EMT registration begins July 20

Emergency Medical Responders (EMR) and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) are vital to the communities they serve. This is especially true in rural communities such as ours, where every minute counts and life-saving healthcare may be miles away.

Registration for EMT classes at Centralia College begins Wednesday, July 20.  Students must come to the Workforce office in the Technology Building beginning at 7:30 a.m. to turn in their packets (available on the EMS web page).  Students then go to registration, the cashier and bookstore to complete the enrollment process. Classes will tentatively begin on Tuesday, Sept. 6, and run through January. Classes will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, with some Saturday mornings. Class size is limited to 24 students.

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) conduct basic, noninvasive interventions to save lives, reduce harm at emergency sites and transport patients to the hospital when necessary. In many places, EMTs provide the majority of out-of-hospital care and are the most common type of providers in all of emergency medical services; however, don’t be fooled by the term ‘entry-level.’ During the five-month training as an EMT, students learn the essential skills needed for patient care in life-threatening situations. As one instructor recently put it, “Many paramedics, doctors, nurses, and firefighters use their EMT education and work experience as a stepping stone to their new career. You can’t learn and be good at advanced skills without having a solid foundation.”

For more information about the Centralia College EMT programs visit http://www.centralia.edu/academics/ems/index.html or contact McKenzie Williams at maowilliams@centralia.edu or 360-736-939, ext. 427.

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