Field of Study: Emergency Medical Care
Emergency medical care programs teach people to rescue others and save lives.
Emergency medical care programs include topics such as:
- First aid and emergency medicine field techniques
- Patient stabilization and care
- Medical field communications
- Equipment operation and maintenance
- Emergency vehicle operation
- Emergency surgical procedures
- Basic anatomy, physiology, pathology, and toxicology
- Crisis scene management and personnel supervision
- Applicable standards and regulations
During your training, you complete an internship in the field. During this period, you work under the supervision of a licensed paramedic.
In emergency medical care programs, students may be able to specialize in:
- Emergency care attendant (EMT Ambulance)
- Emergency medical technology/technician (EMT Paramedic)
Many community colleges and technical schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in emergency medical care. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years of full-time study to complete.
Several colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in emergency medical care. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.
Very few universities offer graduate degrees in emergency medical care. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.