Emergency Medical Technician

  • Experience the responsibilities of an Emergency Medical Technician by treating patient conditions utilizing a thorough understanding of the human body

  • Interact with patients, first responders, firefighters, and law enforcement

  • Explore your potential in health and safety careers such as firefighters, EMT/paramedics, police officers, and medical personnel 





Emergency Medical Technician Career Tree:

Emergency Medical Technician Career Tree




Emergency Medical Technician Sequence of Courses:

  Career Awareness
Career Preparation Career Preparation Career Training
Recommended Course Sequence Principles of Health Science
(1 credi
t)
Health Science Theory
(1 credit)
Anatomy and Physiology
(1 credit)
Practicum in Health
Science (EMT)
(2 credits)

 

Emergency Medical Technician Courses:

Principles of Health Science
A course designed to develop health care specific knowledge and skills in a variety of area in the medical field. Students will learn about many aspects of Healthcare including different healthcare careers, effective patient communication, medical ethical and legal responsibilities, patient care, anatomy & physiology, safety, and first aid. This course prepares the student for the transition to clinical or work based experiences in healthcare.

Medical Terminology
Helps students learn the language of medicine and is an excellent foundation for any student looking to pursue a career in healthcare. Students will learn how to break down medical words into translatable pieces to gain a better understanding of the human body systems. Students will use the knowledge gained in this class to help them move into upper level courses such as Anatomy & Physiology, Practicum Medical Assistant & Practicum EMT. Medical Terminology is a must for any student wanting to have a successful Medical Career.

Health Science Theory
Students will progress from what they learned in Principles of Health Science at a more advanced level, First Aid, CPR/AED Heartsaver certification renewed and students are prepared for advanced courses. Students will also learn advanced levels of Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Ethics and Legal Aspects in Medicine, advanced levels of Patient Assessment & Care including Temperature, Pulse, Respiration & Blood Pressure. Plus, students will learn how to write, read & fill prescriptions and they will learn advanced levels of Medical terminology. This course is required for upper level courses such as Practicum in Health Science-Medical Assistant & Practicum in Health Science (EMT).

Anatomy & Physiology 
This class is designed to give students a deeper foundation in the anatomy of the human body and the physiology of how each body system works together to maintain optimum body function. Students will explore each system in depth including the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems through the use of hands on dissections and real world case studies. They will also have the opportunity explore healthcare professions related to each system.

Practicum in Health Science EMT
This course is a double blocked period available to seniors only. Upon the completion of this class and your NREMT exam - you can directly go into a job, in the healthcare field, working on an ambulance and setting the foundation for your progress to a Paramedic or enter other various fields of medicine, to which you will be exposed. We will prepare you to pass the National Registry and State of Texas curriculum for Emergency Medical Technicians - (This course is the same at the college level.) All students are required to complete hands on learning in the environment in which they will be employed: those will include - clinical rotations in the Emergency Room and at the Fire Department. Students will be working with real patients at the level they have been trained under the direction of their assigned preceptor. Some skills you would learn in becoming an EMT would be things such as: Airway Management, Bandaging/Splinting, Spinal Immobilization, Anatomy & Physiology, Mechanical Aids to Breathing, EMS response to Terrorism & Hazmat, Patient Assessment and Triage of Mass Casualty Incidents.

Certifications:

  • Health Science Theory - Heartsaver CPR/AED, First Aid
  • Practicum in Health Science EMT - Emergency Medical Technician, BLS CPR

 

What type of student should take these courses?

  • A student that loves science and math, enjoys figuring out problems, interacting with people or groups,
  • A student who wants to be a Healthcare provider in some capacity, self motivated, eager to learn, willing to collaborate as a team, 
  • Students in this pathway will be completing their internship at the Fire Department and the Emergency Room where they will be expected to use the skills they have learned on real patients. They are expected to interact with their patients at the level of their training and will complete 12-14 hour shifts. This is not an observation internship but rather an interactive internship.

 

Careers Related to Emergency Medical Technician:
Paramedic, Nurse, Physician, Physical Therapist, Athletic Trainer, Optometrist, Veterinarian, EKG Technician, Radiology Technician, Dental Hygienist, First Responder, Physician Assistant, Firefighter