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Emergency Medical Technician Training

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As part of the Health Sciences program in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP), students can take two Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) courses to become eligible to sit for the national certification exam.

Students take the first course in the fall semester and the second course in the spring semester. In addition to gaining the skills to become a certified EMT, the courses are an excellent way to gain clinical experience before applying to physician assistant or medical school programs.

About the Program

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The courses to complete the EMT training are:

HS 451 - Emergency Medical Technician I - 4 credits

This course is the first of a two-course sequence that will prepare students to provide pre-hospital assessment and care for patients of all ages with a variety of medical conditions and traumatic injuries. Areas of study include an introduction to the emergency medical service systems, roles and responsibilities of emergency medical technicians, anatomy and physiology for pre-hospital providers, medical legal and ethical issues in EMS, documentation of patient assessments and interventions, critical thinking, leadership on emergency scenes, and understanding how science based medicine applies to pre-hospital emergency medicine. 

Prerequisite(s): HS 111, HS 141P, or permission of instructor.

UHart EMS Team

The University of Hartford is exploring the possibility of re-establishing a student-run emergency medical service first responder program. The program would be run by students who are either certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) or in training to be EMTs, and will be supervised by qualified UHart staff, further overseen by a St. Francis Hospital medical director. See the UNotes story for details.

HS 452 - Emergency Medical Technician II - 4 credits

This course is the second of two courses that will prepare students to provide prehospital assessment and care for patients of all ages with a variety of medical conditions and traumatic injuries. Areas of study include leadership on emergency scenes and EMS operations; recognizing and managing scenes where hazardous materials may be present; sizing-up and triaging emergency patients during mass-casualty incidents; responding to incidents of terrorism; emergency vehicle operations.

Prerequisite(s): HS 451.

At the completion of  HS 451 and HS 452, students will have met the initial requirements for state of Connecticut and national certifications as an Emergency Medical Technician.  

See the full course descriptions in the Course Catalog.

Program Contact

Claudia Oakes, PhD, OTR/L
Associate Professor
Department of Health Sciences

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