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Emergency Medical Technical Course Slated to begin January 9, 2018

Posted on November 21st, 2017 at 9:11 AM
Emergency Medical Technical Course Slated to begin January 9, 2018

EmergyCare is pleased to continue its history of providing the highest quality training available for individuals interested in a career in the emergency medical services field by offering a three month Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course at EmergyCare starting Tuesday, January 9, 2018 This program is an example of new training opportunities available to help get the unemployed back into the workforce by providing the education and skills required to administer basic pre-hospital emergency care.

Professional EMT and Paramedics are listed as High Priority Occupations across the state of Pennsylvania, according to the PA Department of Labor and Industry. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for EMT’s and Paramedics is projected to grow at the average job growth rate of 24% through the year 2024 which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The healthcare industry as a whole is expected to have an overall job growth rate of 25% through 2024, taking the top spot as the nation’s largest industry by the same year.

According to EmergyCare’s Executive Director, Bill Hagerty, “The demand for EMTs continues to be high. EmergyCare reviews EMT applications on a monthly basis. We look for people with excellent medical and personal skills who have a passion for our life-saving mission.”

The course will offer a general overview of anatomy and physiology, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR,) automatic external defibrillation and teach students how to assist patients with prescribed medication. Another facet of the course will focus on preparing the future EMT’s for pediatric emergencies, childbirth and guide them on how to properly lift and move patients. Additionally, the course at EmergyCare will instruct students how to assess injuries and illness, control bleeding and shock traumas and care for muscular and skeletal injuries.

When students successfully complete the course they are eligible to sit for the Pennsylvania State practical skills evaluation and written examination. Those who pass both portions of the exam will receive certification as an EMT through the PA Department of Health.

New for 2018 – Class participants who successfully pass all certification exams are eligible to have their course tuition refunded when they work for EmergyCare for a minimum of 6 months.

The Emergency Technician Course Details
The class runs from January 9 to May 8, 2018. The course is held at EmergyCare’s facility at 1926 Peach Street on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 10 p.m. and every other Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration must be completed and turned into EmergyCare by noon on January 3, 2018.

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For additional information about the course, please contact Jim Kifer, Education Coordinator at (814)870-1940,

About EmergyCare
EmergyCare is the largest nonprofit ambulance service in Pennsylvania providing comprehensive pre-hospital and medical transportation services for the half-million residents in its seven county service area. In addition to emergency ambulance response, services include non-emergency wheelchair and medical taxi transport, and community ambulance stand-bys. In order to fulfill the mission to provide life saving pre-hospital care and connect people and communities to the healthcare system, EmergyCare maintains a complement of over 300 employees, 72 vehicles and 12 stations to cover the 5,622 square miles of response area and the nearly 65,000 requests for service received each year.