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Emergency Medical Services
The Emergency Medical Services programs at Las Positas College prepares an individual to work primarily as prehospital care providers. Our education programs offers the wide spectrum of courses for those people looking for a career or simply wishing to volunteer time and service to their communities. We are offer courses at the emergency medical responder (EMR), emergency medical technician (EMT), and paramedic level of training so graduates can work for ambulance services, fire departments, law enforcement agencies, and healthcare providers.
At the EMT level, coursework emphasizes emergency skills, such as managing respiratory, trauma, and cardiac emergencies, focusing on patient assessment. Formal courses are combined with time in an emergency room and/or ambulance. The program provides instruction and practice in dealing with bleeding, fractures, airway obstruction, cardiac arrest, and emergency childbirth. Students learn how to use and maintain common emergency equipment, such as backboards, suction devices, splints, oxygen delivery systems, and stretchers. Graduates of approved EMT training programs must pass a written and practical examination administered by National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). The NREMT practical exam is offered as part of EMS 20.
The Paramedic provides advanced life support care to patients who are ill and/or injured. They transport and transfer patients and assess the extent of an illness or injury to establish and prioritize medical procedures to follow. Paramedics apply artificial respiration or administer oxygen in cases of suffocation and asphyxiation. They dispense medications to treat acute illness and manage pain, start and administer intravenous fluids, and perform other emergency medical procedures during the ambulance ride. Educational requirements include a minimum of a high school diploma, registration with the NREMT, and licensing by State EMS Authority. Paramedics must also be CPR certified and familiar with the practices and procedures within the county in which they are employed.
Passing the California Paramedic Licensing examination administered by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians is required at the conclusion of the program in order to work in California as a paramedic.
EMS Programs Educator / Coordinator
Pass/Fail data provided by National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT).