What’s the Difference between an EMT and a Paramedic?
As first responders, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) answer emergency calls and transport patients to medical facilities. They are responsible for assessing a patient’s condition and managing respiratory, cardiac and trauma emergencies. They generally receive 190 hours of education and training.
Paramedics, on the other hand, are advanced providers of emergency medical care who receive approximately 1200 hours of education and training. They start IV’s, give medication, as well as use advanced airway management techniques to help patients breathe. They are trained in advanced cardiac life support and make transport decisions to take patients to the most appropriate hospitals. They serve as leaders on their teams in the field.
The EMT Program prepares students interested in pursuing a career in public safety.
In the Paramedic Program, you’ll learn how to dynamically lead your team of first responders, while honing your skills to manage life-threatening situations.
Online and on-campus EMT and paramedic courses start at various times throughout the year, giving you the opportunity to choose what works best for you.