LP Research Resources September 30, 2016

Accelerated EMT Courses – an Overview

Emergency Medical Technicians have an important role in the healthcare process and emergency situations. These trained experts are often the first people to arrive at a medical emergency situation. First aid is rendered immediately. Often times patient’s lives depend on these professionals since the EMS first responders will be the ones providing help before a patient goes to a medical or healthcare facility to get further treatment.

To attend an accelerated paramedic school or partake in accelerated courses, a student must be a high school graduate. Though there are many courses, such as AP classes, an individual can begin while still attending high school. The types of accelerated courses can vary, some may be more specific or advanced compared to another. The time to complete the coursework varies based on the state and programs. Nonetheless, the basics of EMT training programs usually consist of the same basic courses and requirements.

EMT-Basic Course

During this course students will learn specific aspects of symptom recognition, healthcare techniques and practices. With the EMT Basic course it’s expected that EMTs have a quick response when they first arrive on scene. All symptoms must be quickly identified and instant action taken to stabilize the patient. The EMT-Basic course consists of detailed instruction on how to conduct physical examinations, giving oxygen and medication, coping with broken bones, using semi-automatic defibrillation, and airway maintenance. They can also deal with emergency childbirth, as well as severe bleeding. An accelerate EMT B program will take 120 hours, often condensed into 3 hours per day during 2 months.

EMT-Intermediate Course

An EMT Intermediate training course gives basic healthcare training in addition to some more advanced emergency care skills and methods. An intermediate student will be able to perform administration of intravenous fluids, use advance airway strategies, and advanced equipment training. In addition this instruction will teach students to care for patients in a variety of trauma situations, including the use of a manual defibrillator. An accelerated EMT-I course usually takes about eighty hours and includes a review of EMT basic skills.

Advanced Paramedic Course

Based on the state, an advanced EMT might or might not be considered a paramedic. Some states consider it an intermediate level between the EMT Intermediate and Paramedic course; others consider it a Paramedic. An EMT Advanced or Paramedic course trains the students to help in the most advanced health care circumstances. With this course EMTs have the ability to execute the following actions and skills:

* Trauma Assessment
* Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
* Bleeding Control
* Dressing and Bandaging
* Splinting
* Endotracheal Intubation
* Pharmacology
* Electrocardiology (ECG or EKG)
* Intravenous Cannulation (IV)
* Spinal Immobilization
* Defibrillation

An accelerated paramedic courses can require as much as 140 hours, but it may vary from state to state.

Emergency Medical Technicians have an important role in the healthcare process and emergency situations. These trained experts are often the first people to arrive at a medical emergency situation. First aid is rendered immediately. Often times patient’s lives depend on these professionals since the EMS first responders will be the ones providing help before a patient goes to a medical or healthcare facility to get further treatment.

Additional information

To attend an accelerated program or partake in accelerated courses, a student must be a high school graduate. Though there are many courses, such as AP classes, an individual can begin while still attending high school. The types of accelerated courses can vary; some may be more specific or even advanced compared to another. The time needed to complete the coursework often varies and can be based on the state and programs. Nonetheless, the basics of each the EMS programs usually consist of the same basic courses and requirements.

Despite the fact that accelerated EMS courses may be finished in a short period of time, they’re very challenging, and involve a great deal of instruction and course work in both theory and practice. Being able to help patients in an emergency situation takes a lot of medical skills, training and knowledge. Be certain you explore the courses or program you are considering to be sure it will train you to perform emergency medical skills with the expertise required.