This major is a program that prepares individuals, under the remote supervision of physicians, to recognize, assess, and manage medical emergencies in prehospital settings and to supervise Ambulance personnel.
Includes instruction in basic, intermediate, and advanced EMT procedures; emergency surgical procedures; medical triage; rescue operations; crisis scene management and personnel supervision; equipment operation and maintenance; patient stabilization, monitoring, and care; drug administration; identification and preliminary diagnosis of diseases and injuries; communication and computer operations; basic anatomy, physiology, pathology, and toxicology; and professional standards and regulations.
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What can you do with a major/degree in Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Major?
An EMT/Paramedic cares for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care provided by these workers. EMTs and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities.
Job opportunities as an EMT or paramedic are very likely in the future as this career subsector is expected to see a six percent (6%) growth 2019-2029.
Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics typically complete a postsecondary educational program. All states require EMTs and paramedics to be licensed; requirements vary by state.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians
- National Association of State EMS Officials
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Office of Emergency Medical Services
Publications/Magazines in Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) Major