Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or paramedics most often work out of an ambulance and respond to emergency calls relayed to them through a dispatcher. Their vehicle serves as a mobile clinic and the paramedic team that operates it is responsible for keeping it stocked, sterilized, and fully operational at all times. Paramedics are trained in emergency care and life support procedures such as resuscitation, cardiac defibrillation, stomach suction, and clearing airway blockages. They will often administer emergency care while transporting the patient to a hospital. Paramedics will closely coordinate with other emergency medical teams (fire, police, rescue) to respond to crisis events.
Degree Type: Associate Degree
Field: Health Science
County: Travis, Williamson, Hays, BastropVisit Link: Emergency Medical Services Professions (ACC) Visit Link: Emergency Medical Technician (Temple College)
Classes offered at Austin Community College.
Earn and stack certifications as you work toward your Associate Degree.
Classes offered at Temple College.
A professional toolset provided (applied technology) -OR- a uniform of scrubs and stethoscope provided (healthcare)
Handles pressure, critical thinking, resourceful problem solver, excellent communication, team player, trained in advanced life support, pediatric advanced life support, emergency medical care, acute care, and mental health
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