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WHAT IS EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, AND WHAT WILL I LEARN?

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a thrilling career that allows you to help others who are in need of emergency medical care. Some of the services which may be provided include assistance with medication, caring for patients injured in a trauma, driving a patient in the ambulance to the hospital, and even resuscitation (CPR).

Enterprise State Community College offers a variety of degree plans in the EMS field. Those options range from a two-year paramedic program for an associate’s degree as well as a handful of short-term certificates in EMS or EMT (emergency medical technician) programs. We teach you to provide first aid care to patients among other hands-on experience opportunities.

Emergency Medical Services

STRENGTHS

STRONG STOMACH

This job will expose you to graphic scenes and images. Bodily fluids will be a common occurrence.

CALMNESS

There will be stressful and high-energy situations that you must be able to remain calm during.

CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS

You must be able to think clearly and figure out what the problem may be. Once you have the problem, you must put the solution into action.

PHYSICALLY FIT AND STRONG

You may have to pick up and physically transport patients.

COMMUNICATION AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS

You must be able to communicate with people of all ages and of all emotional statuses. This may mean having to calm the patient down prior to being able to fully communicate with each other.

FLEXIBILITY

Accidents can occur at any moment. You must be willing and ready to have your schedule interrupted.

What jobs
can I get?

While in the same field, there are a few main titles that you can choose from for your career. Those include EMS where you can be a paramedic or an ambulance driver. You can even choose to be an EMT (EmergencyMedical Technician)!

What type of work
do the jobs consist of?

The daily goal of an EMS or EMT is to assist people. While providing first aid and care to patients, they must also maintain their rig or ambulance. That maintenance ranges from conducting minor maintenance to maintaining the cleanliness of the rig. They also have to restock any used inventory and clean the rig after patients. An EMS or EMT also makes reports regarding patients. Additionally, they must earn and maintain the certifications which enable them to be an EMS or EMT.

What’s the career
growth potential?

Within our area, the need for more EMS and EMT workers is expected to increase in the years to come. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs are expected to grow by 24 percent over the next decade.

An EMS or EMT job is a great start to a great career in the medical field. If highly experienced, an EMS attendant or driver can earn up to $29,670, but has the potential to train for several other higher-earning positions.

For more information, please contact:

Tyler Simmons – Department Chair
Phone: 334-347-2623
Email: tsimmons@escc.edu

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