Emergency Medical Technician Course

Course Structure and Content

Taught over 14 days of contact and with reading assignments and practical exercises to do between classroom episodes, this intensive modular course is designed to provide you with all of the knowledge and skills necessary to work competently as a professional EMT.

Each two day module covers a different aspect of EMT practice and teaching includes didactic lecture-style presentations as well as small group workshops to develop practical skills and scenario-based training to put knowledge and skills into practice. For each module, you will receive a module workbook with reading assignments, tasks and practical exercises to be completed before or after the face-to-face teaching. At the start of the course, you will also receive an Assessment Logbook which will contain all of your formative and summative assessments so that you can learn from errors and develop your skills throughout the course.

Course instructors include doctors, paramedics, advanced medics and advanced practitioners in pre-hospital and emergency care. All of the course faculty are currently practicing and hold advanced qualifications in pre-hospital medicine.

The course culminates with a consolidation and assessment phase including a final written examination and practical assessments covering all of the key knowledge and skills taught and practiced on the course. Successful completion of the course leads to the award of the Remote Medic UK EMT Certificate as well as a number of other certifications.


Module 1 - Anatomy and Physiology for EMT Practice

Introduction to EMT practice
Understanding anatomical structure
Structure and function of the circulatory system
Structure and function of the respiratory system
Structure and function of the nervous system
The special senses
Structure and function of the endocrine system
Structure and function of the renal system
Structure and function of the genitourinary system
Structure and function of the gastrointestinal system
Structure and function of the skeletal system
Structure and function of the muscular system
Basics of human movement mechanics

 

Module 3 - Emergency Care and Resuscitation

Principles of emergency care
Emergency airway management
Treatment and management of breathing emergencies
Treatment and management of circulatory emergencies
Recognition and management of arrhythmias

Management of seizures
Treatment and management of metabolic emergencies
Management of heat- and cold-related emergencies
Recognition and management of peri-arrest rhythms
Cardiac arrest and adult immediate life support

 

Module 5 - Paediatric and Obstetric Care

Paediatric assessment
Medical emergencies in children
Trauma management in children
Toxic emergencies in children
Paediatric immediate life support
Care of the pregnant patient
Emergency childbirth
Care of the neonate and newborn resuscitation
Management of children with special healthcare needs
Death of a child/sudden infant death
Child protection and non-accidental injury
Medicolegal and ethical issues
Transport considerations for children

 

Module 7 - Consolidation and Assessment

Review and revision of knowledge and skills
Final theory examination
Adult medical assessment
Adult trauma assessment
Paediatric medical assessment
Paediatric trauma assessment
Adult immediate life support assessment
Paediatric immediate life support assessment

Module 2 - Pathophysiology and Patient Assessment

Causes and mechanisms of disease
Diseases and disorders of the circulatory system
Diseases of the respiratory system
Diseases and disorders of the nervous system
Inflammation, wound healing and soft tissue injury
Infection and immunity
History taking and communication skills
Examination skills and patient assessment
Primary and secondary survey
ECG recording and basic interpretation
Recording observations

 

Module 4 - Trauma Care and Minor Injuries

Scene saftey
Kinematics and mechanisms of injury
Trauma survey
Airway and chest injuries
Head and spinal injuries
Spinal immobilisation
Abdominal and pelvic injuries
Assessment and management of burns
Ballistic and penetrating injuries
Managemnet of fractures and dislocations
Use of splints and other immobilisation equipment
Assessment and management of soft-tissue injuries
Methods of pain relief and administration of nitronox

 

Module 6 - Ambulance Operations

Patient packaging and transport
Moving and handling
Major incident procedures
Ambulance services CBRNE procedures
Data protection and patient confidentiality
Infection prevention and control
Medicines management
Personal safety
Radio communications procedures
Handling the media
Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults

Certification

On successful completion of the course, you will receive the Remote Medic UK EMT Certificate as well as the following highly regarded certifications:

Basic Trauma and Casualty Care (BTACC) certificate (value £340.00)

Resuscitation Council (UK) Immediate Life Support certificate (value £150.00)

 

Whilst the course covers all of the knowledge and skills that you will need to work as a competent Emergency Medical Technician and we will provide you with support in gaining appropriate experience, none of the certifications awarded consitute a license to practice and we cannot guarantee that you will gain employment as an EMT after the course. Unlike other healthcare professionals, EMTs and Ambulance Technicians in the UK are not licensed or State Registered and there is no legal requirement to hold any particular qualification to be employed as an EMT.

Essential Resources

You will need to purchase (or have access to) the following textbooks throughout the course. These books are available from bookshops or from online retailers and will serve as a useful resource throughout your EMT career as well as during the course.

Gregory, P., and Ward, A (2010). Sanders' Paramedic Textbook, Mosby. £33 approx.

Waugh, A., and Grant, A (2010). Ross and Wilson Anatomy and Physiology in Health and Illness, 11th edition, Elsevier. £28 approx.

Next Course

The next course will take place in Colchester, Essex with teaching blocks held on the following dates (may be subject to change with notice):

Module 1    01-02 Feb 2014

Module 2    15-16 Feb 2014

Module 3    01-02 Mar 2014

Module 4    15-16 Mar 2014

Module 5    29-30 Mar 2014

Module 6    12-13 Apr 2014

Module 7    19-20 Apr 2014

Booking and Course Fees

To apply for this course, you must be at least 18 years of age and have completed a minimum of a three-day first aid course and hold a current/recent certification such as First Aid at Work certificate or IHCD First Person on Scene certificate. Although there are no formal academic entry requirements, you must have good written and spoken English and be capable of intensive classroom and practical study.

The course fee for 2014 is £1250.00 which includes all teaching and assessments, module workbooks and handouts, and certification as described above. A deposit is required to secure your place on the course. Payment of the course fee in full prior to the start of the course will attract a discount of 15%.

Special quotations can be provided for groups and organisations who require the course to be delivered for their personnel. The course can also be delivered at your venue(1) either in the UK or overseas(2). To arrange a course at your venue or to be kept informed about upcoming course dates and locations, please contact us.

To book your place on the course simply download and complete the course application form below and forward to the address on the form. Course fees must be paid by bank transfer in accordance with the payment terms for the payment option selected (see application form).

  1. Subject to the suitability of the venue and technical and logistical arrangements at the location.
  2. For overseas bookings the language of instruction is English and candidates should ensure that their understanding of English is sufficient to cope with the clinically technical and intensive nature of the course.
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