BASIC EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN (EMT) COURSE INFORMATION
The Basic training program for Emergency Medical
Technicians (EMTs) has an overall objective to improve the quality
of pre-hospital emergency care rendered to victims of accidents
and sudden illness. As such, the course develops skills in symptom
recognition and in all emergency care procedures and techniques
currently considered to be within the responsibilities of an EMT
providing emergency medical care with an ambulance service, fire/rescue
or police department.
An IEME sponsored course consists of between 34
& 38 lessons involving approximately 139 hours of classroom
& skills training, plus a hospital and field internship requiring
a minimum of 5 patient assessments and 10 hours of observation.
The actual number of lessons and hours of classroom time may vary.
Our curriculum follows the Federal Department of Transportation
guidelines, but exceeds both the Massachusetts Department of Public
Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services and the Department
of Transportation's minimum requirements for time (110 hours)
and content. It is taught by a state approved EMT Instructor/Coordinator,
and he/she is assisted by an instruction staff of many highly
dedicated and qualified EMTs.
This course has been developed for all individuals
desiring to perform emergency medical care with an ambulance service,
fire department or police department. NO prior experience or training
is required of the course applicant. The applicant, in order to
be eligible for the state EMT certification, must meet the following
state requirements: (1) be able to read, understand and communicate
in English, (2) a High School diploma or GED, (3) be 18 years
of age (at time of application for state exam), (4) be free from
addiction to alcohol or any drug, (5) be able to lift and carry
125 pounds, (6) be free from any physical or mental defect or
disease, which might impair his/her ability to provide emergency
care within the scope of the EMTs training and responsibilities,
or which might jeopardize the health of another member of the
class, and (6) the student must also successfully complete the
Basic EMT course including 100% attendance.
The EMT program offered by IEME is approximately
15 weeks long and runs on either a Monday & Wednesday evening
schedule or on a Tuesday & Thursday evening schedule; both
schedules also have up to 4 Saturday Day sessions (usually at
weeks 5, 10, 13 & 15). Evening hours are usually from 6PM
to 10PM, and Saturday hours are from 8:00AM to 5:00 PM.