The EMS program cluster consists of four programs including Emergency Medical Technician, Advanced EMT, EMT-Paramedic and Paramedic Technician. Each program is a stepping stone for the next starting with the Emergency Medical Technician program. The level of certification needed for employment is dependent on where a graduate is looking to apply and what type of work they will be doing.
The Emergency Medical Technician technical diploma program includes 180 hours of entry-level training in emergency medicine. Students develop the skills and knowledge needed to assess and manage all types of injuries and acute illnesses while providing safe and rapid patient transport to a medical facility. Emergency medical technicians can drive an ambulance, open and maintain a patient’s airway, ventilate patients, perform CPR and other basic lifesaving skills. Completion of the program will allow the individual the ability to test and credential through the National Registry of EMTs.
Emergency Medical Technician is the foundational program for Gateway’s EMS cluster. Anyone wishing to pursue other levels of EMS licensure, such as Advanced EMT or Paramedic, must first be licensed as an Emergency Medical Technician before being eligible to register in subsequent EMS licensure programs.