June 1, 2006
For those interested in becoming an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), there are upcoming EMT classes in Central Pennsylvania locations offered through the Senator John J. Shumaker Public Safety Center at HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College.

The EMT Basic Emergency Medical Technician course will be offered June 13 - August 10 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Adams, Dauphin, Lancaster and York Counties.

  • In Adams County, the course is scheduled at the Adams County Emergency Services Training Facility.
  • In Dauphin County, the course site will be the HACC Shumaker Public Safety Center.
  • The course will be offered in Lancaster County at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center.
  • In York County the course will be offered at York County Fire School.

Additional EMT programs have been scheduled in all these counties, as well as Lebanon County, with anticipated start dates in late summer or early fall.

An Emergency Medical Technician is a staff member of a basic life support ambulance providing routine and emergency care and transportation of the sick and injured. Many students also use the EMT training program to obtain entry level positions in healthcare, emergency rooms and into the private sector.

Upon successful completion of HACC's 140-hour program, participants should be able to perform a number of complex skills such as spinal immobilization, use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), assisting patients with medications, performing patient assessments, performing CPR, and taking vital signs.

Upon successful completion, students also will be eligible to test in PA Department of Health practical and written examinations. The certification exam is required to become an EMT in any healthcare setting or in the private sector.

The EMT class may be used as a free elective toward a HACC degree program, and students should consult their HACC counselor for more information.

In-state tuition is $125 and must be paid in full when registering. Registration and information may be obtained for this and other classes in many Central Pennsylvania counties by accessing HACC's Public Safety Center Emergency Medical Services Training Unit calendar at the link below and then click on Public Safety Center or by calling (717) 780-2510 or toll free at 1-800-222-4222, ext. 2510.

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