EMR & EMT 2015 Schedule 
To learn the difference between EMR and EMT scroll down the page
 
 To get an application for the Fall 2015 EMR or EMT program email: Training@WestportEMS.org
 
 Click” Fall EMR EMT Flyer”  for information & to print
 
EMR class begins September 30 and ends December 9th, 2015
Meets every Wednesday and Sunday from 6pm-10pm
Cost $735.00 (includes books and fees)
*Students must be 14-16 years of age
 
EMT Class begins September 30 and ends March 2, 2016
Meets every Wednesday and Sunday from 6pm-10pm
Cost $1250.00 (including books and fees)
*Students must turn 16 years of age on or before March 2, 2016 to take EMT program
**Additional Explorer Post fee of $35.00 for students 16-18 years of age
 
Completed Applications and Tuition Fees DUE  September 17, 2015 by 3pm
 


What is an  EMR, EMT and EMT-Paramedic?

The most common certification in Emergency Medical Services are the, emergency medical responder (EMR)  and the emergency medical technician (EMT). There are three levels of certification that are common to almost every state,EMR,  EMT-Basic and EMT-Paramedic.  Within the industry, it is very common to refer to a basic EMT as simply EMT, and to refer to EMT-Paramedics as paramedics.

So, What’s the Difference?

The biggest differences between paramedics, EMR’s and EMTs are the training and the scope of practice (what they are allowed to do).EMR’s usually receive 80 – 100 hours of training,  Basic EMTs usually receive 120 – 180 hours of training, while paramedics get anywhere from 1,200 hours to 1,800 hours of training. Paramedic programs often award two-year degrees.

The scope of practice differences between EMR’s,  EMTs and Paramedics can be summed up by the ability to break the skin. Most states do not allow basic emergency medical technicians to give shots or start intravenous lifelines. Paramedics, on the other hand, can give shots as well as use more advanced airway management devices to support breathing. Basic EMTs are usually restricted to using oxygen, glucose, asthma inhalers, and epinephrine auto-injectors (a common exception to the no-needles rule). Paramedics are trained in the use of 30-40 medications, depending on the state.

What type of training do I need to be an EMR or EMT?

  • You must be between the ages of 14 and 16 years of age to start the EMR Program.
  • You must be a minimum 16 years of age to start the EMT Program.

The  EMR and  EMT Program prepares the student for Written and Practical  Certification Exams. These courses includes classroom lectures, skill lab sessions, and a 10 hour scheduled hospital observation or Paramedic ride along. Upon successful completion of a course the student will be eligible to sit for the State of Connecticut EMR Exam or the National Registry of EMT’s Exam. Successful completion of this exam will award you a 3 year National and Connecticut EMR or EMT Certification.

What will I learn in the EMR and EMT programs?

The EMR and EMT course follow the US Dept. of Transportation National Curriculum. The course is conducted in 7-15 modules. Westport Volunteer EMS conducts these EMR & EMT classes in a variety of schedules to accommodate individual student needs. You can find classes held in the evenings or daytime in several hour blocks of time.

Who will pay for the cost of my EMR or EMT Training if I am a volunteer?

If you are a member of a local volunteer ambulance then usually there is no cost to you for  training and all subsequent training  programs. Check with your local organization to see if you eligible for free tuition or can be enrolled in a  tuition reimbursement program.

Students not eligible for or not submitting payment authorization from a local EMS organization may pay for classes by check or money order only.

 

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