EMT Course Offered This Summer at GCC; Class Begins May 20

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Gateway Community College (GCC) is offering an Emergency Medical Technician course this summer with a schedule ideally suited to college students home for the summer, recently discharged veterans interested in EMT certification, and those who want to become firefighters, police officers and paramedics.

The course runs from May 20 to August 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays. Cost is $1050.

Gateway is offering the course at a time when the need for well-trained EMTs continues to rise. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment rate for EMTs is expected to grow by 33 percent through 2020, far outpacing many other occupations.

“The EMT course gives a person the tools needed to manage an emergency with confidence,” said Joel Demers, the GREAT Center’s Emergency Medical Services director. He encouraged college students currently in nursing or physician assistant programs and students going on to medical school to consider taking the course as it provides the training and contact hours they need as prerequisites.

The course includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training as well as a hospital and field internship. Students take part in extensive classroom and practical instruction in all types of basic life support emergency care and they have ample opportunities to practice their skills on Gateway’s state-of-the-art equipment. Emphasis is placed on pediatric emergencies, disaster management and pre-hospital life support.

Students will intern in Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Trauma Center and ride along with a local ambulance service. Students successfully completing the course qualify to take the exams to become nationally and state certified. Once students pass the national certification exam, Demers said, “They can work as an EMT anywhere in the entire country.” 

Demers brings 19 years of experience as an EMT and paramedic to the classroom. “I appreciate the opportunity to help new EMTs become compassionate healthcare professionals who can provide quality care and progress in the medical field," Demers said.

To register or for more information, contact Erika Lynch at 203-285-2302.