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Emergency Medical Technology (EMT)

Who benefits from the Emergency Medical Technology Program? Anyone interested in learning what to do in a medical emergency. This could be someone who wants the knowledge for their own personal use, someone who needs it as an adjunct to their job, such as a child care provider, a fire fighter, or a policeman; or someone who wants to go into the field of emergency medicine.

What the program entails:

Primarily, CTC's EMT Program provides pre-hospital care training at two levels, the First Responder level and the EMT-Basic level.

  • First Responder (EMSP 1305): This is the most basic level of formal pre-hospital emergency medical care training. It covers what used to be referred to as first aid, plus CPR, plus the basics in assisting ambulance personnel. To attain the latter objective students are taught how to use some of the equipment found in ambulances. Many public safety systems require their employees to be certified as First Responders. Individuals who deal with groups of people on a day-to-day basis, such as day care employees, teachers, life guards, etc. would also find this course useful.
  • EMT-Basic (EMSP 1401/ 1160): EMT-Bs are the medical professionals who usually staff the ambulances which respond to the scene of medical emergencies. CTC's EMT Program trains individuals to become EMT-Bs. See below for more information.
  • Other courses: All the other courses in CTC's EMT Program can be used for continuing education credits by EMT-Bs. Holders of an EMT-B license need to take 48 contact hours of continuing education every two years, in addition to the EMT-B refresher course, to renew their license.

Generic EMT-B Job Description: An EMT-B is the medical professional who usually staffs an ambulance. He/she is a medical care-giving professional who goes to the scene of an emergency. He/she is sent out to the scene of an emergency by a dispatcher. The dispatcher acts as a communications channel for all the links of an Emergency Medical Services system and may also by trained as an EMT. An EMT-B makes the initial assessment of the nature and extent of a victim's medical problems. In order to help victims, EMTs must quickly identify the nature of the emergency, stabilize the patient's condition, carry out the necessary medical procedures, and transport the victim to a medical care facility.

Because an EMT is usually the first medical professional to assess the victim of a emergency, his role is crucial in the outcome of emergency care.

Job prospects:

A large majority of EMT-Basics is employed by fire departments, private ambulance services and various EMS organizations. In the past few years there has been an increased demand for their skills in private industry, businesses, and hospital emergency clinical care areas. Many graduates have used the EMT-B knowledge and skills as a basis for pursuing other allied health disciplines such as nursing or medical school. Future trends are for EMT-Bs to be involved in community and personnel educational activities; systems design, development and evaluation; and publication for research. (from the University of Cincinnati Web Page)

Is a career in EMS Right for you? (from

  • Employment of emergency medical technicians and paramedics is expected to grow by 9 percent between 2010 and 2018, which is which is about the same as the average for all occupations.
  • EMTs don't sit behind a desk or work the traditional 40-hour week.
  • EMTs receive enormous satisfaction from providing a vital public service to victims of sudden illness or accident.
  • There are many types of employers for EMTs. You will have a variety of career opportunities

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Emergency Medical Technology Course Descriptions

Click on Download Syllabus to see the complete syllabus. Click on Schedule Locations to see what Central Texas College Europe locations are offering this course for this term and the next few terms.

EMSP 1149 Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support 1-0-1 Download Syllabus - Schedule Locations

The course is designed to provide the practicing pre-hospital provider with specific knowledge related to the pre-hospital assessment and care of the trauma patient. Advances in pre-hospital trauma intervention techniques, along with new combinations and applications of existing skills and knowledge are included. Offered at Europe Campus only.

EMSP 1160 Clinical-Emergency Medical Technology/Technician 0-6-1 Download Syllabus - Schedule Locations

A basic, intermediate, or advanced type of health professions work-based instruction that helps students synthesize new knowledge, apply previous knowledge, or gain experience managing the workflow. Practical experience is simultaneously related to theory. Close and/or direct supervision is provided by the clinical professional (faculty or preceptor), generally in a clinical setting. Clinical education is an unpaid learning experience. Upon successful completion of this course and EMSP 1401, students are eligible to take the exam to be certified as an EMT-Basic. This course is only offered with EMSP 1401.

EMSP 1170 Rapid Patient Assessment 1-0-1 Download Syllabus - Schedule Locations

The course is designed to train medical care providers to determine the seriousness of a patients condition in the first few minutes of a patient encounter. It focuses on the “Sick not Sick” method of assessment; a systematic initial assessment aimed at recognizing life threatening conditions. The method is then applied to multiple scenarios.

EMSP 1271 Sports and Physical Training Injuries 2-0-2 Download Syllabus - Schedule Locations

The course is designed for the pre-hospital care provider emphasizing musculoskeletal injuries incurred during physical activity. The course is designed to build upon and extend the knowledge gained by pre-hospital care providers during an EMT-B certification course; or similar training.

EMSP 1272 EMT-B Refresher 2-0-2 Download Syllabus - Schedule Locations

The course is designed to refresh the Certified Emergency Medical Technician Basic with changes in trends; policies; and procedures. This course includes a review of basic knowledge and skills required to meet the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician Basic Recertification. The course follows the Department of Transportations EMT-B Refresher curriculum.

EMSP 1273 Advanced Airway Management 2-0-2 Download Syllabus - Schedule Locations

The anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system; the use of airway adjuncts; oxygen therapy; and airway care are reviewed. Then anatomical considerations and the steps in the performance of endotracheal and esophageal intubation in the adult are considered. Endotracheal intubation in the infant is presented. The steps to be followed in assisting an EMT-P during intubation are presented.

EMSP 1305 Emergency Care Attendant 2-3-3 Download Syllabus - Schedule Locations

Basic first responder course in basic emergency medical care. Emphasis on requirements of national and state accrediting agencies.

EMSP 1401 Emergency Medical Technician-Basic 2-6-4 Download Syllabus - Schedule Locations

Introduction to the level of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) - Basic. Includes all the skills necessary to provide emergency medical care at a basic life support level with an ambulance service or other specialized services. Upon successful completion of this course and EMSP 1160, students are eligible to take the exam to be certified as an EMT-Basic by the Texas Department of Health and/or National Registry of EMT. Prerequisite: Current CPR certification. See also admission requirements.

For more detailed information, you can view our course catalog in the Library Section of the CTC Web Pages.

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