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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.
  • Coordinate work with other emergency medical team members or police or fire department personnel.
  • Immobilize patient for placement on stretcher and ambulance transport, using backboard or other spinal immobilization device.

    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 10Paramedic Core Content11
      EMS 40Emergency Care for Paramedics4.5
      EMS 50Paramedic Skills Competency5
      EMS 70Paramedic Clinical Internship3
      EMS 80Paramedic Field Externship9
      Total Units32.5

      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.

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