EMT Training in Arizona



Arizona EMT training is structured to teach essential lifesaving skills that Emergency Personnel have to master during their careers. These skills will form the basis that will empower EMTs to greatly improve the pre hospital outcomes of the patients they encounter. Becoming an EMT in Arizona is not as simple as filling out a job application. Emergency medicine is a licensed profession and as such, has to subscribe to guidelines both on the state and federal level. All EMT’s are required to have received training as detailed in the National Emergency Medical Services Education Standards. Each state is allowed to dictate how and where EMS students will be taught as long as they follow the minimums prescribed by the above education standards.

In Arizona, all EMT students must receive training from a state approved training course. This course will include classroom instruction as well as practical, hands on, skill training. EMTs training in Arizona is divided into three main categories.

  1. EMT Basic- Basics are taught basic life support, and prehospital trauma care. They are also taught how to recognize life threats and correct them with a limited scope.
  1. EMT Intermediate or AEMT-  Advanced EMT’s have a training level beyond the Basic. Their scope of practice is greater and they are able to assist Paramedic level responders in advanced level life support care. AEMT’s learn how to start IV’s and place a patient on a monitor.
  1. EMT Paramedic- Paramedics are advanced life support providers that are the highest licence that an emergency responder can obtain in pre-hospital care. Paramedics are able to read ECG’s, provide medications, start IV’s and provide limited surgical intervention in the field. They are also capable of running a full cardiac arrest code in the field in the same manner that would be ran in an Emergency Department. Further information on EMT Paramedic Training.

Beginning a career in EMS will require the future first responder to complete an EMT basic course before they will be allowed to attend a course to become an ALS (Advanced Life Support) Provider. After the student passes their class they will have to go through the licensing process. Arizona EMT Certification Process.

Check out this exact program at:https://azemergency.com/

Requirements

The requirements to gain a job as an EMT are as follows:

  1. Have reached 18 years of age.
  2. Candidates must possess a valid driver’s license.
  3. Be a US Citizen or legal alien.
  4. Candidates must also complete High School and Possess a Diploma or GED.
  5. English fluency is important for EMTs.
  6. Pass a mandatory criminal background check and must not have any felony convictions.
  7. EMT trainees have the physical and mental ability to do the job.
  8. Students will have to provide proof of immunization including:
    1. Hep-B
    2. Measles
    3. Mumps
    4. Diphtheria
    5. Tetanus
    6. Rubella

Immunization Proof can be obtained through a primary care provider. If unable to locate childhood vaccines then the prospective student can obtain a TITER Blood Draw to provide proof of immunization.




A Brief Overview of EMT School Course Curriculum

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The basic coursework/curriculum of EMT programs includes:

  • Basic knowledge about the human body
    • Students will learn about the Anatomy and Physiology of:
      • The Respiratory System
      • The Cardiovascular System
      • The Nervous System
      • The Endocrine System
      • The Gastrointestinal System
      • The Immune System
  • Medical and legal issues
  • Vital signs
    • Students will learn learn how to assess:
      • Blood Pressure
      • Respirations
      • Pain
      • Level of consciousness
      • Blood Oxygen Percentage
  • Properly lifting and moving of the patients
    • An essential skill to master. The potential for back injury is a reality for EMS personnel.
  • Airway management
    • Students will learn airway maneuvers such as:
      • Head Tilt Chin Lift
      • Jaw Thrust
    • Use of medical devices to to secure and preserve a patient’s airway such as:
      • OPA, NPA placement
      • Kingtube and Combitube Placement
      • Paramedics will learn how to place an Endotracheal Tube, or perform an emergency cricothyrotomy
    • Techniques to clear the airway such as:
      • Heimlich Maneuver
      • Finger Sweep
      • Medics will learn how to use the Magill Forceps
  • Patient assessment
    • Students will learn how to assess patients for both medical and trauma based emergencies. This will entail learning how to perform both quick total body exams as well as focused exams.
  • Handling of respiratory, cardiovascular, diabetic or poison emergencies
    • Candidates will learn how to identify different emergencies as well as how to treat them in an emergency setting.
  • Obstetrics/Gynaecology
    • Be prepared to learn how to deliver a baby in the field.
  • Shock and bleeding management
    • Future responders will learn about the stages of shock as well as the types of shock. Students will become proficient in bleeding control as well as bandaging and the use of a tourniquet.
  • Head, neck or spinal injuries
    • This will deal with the assessment and care of spinal trauma. Students will learn how to extricate a crash victim as well as apply a C-Collar and Backboard.
  • Infants and children
    • Pediatric patients will present differently than adult patient and require alternative care when dealing with the approach and management of various illness.
  • Ambulance operations or transportation management

