Emergency needs of patients is becoming more complex and demanding on Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT). Emergencies, such as car crashes, natural disasters, and acts of violence, as well as the needs of the elderly, will continue to create demands for EMT’s and paramedics.The EMT provides basic life support, including: patient assessment; airway management; use of the automatic defibrillator, and; assisting patients with taking some of their own medication. Additionally, the EMT must understand all applicable legal, moral and ethical issues surrounding emergency medical service. An EMS Professions Diploma will give the technician a much broader and comprehensive knowledge and skills, which will greatly improve the kind of life support that he/she can give a patient. Very often, a patient’s life or death can become a function of the EMT’s knowledge and skills.
The primary focus of the Advanced Emergency Medical Technician is to provide basic and limited advanced emergency medical care and transportation for critical and emergent patients who access the emergency medical system. This individual possesses the basic knowledge and skills necessary to provide patient care and transportation. Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians function as part of a comprehensive EMS response, under medical oversight. Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians perform interventions with the basic and advanced equipment typically found on an ambulance. The Advanced Emergency Medical Technician is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system.
Successful completion of the program allows the graduate to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians AEMT certification examination and to apply for Georgia licensure as an AEMT. Criminal background checks anddrug screens may be required based on the requirements for participation in clinical experiences.
Minimum Program Length: 4 Semesters
Estimated Program Cost: $ $6,369
Entrance RequirementsAdmissions Requirements
- Must be 18 years of age.
- Completion of high school diploma or GED and submission of official transcript required to apply.
- Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math.
- Transfer of previous post-secondary credits will be determined by the Registrar.
- Criminal background checks and drug screens may be required based on the requirements for participation in clinical courses.
Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate.
At a Glance
Contact: Helen “Cookie” Burhalter, Program Director
Contact: Terrance Kerney, EMS Clinical Coordinator
This student success course is designed to transition, connect, and acclimate new students to Atlanta Technical College. The course creates an awareness of various campus resources and holistic skill sets necessary to achieve educational and career success. Through the nurturing of academic, personal, social, occupational, and technological talents, students develop the academic and professional skills necessary to be successful in college and the global community.