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Not sure what you mean by "a few lower level EMT courses". The basic course is 3 months. Continuing education courses are available but the assumption for those is that you already are an EMT (B, I or P).
This lecture course presents the technical knowledge and skills necessary for certification as a Basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B). This course focuses on Basic Life Support (CPR), airway management, poisoning emergencies, splinting, disaster management, bleeding, shock, emergency child birth, and psychological emergencies, as well as extrications. This course meets the recommendations of the National Department of Transportation for EMT- Basics. Note that successful completion of this course is required for individuals wishing to take the National Registry Certifying Exam for EMT-Basics.
This laboratory course is designed to develop overall patient management skills required for Basic EMT. This covers equipment, assessment, evaluation, treatment, documentation, communication and more. Subject matter complements the required co-requisite lecture course in EMS 100 (EMT- Basic Fundamentals). This lab focuses on all essential skills required for the successful completion of the National Registry standard practical examination. This course meets the recommendations of the National Department of Transportation for EMT- Basics.
Those are the two I'm considering taking.
Thanks for the positive support gang! Sounds like I was in the right train of thought about these classes.
My mom's best friend from high school is a paramedic of 20+ years and I should have zero problems getting ride-alongs with him whenever I need to. That would be good experience as well.