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Emergency Medical Technician

An EMT student sets a student's leg during a demonstration in the EMT lab.

The Emergency Medical Technician designation, or EMT, is an entry level classification and the initial step to becoming an advanced EMT, paramedic, or registered nurse. EMTs are often the first responders in the event of medical or trauma emergencies. EMTs can also aid in transportation of the sick and injured from one healthcare facility to another. Compassion, communication skills, calm demeanor and the ability to work under pressure are all key traits for Emergency Medical Technicians.

Health Occupations

In the Health Occupations program, students will learn core skills essential to a successful career in the health field and will be introduced to three exciting pathways:

Emergency Medical Technician

Medical Assisting

Nurse Assisting

During their junior year, students will complete a six week rotation with each of the three healthcare instructors, learning the basics of each area. At the end of the first semester as juniors, students will be able to choose, based on various criteria, their specialty area of concentration for the remainder of their junior year and their senior year. They will earn additional certifications and college credits.

Emergency Medical Technician

An EMT student poses with equipment in the program lab.

This course offers students training in advanced first aid, medication administration, and patient assessment skills in a laboratory setting. EMT students will also be exposed to real life experiences at Springfield Regional Medical Center, Springfield Fire Department, and local private ambulance services.


Ashley Harwood

Career Technical Education, Emergency Medical Technician