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Course Description


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 medical care.

Next course dates

Why choose us for this training?

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 next course.

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 follows.

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 situations

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:

  1. successfully pass the course (a grade of 70% or higher), including 100% attendance
  2. 18 years of age
  3. be able to read, understand & communicate in English
  4. be free from addiction to alcohol or any drug
  5. be able to lift and carry 125 pounds
  6. be free from any physical or mental defect or disease which might impair his/her ability to provide emergency care within the scope of the EMT-Basic's training and responsibilities, or which might jeopardize the health of another member of the class

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.

In Massachusetts the requirements are as follows:

  1. maintain a current CPR card at the BLS Healthcare Provider level (A.H.A) of Level C (Red Cross)
  2. attend 28 hours of continuing education
  3. take a 24 hour EMT-Basic refresher course
  4. file a recertification application and pay the recertification fee

Here at EMS Training Inc. we offer refresher courses a couple of times each
year. See EMT-B Course Information for specifics on dates and times for our next course.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Shaun E. Dean, by e-mail at sdean@emstraininginc.com, or by phone at 978-835-8695.

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