Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
So, you want to be an EMT. Do you know what an EMT does? To find out what an EMT does, click on the following link: http://www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/ems/pdf/srgcertification.pdf
. Here you will find the general requirements for both CFR and EMT-B. Further down the page, you will find the actual requirements for EMT-B (skip the middle section concerning CFR).
To become a certified EMT, you must be 18 by the end of the month in which you will take the test (typically June of the current year). If you won't be 18 by the end of June, you can either take the EMT exam in August (if you meet the age requirement), or you can become a Certified First Responder. To find out what a CFR does, click on the following link:
This course is college-level. Upon successful completion, you have the opportunity to receive 7 college credits for little or no cost. You need to realize that a typical community college course is $150/credit hour - this means that you are getting 7 credit hours for free when a typical college student would pay $1050. Most colleges will accept this credit as elective credit. See me or contact Deb Schmidt at Erie Community College for further information regarding this.
Since this course is college-level, you will be asked to sign a contract (EMT Contract
). This contract must be stricty adhered to by all parties involved in the class (teacher, parents, students, high school and ECC). Please do not ask for any exceptions to the contract because it puts all parties involved in a very awkward position.
I have included in this website a calendar of what our year will look like. You must realize that when viewing this calendar (2008-2009 EMT Calendar
) we will do our best to stick to it, but with unexpected snow days, field trips, etc... it may have to be slightly altered. Take special notice that at the end of the May, you are required to remain after school to complete your practical testing (you may take the 5pm bus home). Also, you must realize that your final written exam (for CFR or EMT testing in June) for NYS is currently scheduled for June 18, 2009 from 7pm-10pm (you must provide your own transportation). If you are testing in August (applies to those of you who will be turning 18 sometime in July or August), you will be testing on August 20, 2009 from 7pm-10pm (you must provide your own transportation and the site will be announced).