DIXON – Emergency medical technician training soon will be available at Sauk Valley Community College.
Sauk plans to offer the new basic training course in the fall to train police, fire, rescue personnel and others wanting to learn the techniques of pre-hospital emergency care.
Students will gain the knowledge and skills to provide basic emergency medical assistance, including patient assessment, airway management, splinting, and other emergency interventions.
The curriculum, developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation, prepares students for the national and state certification examinations. The program is in collaboration with Mercyhealth, and classes begin Aug. 19.
Job demand for EMTs and paramedics across the nation is expected to grow 15 percent – around 37,400 jobs – by 2026, much faster than average job growth, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The course includes 184-plus hours of classroom training, clinical experience, and field experience as well as lecture, online and lab settings. Students will complete 16 hours of clinical training with at least 10 hours of patient contact hours outside of the schedule class time.
Those interested must be at least 18, have a high school diploma or GED, and be able to handle items and patients weighing at least 125 pounds. Qualifications include having good physical stamina, endurance, and body conditions to handle significant lifting, stooping and walking.