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Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are the link from the scene to the emergency health care system. EMTs provide basic emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. EMTs are trained in patient assessment, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, management of medical and trauma patients, medication administration, as well as safe and effective EMS operations.
The reasons for becoming an EMT are as varied as the people that come into this field. Some become EMTs to learn the skills to help their families and neighborhoods in the event of a disaster. Some use their EMT training to advance their education to become paramedics or enter other medical fields. Whatever your reasons, know that this is a dynamic, challenging, and demanding profession. EMS professionals must have passion, dedication, compassion. Being an EMT is not for everyone, but for those that answer the call, it can be a life-long passion!
The EMT program prepares students for careers as EMTs through a combination of lecture, lab, simulation, and field rotations. Upon completion of the EMT Program, graduates will be eligible to take the National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) certification exams, which is required for state EMT licensure.
Please refer to the Emergency Medical Technician Course Curriculum Sheet for course detail.
There are 2 pathways for students to seek EMT certification at MassBay. Both options allow a successful graduate to earn NREMT certification. Contact the Program Director to discuss the best option for you!
EMTs primarily work on ambulances providing emergent and non-emergent patient care at private, municipal, or fire service based EMS agencies. They may also work in Emergency Departments, in industrial settings, as well as in education, sports teams, and volunteer groups.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics:EMTs primarily work on ambulances providing emergent and non-emergent patient care at private, municipal, or fire service based EMS agencies. They may also work in Emergency Departments, in industrial settings, as well as in education, sports teams, and volunteer groups.
Growth in the middle-aged and elderly population will lead to an increase in the number of age-related health emergencies, such as heart attacks or strokes. This, in turn, will create greater demand for EMTs and paramedic services. An increase in the number of specialized medical facilities will require more EMTs and paramedics to transfer patients with specific conditions to these facilities for treatment.
Students who successfully complete the MassBay EMS Education program will be eligible:
The EMT and Paramedicine Programs are accredited by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS).
Office of Emergency Medical Services99 Chauncy Street11th FloorBoston, Massachusetts 02111Telephone: (617) 753-7300Fax: (617) 753-7320