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Emergency Medical Responder

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Emergency Medical Responder Pathway

Why Emergency Medical Responder?

Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) workers save lives on a daily basis. They are usually the first line of defense for victims of serious and life-threatening medical trauma. Responders must react quickly to varying situations to ensure patients arrive to a medical facility in a stable condition. Teamwork is valued because responders usually work in pairs. One looks after the patient while the other responder drives to the medical facility. Responders use special equipment and training to ensure the patient arrives safely. Some of the basic skills used include advanced first aid (including bleeding control and performing emergency diagnostic and treatment procedures during ambulance ride), cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and automated external defibrillator (AED) usage. Physical, mental, and emotional strength are needed by individuals striving for a career as an Emergency Medical Responder.

Emergency Medical Responders work for hospitals, private and public ambulance services, and local governments. The job outlook is favorable for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics. In Georgia, the job outlook for this field is expected to increase by 30.4% between 2012 and 2022 for an average of 2.7% per year through 2022. This is much faster than the average for all occupations. Occupations will include:

•    Emergency Medical Responder
•    Emergency Medical Technician – Basic
•    Emergency Medical Technician – Intermediate
•    Paramedic
•    Critical Care Paramedic
•    Emergency Management Director
•    Flight Paramedic
•    Emergency Management Director
•    Physician Assistant
•    Firefighter
•    Police Officer
•    Sheriffs and Deputy Firefighter

Numerous job openings will stem from employment growth in the healthcare and governmental areas of the economy. Some of the growth in the healthcare industry can be attributed to an aging population and increases in the average lifespan.

EMR Courses & Schedule

Emergency Medical Responder Course Schedule

Introduction to Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security – 2 semesters.
Introduction to Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (LPSCS) is the first course in the pathway. This course provides students with career-focused educational opportunities in various LPSCS fields. It examines the basic concepts of law related to citizens’ rights and the responsibilities, and students will receive instruction in critical skill areas including: communicating with diverse groups, conflict resolution, ethics, CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Training, or similar program), basic firefighting, report writing, terrorism, civil and criminal law.

Essentials of Fire and Emergency Services 
Prerequisite: Introduction to Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
Essentials of Fire and Emergency Services is the second course in the pathway.  This course addresses the essential components needed for fire and emergency services. Students will be prepared for their third-course options that include the following: firefighting, emergency medical responder, and public safety communications. Students will explore career options, interagency communications, medical services, and basic firefighting standards.

Emergency Medical Responder 
Prerequisites: Introduction to Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security and Essentials of Fire and Emergency Services
Emergency Medical Responder is the third course in the pathway. The Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) course prepares the student to provide initial stabilizing care to the sick or injured prior to the arrival of Emergency Medical Services Professionals (EMS), and to assist EMS personnel in transporting patients for definitive care at an appropriate hospital/facility. Major areas of instruction include Introductory Medical Terminology and Anatomy & Physiology; Responder Safety; Incident Command; Blood-borne Pathogen Training; Basic Physical Assessment; and Treatment of Trauma and Medical Emergencies; Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and the use of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs). The course is a blend of lecture, hands on lab/learning, and practical scenario-based learning/testing.

Post Secondary Institutions of Study

Post-Secondary Institutes to Study Emergency Medical Responder

•    Atlanta Technical College
•    Bainbridge College
•    Central Georgia Technical College
•    Chattahoochee Technical College

•    Darton State College
•    Fortis College
•    Georgia Northwestern Technical College
•    North Georgia Technical College
•    And many other colleges and universities to study medical-related careers.

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