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Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics care 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.

EMT (Semester Class)

Upon successful completion of coursework and final examinations, students will receive an EMT-1 Course Completion Certificate from Simi Institute and will be eligible to take the computerized National Registry Exam to be a California EMT-1. Live Scan (fingerprinting) and current immunizations are required prior to clinical experience.

Note: A CPR class will be offered for EMT students needing to obtain a CPR card. BLS-CPR certification must be obtained prior to clinical ride-alongs.

Spring 2024

Classroom Dates: January 16 - June 8, 2024

Clinical Ride-Along Dates: TBD

Days: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

Time: T, Th: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm; Sat: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Room: 508

NCCRS Credits: 6

Fee: $1,185, includes EMT polo shirt, clinical ride-alongs & textbooks. (Students must provide their own required shoes, pants, and belt. Live Scan fingerprinting and current immunizations are required prior to clinical ride-alongs.)

Prerequisites: Valid CPR card: "Basic Life Support (BLS)  CPR & AED Training for Healthcare Professionals" card from the American Heart Association; or "CPR for the Professional Rescuer" card from the American Red Cross, prior to clinical ride-alongs. See bottom of page for medical, clinical, and licensure requirements.

A background check may be required for externships, clinicals and licensing, certification or registration with the appropriate governing board.

EMT Accelerated

Upon successful completion of coursework and final examinations, students will receive an EMT-1 Course Completion Certificate from Simi Institute and will be eligible to take the computerized National Registry Exam to be a California EMT-1. Live Scan (fingerprinting) and current immunizations are required prior to clinical experience.

Spring 2024

Classroom Dates: February 12 - March 23, 2024

Clinical Ride-Along Dates: TBD

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

Time: M, T, W: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm; Fri: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm; Sat: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

NCCRS Credits: 6

Fee: $1,185, includes EMT polo shirt, clinical ride-alongs & textbooks. (Students must provide their own required shoes, pants, and belt. Live Scan fingerprinting and current immunizations are required prior to clinical ride-alongs.)

Prerequisite: Valid CPR card: "Basic Life Support (BLS)  CPR & AED Training for Healthcare Professionals" card from the American Heart Association; or "CPR for the Professional Rescuer" card from the American Red Cross, prior to clinical ride-alongs. See bottom of page for medical, clinical, and licensure requirements.

A background check may be required for externships, clinicals and licensing, certification or registration with the appropriate governing board.

ENROLL

EMT Refresher

This four-day class meets the 32-hour classroom refresher requirement and the skills refresher requirement for the State of California and its Counties, as well as portions of the National Registry’s reregistration requirements for Emergency Medical Technician Basics. 

There may be additional requirements to be eligible for recertification or reregistration if your certification has lapsed depending on the County and State of your certification.

Note: Skills completion certificates are only valid for 12 months or as allowed by the ruling regulatory agency or authority. All students must bring a copy of their current or most recent EMT certification card and a current Healthcare providers level CPR card to the class for the instructor.

Spring 2024

Dates: April 10 - April 13, 2024

Days: Wednesday - Saturday

Time: W - Fri: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, Sat: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Room: 508

Fee: $325. Additional fees for recertification and reregistration may apply.

Prerequisite: Valid CPR card: "Basic Life Support (BLS)  CPR & AED Training for Healthcare Professionals" card from the American Heart Association; or "CPR for the Professional Rescuer" card from the American Red Cross, prior to first day of class. All students must bring a copy of their current or most recent EMT-1 certification card (expired no more than 30 days) on the first day of class. See bottom of page for medical, clinical, and licensure requirements.

A background check may be required for externships, clinicals and licensing, certification or registration with the appropriate governing board.

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EMT Skills Only

Students interested in skills testing only may enroll for EMT Skills Only which will take place on the last day of the refresher. Skills practice will be at the discretion of the instructor. If offered, it may be the same day prior to testing. Please check with the school for availability.

Spring 2024

Date: April 2024

Days: Saturday

Time: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Room: 508

Fee: $75

Prerequisite: Valid CPR card: "Basic Life Support (BLS)  CPR & AED Training for Healthcare Professionals" card from the American Heart Association; or "CPR for the Professional Rescuer" card from the American Red Cross, prior to the first day of class. All students must bring a copy of their current or most recent EMT-1 certification card (expired no more than 30 days) on the first day of class. Per the requirements of our clinical site partners, all EMT students are required to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination(s) prior to beginning any externship. No exceptions will be made. See bottom of page for medical, clinical, and licensure requirements.

A background check may be required for externships, clinicals and licensing, certification or registration with the appropriate governing board.

ENROLL


Medical Program Requirements

All SICE medical courses include required textbooks, supplies, and uniforms (unless otherwise noted). Students in all SICE medical programs should be 18 years or older, and speak, read, and write at a minimum 10th grade level.

Clinical Requirements

A Social Security or tax ID number, background check, medical exam, vaccinations (including current flu shot), drug screening, government-issued picture ID, N95 mask fitting, CPR, TB test, and Fire Card (for Los Angeles if applicable) are mandatory for those SICE medical programs that require clinical externships at partner facilities. Other clinical requirements may exist. Clinical externships included in SICE medical programs are unpaid educational experiences.

Licensing Requirements

In addition to program completion and clinical requirements, proof of U.S. High School diploma or equivalent, passing licensure exam score, and additional items may be required for licensure in California. 

Types of EMTs

The EMT (or EMT-I) represents the first component of the emergency medical technician system.  An EMT trained at this level cares for patients at the scene of an accident and while transporting patients by ambulance to the hospital under medical direction.  The EMT-Basic has the emergency skills to assess a patient’s condition and manage respiratory, cardiac, and trauma emergencies.  They help the emergency room staff do pre-admittance treatment and obtain medical histories.

The EMT- Advanced (or EMT-II) has more advanced training.  In addition to basic duties, they may insert intravenous catheters, administer intravenous glucose solutions or a limited number of drugs, and obtain blood samples for laboratory analysis. In certain emergencies, EMT-IIs may be approved to perform advanced life support procedures.

The EMT-Paramedics provide the most extensive pre-hospital care.  In addition to carrying out the procedures of the other levels,  Paramedics may administer drugs orally and intravenously, insert breathing-aid devices, use stomach suction equipment, interpret electrocardiograms, and use monitors and other complex equipment.

Important Qualities To Have

Compassion. EMTs and paramedics must be able to provide emotional support to patients in an emergency, especially patients who are in life-threatening situations or extreme mental distress.

Interpersonal skills. EMTs and paramedics usually work on teams and must be able to coordinate their activities closely with others in stressful situations.

Listening skills. EMTs and paramedics need to listen to patients to determine the extent of their injuries or illnesses.

Physical strength. EMTs and paramedics need to be physically fit. Their job requires a lot of bending, lifting, and kneeling.

Problem-solving skills. EMTs and paramedics must evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer appropriate treatments.

Speaking skills. EMTs and paramedics need to clearly explain procedures to patients, give orders, and relay information to others.

NCCRS College Credit Recommendations

More than 1,500 cooperating colleges and universities (including most California Community Colleges and Cal State Universities) will consider granting college credit based on NCCRS credit recommendations. Additional colleges may also award college units for SICE Medical Career Courses. 

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