Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) serve as first responders to persons with a medical emergency due to accident or illness. EMTs have knowledge and skills in non-invasive life support techniques. EMTs control bleeding, administer oxygen, splint fractures, bandage wounds, and use other measures to stabilize a patient for transport to a medical facility. EMT is the beginning level of EMS licensure and is often required for an individual to be hired by a fire department or an ambulance service.
An EMT Certificate may be completed in one semester. EMT classes are offered three times a year and students can select day or evening classes.
Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT)
Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians (AEMTs) serve as mid-level first responders to persons with a medical emergency due to accident or illness. AEMTs have the knowledge and skills in non-invasive life support techniques of the EMT along with some invasive techniques such placement of blind insertion airway devices, intravenous fluid administration, and some pharmacological therapies.
An AEMT certificate may be completed in one semester. AEMT classes are offered twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring during daytime classes.
Paramedics (NRPs) provide the highest level of pre-hospital care. Paramedics record and interpret EKG findings, treat cardiac arrest with defibrillation, reduce shock by intravenous fluid administration, provide ventilation and airway protection through endotracheal intubation and administer pharmacological therapies.
Calhoun offers either a Long Certificate or an Associate of Applied Science degree for paramedics. Once pre-requisite courses have been completed, the paramedic program is three consecutive semesters in length. A new daytime class of paramedic students begins each summer.
Paramedic Program Information Sessions
Information Sessions are conducted by EMS faculty from 4-5 PM in room 109 of the Health Sciences Building, Decatur campus. Reservations are not needed. Any persons interested in the program are welcome to attend.
Other courses offered by the EMS program:
- EMS 100 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
- EMS 106 Medical Terminology for Health Professions
- EMS 107 Emergency Vehicle Operator Ambulance
The CCC Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP).
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
25400 US Highway 19 North, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763
Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the EMS Professions
8301 Lakeview Parkway, Suite 111-312
Rowlett, TX 75088
The EMT, Advanced EMT, and Paramedic programs at Calhoun Community College meet the state education requirements for an EMT, Advanced EMT, and/or Paramedic license in the state of Alabama. Calhoun Community College has not determined if the EMT, Advanced EMT, and Paramedic programs at Calhoun Community College meet the state education requir ments in any other state, any U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia
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EMS Career Information
Paramedics work for fire departments and ambulance services but are also be employed at ski resorts, on cruise ships, on job sites such as oil rigs, in national parks and medical helicopters. The median annual wage for EMTs & Paramedics was $32,670 in May 2016*
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*U.S. DOL Bureau of Labor and Statistics