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Summer Semester 2021 Catalog

Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT), Technical Certificate of Credit

Overview

Offered at the Augusta campus

Entrance Dates: Spring
Length of Program: One Term
Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 10

Program Description: The Advanced Emergency Medical Technician certificate program prepares students 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 (AEMT) is a link from the scene to the emergency health care system. This technical certificate of credit replaces the EM01 "Emergency Medical Technician (Intermediate)" technical certificate of credit. High school diploma or GED is required for admission to the program.

An EMT functions as a primary care provider in the prehospital setting. The EMT is responsible for all aspects of care provided to the sick and injured. 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 medications. The EMT is responsible for driving the ambulance in a safe manner under all conditions. The EMT must have a thorough knowledge of the street, highway and addressing system in which he or she will be working. In organizations that provide advanced patient care, the EMT will work under the direction of a paramedic and assume a support role. The EMT must understand all applicable legal, moral and ethical issues surrounding emergency medical service. The EMT must be dedicated to continued learning through continuing education and maintenance of licensure and certification.

Employment Opportunities: Emergency Medical Technicians are employed by ambulance services, fire departments, and other medical facilities.

Credentialing (Required):  Successful completion of the program allows the graduate to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians AEMT certification examination and apply for Georgia licensure as an AEMT.

Curriculum Outline

Occupational Courses, 10 credits

EMSP 1510ADV CONCEPTS FOR THE AEMT

3

EMSP 1520ADV PATIENT CARE FOR THE AEMT

3

EMSP 1530CLINICAL APPS FOR THE AEMT

1

EMSP 1540CLINICAL & PRACTICAL APPS AEMT

3

Notes:

  • Documentation of EMT Certification is a minimum requirement for admission to the AEMT Program.
  • A grade of "C" or higher is required in all courses with the prefix EMSP.
  • A student who does not earn a grade of "C" or higher in any course with the EMSP prefix will be suspended from the program for one year. Before re-entering the program, the student must complete an individualized remedial program assigned by the department head. After the third unsuccessful attempt of any courses with the EMSP prefix, the student will not be allowed to re-enter the Emergency Medical Technician Program.
  • The student bears the responsibility for paying for the health requirements of the program. Students are required to sign an authorization to allow Augusta Tech faculty members to release health information to clinical sites.. Students must submit completed medical and dental information prior to beginning clinical rotations. Separate documentation will be required for Hepatitis B seroconversion, RPR, TB testing, and all immunizations and/or titers. Students who refuse to take the Hepatitis B vaccination series must sign a declination form and be aware that clinical practicum sites may refuse them an opportunity to gain clinical experience.
  • To be admitted to the program, each student must:
    1. Be 18 years old before completing the program,
    2. Sign a statement that states he/she is neither alcohol nor drug dependent,
    3. Be physically and mentally capable of performing the duties of an Emergency Medical Technician, and
    4. Be a high school graduate or equivalent prior to start of course.
  • Conviction of a felony or gross misdemeanor may prohibit employment in field and may make a student ineligible to take licensing/certification exam(s) required for the profession. A background check and/or drug screen at the student’s expense may be required by some agencies before a student attends a clinical practicum. For more information, contact the appropriate program advisor.
  • Student activities associated with the curriculum, especially while students are completing his or her clinical rotations, will be educational in nature. Students will not be receiving monetary remuneration during this educational experience, nor will he or she be substituted for hired staff personnel within the clinical institution in the capacity of an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
  • The College does not offer a student health plan. At the present time, students are responsible for their own health care costs. We advise you to have coverage under a personal, family, or work health insurance plan.
  • Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to clinical sites.