Course Description

This is the entry-level course to the Emergency Medical Service profession. Curriculum includes, EMT roles and responsibilities, airway management, patient assessment, medical emergencies, anatomy and physiology, documentation, lifting and moving, and communications. Practical labs will be conducted. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be eligible to take the National Registry test and certify as an EMT in the State of Nevada.

Prerequisites

To enter this course prospective students must:

  • Be 18 years old
  • Have a current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR certification
  • Have current medical insurance
  • Have a clean criminal record. Contact us with specific questions.
  • Have proof of a negative TB exam in the last 6 months
  • Have proof of immunizations including Hepatitis B, MMR-DPT and Varicella (or positive Chicken Pox history).
  • Selection Process

    All prospective students must register for an entrance exam and complete the exam to be ranked and accepted into the program. The exam includes information on CPR knowledge, basic reading and math comprehension, and a writing sample. There is no study guide for this exam. Students are encouraged to be refreshed on current AHA Healthcare Provider CPR knowledge and be prepared to complete simple math including addition, subtractions, fractions, conversions, and some basic algebra.

    Typical Schedule

    The REMSA EMT course typically meets Monday and Wednesday nights from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Courses typically begin in January, April, and July and last approximately 28 class days. The schedule is subject to change.

    You will also be required to schedule and complete two (2) 12-hour clinical shifts and two (1) 12-hour field shifts outside of class time. These are minimum requirements of the course and more time may be required if necessary to meet current course standards.

    Student Expetations

    Attendance

    Students are required to attend class, labs, clinical time, and an ambulance shift. Failure to complete any of these requirements will result in failing the program. Students are allowed to miss up to 15 hours of class time and will not be allowed to complete missed quizzes or exams.

    Grading

    Students must maintain a 70% average in the class to be eligible to test and remain in the program. All exams must be passed with an 80% or higher. Students scoring between a 70 and 79 will be allowed to retest one time and must score an 80% on the retest.

    Grading Scale

    • A 90-100
    • B 80-89
    • C 70-79
    • D 60-69
    • F 0-59

    Professionalism

    The REMSA EMT class is fast paced and demanding of your time and effort. Successful students will need to dedicate a significant amount of time outside the classroom to studying and skill development in order to meet the requirements to pass this class. EMS is a career that requires professionalism and character and you will be consistently evaluated not only on your academic endeavors but you professional behavior as well.

    Fees

    The REMSA EMT program costs $725.00. This fee does not include the course textbook, background check fees, or accessories that you deem necessary to be successful. Students will need to have access to a watch and stethoscope for clinical rotations.

    Once accepted in the program you will need to purchase or rent a textbook. Information about the required text will be included with your acceptance notification. Do not wait to secure your text as it is required on the first day of class.

    More Information

    You are encouraged to know the physical and mental demands of the EMT profession. Students will be required to participate in labs, clinical internships, and field internships. There are no exceptions to these requirements. This is a physically and mentally demanding field and you will be required to participate safely in all aspects of the program. Please read the Functional Job Analysis that is included in the email confirmation you receive after registering for the entrance exam or by clicking here.

    In addition to physical requirements of the program, you need to be prepared to put in a great deal of effort to be academically successful in this program. Successful students typically spend an additional 10 to 15 hours per week studying material and preparing for exams outside the classroom. It is expected that all students will come to class prepared by reading all associated materials from the text. Students will be tested regularly and any student failing to meet academic standards will be dropped from the program.

    REMSA frequently hires EMS providers for a variety of positions. Check our employment opportunities page for more information and a current list of open positions.

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