 16 weeks have them trained and prepared to assist people in their most critical time of need. EMTs are trained to handle events such as heart attacks, strokes, internal bleeding, diabetic problems and trauma patients.
EMTs help people in critical situations that are often life-threatening and traumatic. It is a fast-paced, exciting and rewarding environment, but can be intensely emotional. Quality training and the ability to focus on the human aspects are essential.
This program may be completed in approximately 16-17 weeks. Day, afternoon and evening classes are available. As part of EMT104, each student will participate in simulated clinical events called Emergency Patient Management (EPM) exercises.
In addition, a certificate program in Emergency Medical Services and Fire Preparatory Academy also exists. This program is designed specifically for individuals seeking a career in the fire-medical service and addresses foundational emergency medical technology, hazardous materials, and firefighting content material; as well as meeting two of the prerequisites for the Fire Department Operations course also known as the “Fire Academy” (FSC102); these two prerequisites are EMT (EMT/FSC 104) and Hazardous Materials (FSC 105). Upon successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to sit for the EMT and Haz-Mat certification examinations.
The program meets current USDOT national standard education guidelines for Emergency Medical Technician. You will gain techniques of emergency medical care in accordance with national and state curriculum. Study of the human body, patient assessment, treatment of medically or traumatically compromised patients, special hazards, and medical operations, IV monitoring, patient-assisted medication administration, automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and blood-glucose monitoring, all are part of the program. The program meets the current Hazardous Materials First Responder certification requirements for the Arizona Center for Fire Service Excellence. The course will cover basic methods of recognition and identification, based upon the chemical and physical properties of hazardous materials; basic safety procedures when utilizing specific types of protective clothing and equipment; basic tactical information relating to scene management. Confined space operations in accordance with the National Fire Protection Agency.
Information Session Attendance
Emergency Medical Technology & EMS Fire Preparatory Academy | Fridays | 12 p.m. | SWSC at Estrella Mountain Main Campus
Simply, it's our unique approach. Instructors recognize that you are not merely students, but future coworkers and counterparts. With that in mind, a personalized approach to instruction is taken. You will be tasked with pushing yourself and working hard to be successful. Also, you will be challenged daily in class as you learn the crucial skills needed to perform in public safety services in an all-hazards approach. The program will take students with minimal or zero fire/medical knowledge and in a few short months have them trained and prepared to assist people in their most critical time of need.
Instructors have extensive experience working in the professions — as many are first responders, paramedics and EMTs from around the Valley — and are dedicated to teaching at the highest level, so you perform confidently in the intense atmosphere of emergency medical scenes.
Career and Employment Outlook
EMTs and EMS/Firefighters are used in a variety of employment settings such as fire departments, ambulance services, EMS agencies, hospital emergency departments, and even law enforcement agencies. Additionally, EMT's play a role in clinics, summer camps, wilderness adventure organizations, lifeguarding and ski patrol. Whether you train to be an EMT as your primary employment or as a supplement to your career; the skills and knowledge you gain as an EMT will serve you for a lifetime.
Employment and wages vary from state to state. Click on the link to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for Emergency Medical Technology and EMS/Firefighter below:
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SouthWest Skill Center
Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, Firefighter, First Responder**
Certificate of Completion - Emergency Medical Technology: $1,655*
Certificate of Completion - EMS & Fire Preparatory Academy: $2,480*
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*Please note that these are only estimates. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, uniform costs, course fees and book costs.
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