The Killingworth Ambulance Association will be sponsoring an initial Emergency Medical Technician class beginning September 6, 2011. Classes will be run on Tuesdays and Thursdays 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Approximately 180 of classroom hours (the State recently increased the depth of coverage for the subject matter) and 10 hours of clinical observation time will be required to complete the course.
Applicants must be 16 years of age by the beginning of the class. Anyone under 18 will need parental permission to enroll in the course.
The Emergency Medical Technician course is required to function as a technician in the back of an ambulance. The Killingworth Ambulance Association operates an ambulance transport service. Killingworth Residents, once they complete this course and pass the State certification tests can join the Ambulance Association. Certified EMTs can also work for commercial ambulance services as well.
You will learn how to
- Preform CPR and use an AED to restart someone’s heart
- Perform a physical assessment of a patient
- Place a cervical collar, use a KED and place your patient on a backboard
- Control Bleeding
- Splint broken Bones
- How to deliver a baby
- Assess an infant
- Handle an emotionally disturbed patient
You will learn about medical conditions that affect the brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, and other organ systems. An EMT course is a great stepping stone to further medical education such as Paramedic Training, Nursing School, Physician Assistant training or even a pre-med program. Colleges may grant up to 6 college credits for successful completion of this course. Some high schools may grant credit as well.
The Chief instructor for the course first became an EMT in 1984 and later became a Registered Nurse in 1992. He has a Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut. He is certified in Critical Care, Cardiac Medicine, and Cardiac Surgery by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. He is certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Basic Life Support by the American Heart Association, He is certified in Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians.
The course fee will be $650 payable to the Killingworth Ambulance Association. The course fee includes the course tuition, the course textbook, stethoscope, blood pressure cuff and CPR card. You will be responsible for state practical and written testing fees. You will be expected to attend every class unless arrangements are made in advance with the Chief instructor.
There will be weekly homework and quizzes to make sure you keep up with the learning. There will be midterm and final exams that include both written and practical components. You will need an overall average of 70 to pass the course.
To register or to request additional information, please call ambulance headquarters 860-663-2450 and leave a message on the machine. We will return your call as soon as practical.