EMS TRAINING, EMS CERTIFICATION, MEDICAL FIRST RESPONDER (MFR)
- Choosing a Career in EMS
- Career Opportunities in the EMS Field
- What Does Training Involve?
- Class Schedule
Personal Qualities of an EMT
If you think EMS is a good career choice for you, here are a few more questions to ask ourself:
- Are you a good communicator?
- Are you a good problem-solver?
- Do you like versatility?
- Are you a self-starter?
- Do you tend to be a leader?
- Do you perform well without Continual direction?
Choosing a Career in EMS
Making a career choice is a huge responsibility. Whether you are just graduating from high school, re-entering the work force or contemplating a new career it is a decision that can be life changing.
A career as an EMT can be very rewarding. It allows you interaction with people in a time when they can have some of their greatest needs and often allows you the opportunity to make a difference.
Course work to become an EMT can be completed at a college or through a training institute such as the one provided at Tri-Hospital EMS. Many people who are not ready for a five day a week college schedule find that taking courses through a training institute allows them they flexibility they are looking for in a course schedule, for employment and personal reasons.
Classes are often two nights a week and occasional Saturdays, with courses varying in length depending on the program you are taking.
Some colleges are now allowing students the opportunity to apply their training and experience towards a degree by allotting a set number of credits based on your history. The number of credits allotted and to what degrees you may apply then are based on the policies of the college you attend.
Career Opportunities in the EMS Field
There are various levels of professionals in the field of Emergency Medicine. A Medical First Responder (MFR) may also be a certified police officer or someone who works in a factory as a training officer.
People who work as volunteers on their local Fire Departments may also hold a Medical First Responder License.
Basic EMTs, the second level in the EMS System, can work on an ambulance, in a hospital or physician’s office.
What does EMT or EMS Training Involve?
Depending on the level of licensure you wish to hold, the training will vary.
Medical First Responder
A MFR will incur approximately 88 hours of classroom and practical time. Courses are typically one or two days a week and require a test with the National Registry to complete their licensure requirements. Students will learn such skills as bandaging, airway management, spinal immobilization, and use of the AED or Automated External Defibrillator.
A Basic EMT, which is the minimum level needed to work on an ambulance, requires approximately 240 hours of classroom and practical time. Students will also need to complete clinicals in a hospital and on an ambulance. The minimum number of clinical hours required is 40. Students who take the Basic EMT program will learn airway management, spinal immobilization, and limited advanced airway skills.
Continuing Education Classes
Various dates and locations are scheduled throughout the year. Please call 810-985-9876 for more information.