Cerritos College Health Occupations - Emergency Medical Technician Program

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Cerritos College Health Occupations - Emergency Medical Technician Program

Due to budget issues, the EMT program WILL NOT be offered in the Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 semesters. Long Beach City College offers the Emergency Medical Technician program.

The concept of providing skilled care at an emergency scene and enroute to the hospital is one of the newest advances in total patient care.  The Emergency Medical Technician I is the beginning level of skill in providing such care.  You will be trained to respond to sudden illness or severe injuries, which could cause irreversible damage or death unless appropriate care is initiated as soon as possible.  You will also be prepared to provide safe transport for patients from one care setting to another. 

In California, an EMT-I certificate is required of all ambulance drivers. In addition, this certificate qualifies you to be an ambulance attendant, work in emergency rooms, and to be a “first responder” in industrial settings and clinics.  While the primary focus of the EMT-I role is pre-hospital care, there are other opportunities available for the certified EMT-I. It is a useful basis for other career roles such as paramedic, firefighter, physician’s assistant, or Registered Nurse.

The EMT program at Cerritos College is approved by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services Emergency Medical Services.  It provides all requirements for you to qualify for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician within the state of California by successfully completing an examination offered by Los Angeles County. 

The Cerritos College EMT program consists of a lecture course (HO 9) and clinical laboratory course (HO 9L).  You will attend 3 hours of lecture and 3 hours of on-campus lab each week and complete approximately 5 hours of arranged time each week in an emergency room and riding in an ambulance.  When you successfully meet the course requirements, you will be given a certificate of completion. 

Before you begin HO 9 and HO 9L, you will need to complete a Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Course. Current validation card from the American Heart Association that specifically states Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider will be the only card accepted. NOTE: No other CPR cards or training agencies will be accepted.  A list of providers is available in the Health Occupations Division Office.  When you are enrolled in HO 9 and HO 9L, you will be given a written test and a CPR skills test during the first week to confirm that you have the knowledge and skills necessary for safe practice in the emergency room and ambulance activities. 

You will also need to present proof, prior to clinical lab activities, of either a negative TB skin test or chest x-ray taken within the past 12 months.  Proof of immunization or proof of immunity for both rubella and varicella (chicken pox) is required.  Vaccination for hepatitis B is strongly encouraged, and may be required in some clinical placements. 

We welcome you to this exciting and useful career.  If you have any questions, please call 562-860-2451, extension 2550 or email the director, Russell Lo Bue, at rlobue@cerritos.edu, for further information.

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