They’re the frontline workers – the first to respond when someone is injured or sick. The ones who take control of an emergency situation, provide immediate care, calm fears and often block the door between life and death.
Emergency medical technicians may be members of a volunteer department, law enforcement, medical reserve corps volunteers or members of an industry response team.
EMTs conduct basic, noninvasive interventions to help save lives and reduce harm at emergency sites. They do everything a responder does, plus they have the skills needed to transport patients safely. In many places, EMTs provide the majority of out-of-hospital care.
Mid-Plains Community College is doing its part to help meet the rising demand. The college offers a two-semester EMT program that teaches students the basics of emergency care, such as how to check vital signs and how to assess, splint and transport patients. Successful completion qualifies students to take the EMT certifying exam administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.
Licensure is good for two years, then must be maintained through continuing education. MPCC offers EMT classes throughout its 18-county service area. High school seniors are eligible and encouraged to register for the EMT class. They may take the National Registry certification exams following course completion but must be 18 to receive their State license.
Employment opportunities include hospital emergency rooms, private ambulance services and salaried fire and emergency medical services departments. Emergency medical services and fire science are synonymous in some communities.
Fire Departments are one of the major employers of EMTs and a large number of our students are enrolled in both disciplines with a major emphasis in Emergency Medical Services. Many communities rely on volunteer EMTs to work with fire and emergency services departments in their areas.
The Mid Plains Community College EMS program does not offer job placement assistance.
• Ability to lift, carry, and balance up to 125 pounds
• Ability to speak, write, and understand the English language
• Ability to use good judgment and remain calm in high-stress situations
• Ability to work effectively in an environment with loud noises and flashing lights
• Ability to function efficiently throughout an entire work shift
• Ability to accurately discern street signs and address numbers
• Ability to interview patient, family members, and bystanders
Program Specific Fees
National Registry written exam - $80/attempt
National Registry skills exam - included with the class, but additional if taken elsewhere. Price varies based on location.