This course is the required course for
any person seeking to become a state certified Emergency Medical
Technician - Basic (EMT-B). The course is based on the Department
of Transportation's (DOT) 1994 EMT-Basic curriculum. This course
has been developed for individuals who desire to perform emergency
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The course must be taught by a state of
Massachusetts approved EMT- Basic Instructor-Coordinator. This
course is a minimum of 110 hours in length and consists of both
lecture and practical sessions. See EMT-B
Course Information for specifics on dates and times for our
The material covered in this course is
divided into 7 modules. They are: Preparatory, Airway Management,
Patient Assessment, Medical Emergencies, Trauma Emergencies, Infants
and Children and Operations. A brief description of each module
Module 1 - Preparatory
Topics covered in this module are: EMS systems, the role of the
EMT-Basic, the safety and well-being of the EMT-Basic, legal and
ethical issues, basic anatomy and physiology, techniques of lifting
and moving patients.
Module 2 - Airway Management
Topics covered in this module are: airway anatomy, airway management
techniques, oxygen and oxygen equipment
Module 3 - Patient Assessment
Topics covered in this module are: assessment of the medical and
trauma patients, vital sign assessment, taking a patient history,
documentation, and communication
Module 4 - Medical Emergencies
Topics covered in this module are: pharmacology, respiratory,
cardiac, diabetic, allergy, poisoning and overdose, environmental,
behavioral and obstetrical / gynecological emergencies
Module 5 - Trauma Emergencies
Topics covered in this module are: bleeding and shock, soft tissue
and musculoskeletal injuries, injuries to the head, neck, spine,
chest and abdomen.
Module 6 - Infants & Children
Topics covered in this module are: physical and physiological
differences between adult and pediatric patients, pediatric medical
and trauma emergencies
Module 7 - Operations
Topics covered in this module are: ambulance operations, rescue
and extrication, multiple patient situations, hazardous materials
At the conclusion of each module there
are written exams and when appropriate practical exams. There
is also a final written and final practical exam for the course.
A passing grade is 70% or higher.
Students must have a current
CPR certification at the level of BLS Healthcare Provider (A.H.A)
or Level C (Red Cross). No other prior medical experience or training
is required of the course applicant. We will usually run a CPR
course prior to the start of the EMT-Basic course for those students
who do not yet have the current certification.
This course does not certify students
as an EMT-Basic at the completion of the course. Only a state
agency may do so. Successful completion of the course will allow
the student to be considered eligible to take the certifying exams.
In order for the student to be eligible to take the state certifying
exam at the end of the course, the student must:
The state certifying exam has 2 parts.
The first part to be taken is the
practical exam. The practical exam consists of 4 practical stations.
They are Patient Assessment, CPR and AED (defibrillation), Splinting,
and Immobilization. This date is usually determined by OEMS, and
the instructor will let the students know when the exam will be.
The second part of the exam process is
the written exam. The written exam is a 100 question multiple
choice exam, that is taken by computer at a testing site. There
are currently 5 testing sites in Massachusetts. The student will
contact the testing company to arrange a date to take the written.
You must pass the practical exam before you are allowed to take
the written exam.
There are fees associated with both the
written and practical certifying exams.
Once the student has passed both the written
and practical certifying
exams, they will be a certified EMT-Basic. In order to maintain
their certification the EMT-Basic must complete all recertification
requirements with in 2 years.