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Emergency Medical Technology

The Field

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings and lives often depend on their quick reaction and competent care. EMTs respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities.

In order to succeed as an EMT, students must demonstrate grace under pressure and strong communication and problem-solving skills. EMT work is physically strenuous and can be stressful, sometimes involving life-or-death situations and patients who are suffering so students should be prepared to enter this challenging work environment.

The Emergency Medical Technology Program at Skyline College

The EMT Program at Skyline College represents the first phase of training in the Emergency Medical Technician career structure. The program provides the student with a broad foundation of knowledge in anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and emergency care procedures in addition to didactic and skills training, observation in a local hospital Emergency Room and a ride-along rotation with a local ambulance company. The program meets National EMS Education Standards and 2010 AHA guidelines.

Career Outlook

Becoming an EMT provides a strong foundation for students entering other careers involving pre-hospital emergency medical care such as para-medicine, fire-fighting, or law enforcement and also provides pertinent education for those considering other health fields including medicine, nursing, and physician assisting.

EMTs and paramedics are expected to see a 23 percent job growth rate over the next decade, much higher than average. On average, EMTs and paramedics in California make an annual wage of $35,310 according to the U.S. Department of Labor.