EMT classes begin Sept. 11

Sep 5, 2017

For those looking to jump-start a new career quickly, ACTC’s EMT training courses can be completed in just 12 short weeks.

Students in ACTC’s EMT program learn the proper care of sick and injured patients, with training for such emergency situations as broken bones, heart attack, puncture wounds and vehicle accidents. This course prepares students for the EMT skills test administered by the Cabinet for Human Services. This training is also provided to fire/rescue and other emergency service personnel, industries, institutions and government agencies.

“Students will learn to handle all types of medical emergencies and trauma incidents,” said Mark Hammond, regional coordinator. “The class is 170 hours in length and includes riding 24 hours with an ambulance service.”

Hammond said students will learn to splint, take vital signs, assist with several medications, along with recognizing and treating medical emergencies.

Upon completion of the intensive, hands-on program, students will be tested on their skills and must take a national written test to become certified as an EMT. Individuals certified as an EMT will have that certification in the State of Kentucky and a certification from the National Registry of EMTs. Individuals will maintain this certification for a two-year period.

“This course is vital because EMT's are the first line responders in the community,” Hammond said. “They are also used in every hospital for patient care. They are used in plants and industries working safety to keep workers safe every day.”

The 12-week course begins on Sept. 11 and registration can be made until the beginning of classes. Classes meet from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the State Fire Rescue Training Area 10, 12307 Midland Trail, Ashland.

Applicants to the program must be at least 18 years old prior to sitting for the certification boards; and have a high school diploma or GED and pass a reading comprehension test or have an ACT score of at least 16 or higher or have a college degree. Applicants also must not have a felony conviction.

Tuition for the class is $850. Students are responsible for the purchase of books, blood pressure cuff, stethoscope and face mask. Payment plans are available on an individual basis.

To register for the EMT program or for more information, contact Harmon at mark.hammond@kctcs.edu or 606-585-0256 or Pam McAllister@kctcs.edu.