what is an emt?
Elite Ambulance Emergency Medical Technician Basic (EMT) Program is a three-four-month course of study based on the U.S. Department of Transportation's National EMS Education Standards and the NHTSA National EMS Scope of Practice Model for EMT Instruction. Upon successful completion of the course of studies, Elite Ambulance EMT candidates are eligible to test either the National Registry examination for EMT's or the Illinois Department of Public Health examination to gain their license as an EMT-Basic by the State of Illinois. Incorporated into each 170-hour course are 16 hours of ambulance ride time and 16 hours of clinical rotation in hospital emergency departments.
The primary focus of the EMT is to provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide care and transportation. EMTs function as part of a comprehensive EMS response under medical oversight. This program focuses on developing the knowledge , skills and abilities that will allow each student to properly assess and treat a variety of medical emergencies as EMTs in the pre-hospital setting. It is designed for individuals seeking to become healthcare providers and presents a strong foundation for those who wish to pursue advanced training at the Paramedic level and fire service. This is your first step in becoming a firefighter/paramedic/first responder.