Emergency Medical Technician – Basic
(4 year certification)
The Emergency Medical Technician Basic course is designed to provide training to prepare an individual to function independently in a medical emergency. This course provides the basic knowledge and skills needed to provide basic life support (BLS) care and is required to progress to more advanced levels of pre-hospital patient care.
The course requires a minimum of 111 hours of classroom and skills instruction and 10 hours of Clinical/Field rotations for a total of 121 hours of training. Virginia Certification requires successful completion of a written and practical skills examination. This course is designed to train individuals to serve as a vital link in the chain of the health care team. This includes all skills necessary to provide emergency medical care as an attendant-in-charge with a basic life support ambulance service or other specialized rescue service.
Upon successfully completion of the training program, the student will be capable of performing the following functions:
- Recognize the nature and seriousness of the patient’s condition or extent of injury to assess requirements for emergency care.
- Administer appropriate emergency care to stabilize the patient’s condition.
- Lift, move, position and otherwise handle the patient in a way as to minimize discomfort and further injury.
*Available Virginia Campuses and On-line Only
Program Outcomes: Graduates of our EMS programs will be able to demonstrate effective skills and techniques as a Medical Responder or Emergency Medical Technicians.
Program Length: 18 Weeks