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Emergency Medical Technician (SOC CODE: 29-2041.00)

Job Description Overview

Assess injuries, administer emergency medical care, and extricate trapped individuals. Transport injured or sick persons to medical facilities.

Related Careers

  • Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
  • Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians
  • Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health
  • Health Technologists and Technicians, All Other
  • Medical Assistants
  • Medical Appliance Technicians
  • Medical Transcriptionists
  • Medical Equipment Preparers

Sample Job Duties

  • Administer first aid treatment or life support care to sick or injured persons in prehospital settings.
  • Operate equipment, such as electrocardiograms (EKGs), external defibrillators, or bag valve mask resuscitators, in advanced life support environments.
  • Perform emergency diagnostic and treatment procedures, such as stomach suction, airway management, or heart monitoring, during ambulance ride.
  • Observe, record, and report to physician the patient's condition or injury, the treatment provided, and reactions to drugs or treatment.
  • Assess nature and extent of illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures.
  • Drive mobile intensive care unit to specified location, following instructions from emergency medical dispatcher.
  • Decontaminate ambulance interior following treatment of patient with infectious disease and report case to proper authorities.
  • Administer drugs, orally or by injection, or perform intravenous procedures under a physician's direction.
  • Immobilize patient for placement on stretcher and ambulance transport, using backboard or other spinal immobilization device.
  • Coordinate work with other emergency medical team members or police or fire department personnel.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Emergency Medical Services: AS Degree

      Technology and Health Division
      Degree S1210

      Students who complete the required courses listed below for the Paramedic Certificate and who also complete the graduation requirements of Mt. San Antonio College will be awarded the Associate in Science degree in Emergency Medical Services.

      This Paramedic Program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and approved by the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency as meeting and exceeding the minimum standards as specified in Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration national standard curriculum. It is designed to train paramedics to work on ambulances and in the fire service.     

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      EMS 10Anatomy and Physiology for Paramedics3
      EMS 20Emergency Cardiac Care for Paramedics1.5
      EMS 30Pharmacology for Paramedics3
      EMS 40Cardiology for Paramedics3
      EMS 50Paramedic Skills Competency5
      EMS 60EMS Theory for Paramedics8.5
      EMS 70Paramedic Clinical Internship3
      EMS 80Paramedic Field Externship9
      Total Units36

      Recommended Electives

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      ANAT 10AIntroductory Human Anatomy4
      FIRE 1Fire Protection Organization3
      PSYC 1AIntroduction to Psychology3
      or PSYC 1AH Introduction to Psychology - Honors
      SOC 1Introduction to Sociology3
      or SOC 1H Introduction to Sociology - Honors

      The Emergency Medical Services faculty recommends that students complement their studies with selected elective courses chosen from the list above. Students should meet with a professor of Emergency Medical Services to help them determine which electives would best suit their career plans.

      Special Information

      To remain in the program, students must maintain a grade of “B” (80%) or better in all courses, per state regulations. Before starting clinical rotations, students must pass a criminal background check. Upon successful completion of the required courses, students are granted a certificate documenting completion of the Paramedic Program. Students are then eligible for licensure by taking and passing both the National Registry Exam and County Paramedic accreditation exam.

      Public Safety Programs Website 

    • Emergency Medical Technician EMT 90

      Technology and Health Division
      Certificate E0378

      Approved by the Los Angeles County and State Departments of Health. Emphasizes the development of skills to recognize symptoms of illnesses and injuries as well as the proper procedures of pre-hospital emergency care. Awards an EMT Course Completion Certificate necessary for many jobs in emergency care and is prerequisite for entry into a Paramedic program or most fire department jobs.

      Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

      Required Courses

      Course Prefix Course Name Units
      EMT 90-AIntroduction to EMS System1.5
      EMT 90Emergency Medical Technician7
      Total Units8.5

      Special Information

      To remain in the program, student must maintain a grade of “C” or better in the course. EMT 90-A is a mandatory pre-requisite to EMT 90.

      Completion of the required course, which includes both written and practical qualifying examinations, will award the student an EMT Course Completion Certificate. Students are then eligible for certification by taking and passing the National Registry EMT certifying exam. This course is a prerequisite for the Paramedic Program and is required by most fire departments before the student may be hired as a firefighter.

      Public Safety Programs Website 

    • Emergency Medical Technician EMT 95
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