New EMT course starts this summer

 Blackhawk Technical College is offering a new basic Emergency Medical Technician-Basic course over two semesters, the first time a Wisconsin Technical College System school has received approval to split the five-credit, 180-hour course into two sections.

The new arrangement will see the EMT-Basic course divided into a two-credit summer school offering and a three-credit class in the fall semester.  The summer school class begins June 10th and runs through July 29th . This class will be held on Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

The fall semester class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.  Blackhawk also will continue to offer the five-credit, EMT basic course on Mondays and Wednesdays mornings at the Central Campus and evenings at the Monroe Campus during the fall semester.

Registration for the two-tiered course and the five-credit course begins April 28th. The courses prepare students to take the national certification test for EMT-Basic.

“We listened to feedback from our students,’’ said David Peterson, the Fire Services Training Coordinator at Blackhawk. “We learned that some students in the Fire Protection Technician Program were going beyond the two years in which the program is intended to be completed because of the academic and clinical needs of the EMT Fundamentals course.’’

The two-credit, 54-hour summer class will cover cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, airways, anatomy, hazmat response, lifting and moving patients, incident command and other technical information.

The three-credit, 126-hour fall class includes a 10-hour clinical as well as the handling of cervical and spine injuries, burn injuries, heart and breathing related problems, shock and other trauma injuries.

For more information on the EMT-Basic courses, check http://courses.blackhawk.edu/coursesections.aspx?subj=503&crse=125 and http://courses.blackhawk.edu/coursesections.aspx?subj=503&crse=128.

For a broader look at Blackhawk’s Fire Protection Technician Program, please look at http://courses.blackhawk.edu/curr_std.aspx?program=105032.

503-125   EMT Fundamentals  
This two-credit, eight-week course covers the basics of the Emergency Medical Technician-Basic certification course to include CPR, airways, anatomy, hazmat response requirements, lifting and moving patients, incident command, and other technical information. It is the first part of a two-course system to prepare students for national certification testing for EMT-Basic.

503-128   EMT Applications  
This three-credit, fall semester course is an extension of, and completion of, the EMT Fundamental course. This course covers the bulk of the Emergency Medical Technician-Basic certification course to include the handling of cervical and spine injuries, burn injuries, heart and breathing related problems, shock, and other trauma injuries. This course includes several lab days to practice and perfect skills, clinical time, and extensive hands-on activities. This course prepares students for national certification testing for EMT-Basic. Admittance into this course must be within two years of completing Course # 503-125, EMT Fundamentals.