Emergency Medical Technician Certificate: Non-Credit (0002)
Do you have good critical thinking, judgment and decision-making skills? Do you have an interest in helping people and want to receive emergency medical training?
Academically YOURS, our Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Program will give you the knowledge and skills to provide basic pre-hospital emergency care for sick and injured patients.
What can I do with this in the workforce?
Emergency medical technicians are employable by both public and private organizations such as:
- Ambulance companies
- Fire departments
- Healthcare organizations
- Recreational and industrial settings
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What is HACC’s program like?
This 220-hour program serves as the foundation for emergency medical services, teaching you the overall roles and responsibilities of an EMT. The program prepares you to:
- Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
- Control external hemorrhage
- Determine the most appropriate method to transport patients to the emergency department
- Identify and treat shock
- Manage various medical emergencies, which may include: pediatric, environmental, diabetic, heart attack, stroke, seizure and breathing difficulty
- Perform automated external defibrillation
- Provide care of musculoskeletal injuries
- Properly lift and move patients
- Rapidly assess injuries and illnesses
- Rapidly assess the scene for hazards
Future students must meet the following criteria to enroll in the program.
- Candidates must be at least 16 years of age on the first day of class.
- It is not a requirement of the HACC certification program to have a GED or a high school diploma; however, some employers require it upon hiring EMT-certified personnel.
- Reading and writing skills must be at, or above, a ninth grade level.
- You must be able to lift, carry and balance a minimum of 125 pounds equally distributed (250 pounds with assistance), at a height of 33 inches and for a distance of 10 feet.
- Academic and attendance requirements must be met for successful program completion.
Also, all future students should reference HACC’s Prohibitive Offense Policy to determine their eligibility for the EMT program.
After completion of this program, you may attend a Pennsylvania Department of Health/National Registry of EMT’s psychomotor exam and the National Registry of EMT’s cognitive exam, which will result in EMT certification through both of these agencies.
The EMT program may be used as a free elective toward specific associate degree programs at HACC.
What classes will I take?
We encourage you to:
- View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
- Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
Can I transfer my credits to a four-year college or university?
Upon completing your certificate, you can continue your education and earn an associate degree at HACC! Our healthcare programs, among others, may be of interest.
When you complete your associate degree, you can transfer your credits to a four-year school if you wish.
Where can I complete this program?
When can I apply?
You can complete spring, summer and fall classes at HACC and apply based on the class schedule.
Does HACC offer scholarships?
Yes! Through the HACC Foundation, there are scholarships available. Please visit hacc.edu/scholarships for details and deadlines.
How can I learn more?
We are passionate about providing a high-quality education and an opportunity for you to pursue your goals. Please contact Mike Tonkay, EMS training coordinator at 717-780-1969.