Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

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Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are a key member of patient care team. Working in the field under the supervision of a Medical Director, EMTs provide emergent life support including but not limited to CPR, airway control and maintenance, splinting and hemorrhage control. EMTs use a variety of equipment types including extrication, immobilization, and various transport items. If you enjoy fast-paced medical and trauma environments and thinking on your feet, then EMT training is for you. 

Training consists of classroom, laboratory, and field experience. At the end of the class, the student is able to apply for and take the National Registry EMT examination. A current and valid EMT certification is an absolute requirement in order to take the Advanced EMT class.

An EMT career is a fast-paced profession that provides extreme satisfaction through helping others.

CWI offers two programs to help prepare you to be an EMT:

EMT – Get started in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) field by learning the basics of emergency medicine. You will have the opportunity for clinical hands-on training in addition to classroom training.

AEMT – Take the next step in your EMS career with the Advanced EMT (AEMT) class at CWI. Add to your EMS skills and qualify to test for your national EMT certification.

Classes are available multiple times throughout the year.

All students must complete an orientation session which will occur on the first day of your scheduled class.

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The curriculum prepares the student to provide basic life support to sick and injured patients in the prehospital setting. They function as an integral part of the Emergency Medical System (EMS). The EMT classes at CWI provide the student with a rounded and well qualified foundation to enter the world of prehospital emergency medicine. Employment opportunities include local and regional ambulance services, fire departments, and third service ambulance agencies.

Why This Program

Experience counts in the world of emergency medicine. CWI’s EMT instructors are all experienced paramedics who started as EMTs with solid foundations and continued their medical training. CWI’s EMT program offers experienced EMS instructors certified by the State of Idaho Bureau of EMS and operating under the supervision of the Medical Director. We offer considerable expertise and instruction at a reasonable price.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Patient assessment
  • Airway management
  • Hemorrhage control
  • Management of fractures
  • Care of special injuries
  • Emergency childbirth
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Transportation of sick and injured
  • Radio communications
  • Advanced level anatomy and physiology
  • Acid-base balance
  • Advanced knowledge of shock and shock management
  • IV therapy and fluid resuscitation
  • IO administration
  • Emergency medication administration
  • Tracheal intubation
  • Continuous positive airway management
  • Special patient populations

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