Emergency Medical Technician-Basics looking to take the next step in developing their skills can take advantage of Rend Lake College’s EMT-Intermediate program this fall.
Those currently licensed as EMT-Basics, or those who will be licensed by July 1, are eligible to enroll. Students must pass the pre-entrance test administered by the Emergency Medical Services coordinator.
Pre-entrance testing will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at the Sister Joanne Building at St. Mary’s/Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon. Program registration and orientation will follow the testing.
The first course in the sequence, “Paramedic Services I” (EMTP 1260), will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at St. Mary’s/Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon beginning August 23. The course deals with emergency medications, airway maintenance, treatment of trauma and decision-making during emergencies. Students will gain experience in starting intravenous lines, administering medications and nebulizer treatments, drawing blood and performing intubation.
The next course in the sequence is “Paramedic Services II” (EMTP 1262), which deals with medical emergencies and special populations, including obstetrical and pediatric emergencies. Students will experience ECG interpretation, defibrillator use and medication administration.
This two-semester program meets current Illinois Department of Public Health standards for training as an EMT-Intermediate. Students who successfully complete this occupational certificate may apply to take the IDPH EMT-I examination. Learning occurs in classroom, laboratory, hospital and field settings.
To sign up for the pre-entrance test, contact EMS Coordinator Robert Hyman at (618) 241-1010. For more information about Rend Lake College’s EMT-I or related programs, contact the Allied Health Division at (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1251, or call toll-free (in-district only) at 1-800-369-5321, Ext. 1251.