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EMT Basic: The first step to Becoming a Paramedic

EMT Basic
Students interested in a healthcare career as an emergency first responder have training and certification options.But regardless of career plans, from EMT to paramedic, the first step is to get certified as what’s referred to as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B).

EMT-B Certification 

To become a certified EMT-B, students mustfirst take a program that teaches the emergency care skills required for EMT work. The coursework shouldprovide the competency needed to handle a variety of medical emergencies. Students will learn how to assess patients and correctly respond to their needs. They’ll learntrauma care, CPR, hemorrhage control, fracture and spine stabilization, and childbirth. EMTs save lives by administering glucose for diabetics, providing oxygen to patients, and assisting with asthma attacks and allergic reactions. Programs also teachthe proper use of related technology, such as life support and defibrillator equipment.

Learn more about CAHE’s EMT Program.

Once an EMT-B course is satisfactorily completed, there are a few additional requirements needed both for students who would like to move directly into the healthcare workforce as an EMT and for those moving on to paramedictraining and certification. First, graduates should take the New York State Practical and Written Exam. The Department of Health website provides information, such as the written exam schedule.

National EMS Certification

The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) provides information on all levels of national emergency medical service (EMS) certification. New York EMS technicians can complete their national certification first by passing the two NREMT tests:

  • National Registry psychomotor examinations are standardized scenario-based tests. This test shows your level of competence for emergency care skills.
  • National Registry cognitive exam is a computer adaptive test (CAT) that covers all aspects of EMS care.

When the applicant has passed both exams, they area Nationally Certified EMS Technician.

Becoming a Paramedic

In addition to the solid foundation of life-saving skills learned during EMT-B studies, paramedics are certified to perform advanced skills in emergency situations.Paramedics can administer medications and start intravenous lines. They are able to free airway obstructions and resuscitate patients. To learn more, read our previous blog on A Day in the Life of a Paramedic.

Whichever plans you pursue in your EMSstudies, be sure you get the best training. Lives will depend on it.

 

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SummerFest 2015 Recap

Students and staff gathered for a day of fun and festivities during SummerFest 2015, which was held at Marine Park (Brooklyn, NY). The day was filled with sporting events, food, entertainment and lots of fun give-aways.  The Student Government Association would like to thank all who participated and looks forward to hosting the next BIG center-wide event.

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