EMT course

  1. I was wondering if anyone has prior experience as an EMT and if it would be beneficial to nursing school? I was thinking about taking EMT course while waiting to get into nursing school. And, to maybe get a little income coming in. Any input would be greatly appreciated!!
    Thanks
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  3. by   EricJRN
    I think it helped me. It can definitely get you some exposure to at least a couple of areas of healthcare. Pay for a basic EMT can vary greatly from service to service (some are still volunteer), but it will bring in some spending money on the side for you.
  4. by   stpauligirl
    Quote from navyvetRNdreams2b
    I was wondering if anyone has prior experience as an EMT and if it would be beneficial to nursing school? I was thinking about taking EMT course while waiting to get into nursing school. And, to maybe get a little income coming in. Any input would be greatly appreciated!!
    Thanks
    I was thinking the same thing, if I don't get accepted at our ADN program I'll try that route....I see the EMT students in the library all the time. Looks tough, too.
  5. by   emtb2rn
    I've been a ski patroller since '97 and an EMT since '99. Started nursing school last August. The knowledge and experience definitely has helped. I had a good foundation in A&P, assessment, common drugs, patient interaction and working with others in the medical community. Codes are different in the hospital too, lotsa elbow room instead of a dark narrow hallway.

    The Basic EMT program is only 3 months and is waaaaaaaaaaaaaay easier than nursing school. Pay is low, but you get to meet some interesting people in some interesting situations.
  6. by   navyvetRNdreams2b
    Thanks for all the input. I really appreciate it. I believe I will go ahead and do it. The one I am looking at is an 8 week course starting around mid June.
    Thanks again
  7. by   Pneumothorax
    thats my plan while i wait to get into nursing school. cuz g-d knows the waits are wayyy to long for us wanting to get in hehe.

    its in the field i want to go in [medical/emergency medicine]
    ill get some cash flow [heh]

    + my fiance is a ff/paramedic so he can help me with stuff too

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