Duration & Fees of EMT Training

    1. EMT Basic- The duration of EMT Basic class on average will be 4 Months. There are academy style programs that can take as little as 2 months to complete. The type of training and program length will be dependant on the training site. Expect to pay anywhere from 600 to 2100 dollars for EMT Basic Class. Typically training centers have classes that can fit any schedule. Basic Students will have to complete a minimum of 48 clinical rotation hours in addition to class time.
    2. EMT Intermediate or AEMT- Duration of intermediate level training can take 8-16 weeks. It is important to note that a student does not have to complete AEMT in order to progress into medic and this level is often skipped in favor of EMT Paramedic Training. Expect around 1500-3000 dollars in course fee depending on the training site.
    3. EMT Paramedic- Paramedic level instruction will take a student 16 months to 2 years. The class is difficult, with a lot of information provided in a manner that will challenge the student. In addition to class time, a student will be expected to complete at least 500 hours of clinical rotations.

The information provided should give those interested in EMT training a general idea of what to expect. Many schools offer classes are offered during nights as well as 1 or 2 days a week. Many people entering the program are working adults and many courses cater to these individuals.

Further information can on how to decide where to attend classes can be found here: https://emttrainingstation.com/how-to-decide-where-to-attend-emt-school-for-ems-training/

The NREMT Exam

In Arizona, the process for certification in the EMS field involves the National Registry. The Registry is a testing body that provides a standard of testing and many states use this body as a way to certify that an individual is qualified to possess a EMT or Paramedic level medical license in that state. If you are considering a career in the field of Emergency Services then you will most likely need to familiarize yourself with the NREMT Exam.

What does NREMT stand for? The acronym stands for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians and embodies all level of the profession from Medical First Responder all the way to the level of Paramedic. The NREMT is an organisation that validates the training of EMS personnel and a benefit of belonging to this Registry is that in many cases it allows for easy transfer of licenses between states that use the Registry as their prefered validation method.

Additional information on the NREMT Exam can be found at the following links:

https://emttrainingstation.com/what-is-the-nremt-exam/

https://www.nremt.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Registry_of_Emergency_Medical_Technicians

Arizona Emergency Medicine Contact Information:

Bureau of Emergency Medical Services & Trauma System
150 N. 18th Ave., Suite 540
Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 364-3150
(800) 200-8523
(602) 364-3568 Fax
Driving Directions

Tucson Office
400 W. Congress, Suite 100
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 628-6985
(520) 770-3103 Fax
Driving Directions

State of Arizona Approved EMT Training Centers:

Prospective EMTs and Paramedics will have to attend classes at a state approved location. Often times the decision as to where to attend class is as important as passing the course and gaining licensure. Those needing help in deciding which program is right for them can read:

https://emttrainingstation.com/how-to-decide-where-to-attend-emt-school-for-ems-training/

The article discusses the difference between attending class at a trade school or at a college or university level program.

Below you will find a list of state approved locations:

  • Arizona Western College
    Address: 2020, South Avenue, 8E Yuma, Arizona- 85365
    Contact Number: (928) 317-6000
    Official Website: https://www.azwestern.edu/
  • Central Arizona College
    Address: District Office, 8470 North Overfield Road, Coolidge, Arizona- 85128
    Contact Number: 800-237-9814
    Official Website:http://www.centralaz.edu/
  • East Valley Institute of Technology
    Address: 1601, West Main Street, Mesa, Arizona- 85201
    Contact Number: 480-461-4000
    Official Website:http://www.evit.com/
  • Eastern Arizona College
    Address: 615, North Stadium Avenue, Thatcher, Arizona- 85552
    Contact Number: 928-428-8472, 800-678-3808
    Official Website: http://www.eac.edu/
  • Mesa Community College
    Address: Southern & Dobson Campus, 1833, West Southern Avenue, Mesa, Arizona- 85202
    Contact Number: 480-461-7000
    Official Website:http://www.mesacc.edu/
  • Mohave Community College
    Address: 1971, Jagerson Avenue, Kingman, Arizona- 86409
    Contact Number: 928-757-4331
    Fax: 928-757-0837
    Official Website:http://www.mohave.edu/
  • Paradise Valley Community College
    Address: 18401, North 32nd Street, Phoenix, Arizona- 85032
    Contact Number: 602-787-6500
    Official Website:http://www.pvc.maricopa.edu/
  • Pima Community College
    Address: 4905, East Broadway Boulevard, Tucson, Arizona- 85709-1010
    Contact Number: (520) 206-4500
    Official Website: http://www.pima.edu/
  • Glendale Community College
    Address: 6000, West Olive Avenue, Glendale, Arizona- 85302
    Contact Number: (623) 845-3000
    Official Address: http://www2.gccaz.edu/
  • Northland Pioneer College
    Address: 1001, West Deuce of Clubs, Show Low, Arizona- 85901
    Contact Number: (928) 532-6111
    Official Website:http://www.npc.edu/
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